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E. Coli and Food Safety

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How safe is our food supply? As we strive to eat a more healthy diet we're finding that even our fresh fruits & vegetables are exposing us to the risks we'd come to expect from meat and fish. In the U.S. alone there have been recent major outbreaks of E. Coli contamination involving produce. In the summer of 1997 it was alfalfa sprouts in Michigan and Virginia. In 2006 tainted spinach killed 3 and sent 102 Californians to the hospital. In late 2006 E. Coli was traced to onions at Taco Bell restaurants in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and South Carolina. Robert Tauxe from the CDC says washing your fruits and vegetable may not be enough. "We recommend washing produce in general, even if you plan to peel it but it’s tough to get bacteria off of greens." "Many of the recurrent outbreaks have come from leafy greens—especially lettuce— sprouts, and unpasteurized juices and cider." The CDC urges folks to thoroughly wash their produce and coo…

Biophoto Medical Images

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Health care is all over the news these days, as the Obama administration struggles to expand coverage and reform an ailing system. Amid all the talk, it is easy to forget the roll of Medical Researchers, whose hard work allows us to diagnose potentially deadly diseases and then undergo many of those hotly-debated life-saving operations. Years of research and technological leaps have given today's doctors the eyes and tools that were never even imagined years ago. The world of petri dishes and micrographs of cancers, bacteria, and viruses are far from the experience of most people, but such things are just another day at the office for many Medical Research Scientists.

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New Medical Illustration

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These days, medical illustration has gone digital. Where artists once drew by hand, many now use graphic design programs to create detailed images of the human body. Such programs offer an amazing range of tools that artists can use to create their own particular style of computer illustration. Contemporary illustrators also benefit from the better raw visuals available in the medical industry. The superior imaging machines being used by doctors and researchers give illustrators a better look inside living bodies. As always, these artists have the unique advantage of being able to improve on the raw images that come from such sources. They can give us a clear and truly beautiful look at neural pathways, kidneys, the skeletal system, or a hip replacement -- from any angle we like. And such artists can use their imagination to create conceptual drawings of, say, a brain on psychedelics or a person suffering from schizophrenia.

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Stormy Weather

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Parts of the United States have had the wettest and coolest summer on record, reminding us of the way in which even mild weather trends can affect us. When severe weather hits it can be, as we all know, devastating. Unfortunately, with global warming, we will see more of these extreme storms in the future. In 2007, USA Today reported that the number of hurricanes that develop each year has more than doubled over the past century. It quotes a report published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A that claims average hurricane numbers jumped sharply during the 20th century, from 3.5 per year in the first 30 years to 8.4 in the earliest years of the 21st century. Over that time, Atlantic Ocean surface temperatures increased .65 degrees, which experts call a significant increase. With climate change, we can expect hurricanes, floods, droughts, and other meteorological effects to be worse and more frequent than in the past.
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Scientists & Inventors

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Science has been responsible for some of our greatest triumphs and tragedies. "Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of our science," wrote Emerson. Some of these wonderings have led to the diesel engine, the telescope and the atom bomb, others to quantum mechanics and evolutionary theory. Who are the major players in the history of science? Everyone knows about Darwin and Einstein, but many more women and men have wondered about the world and made major contributions to the way we live now.

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Medical Body Scans

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Medical Body Scans
The human body is always breaking down, but one perk of living in the 21st century is our access to cutting-edge diagnostic techniques. Medical body imaging such as MRI's, X-rays, 3D CT scans, ultrasounds and nuclear bone scans -- among other techniques -- have transformed the way we see and heal the body. It is now a simple matter to step inside the human brain or look into someone's heart! Though originally in black and white, such medical scans can be color-enhanced to make it easy to identify parts of the image. Colors bring the scans to life, highlighting the areas of interest, such as the location of a tumor or fracture.

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Swine Flu

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The Swine Flu Epidemic
Just because Swine Flu has been out of the news cycle for a short while doesn't mean we should let our guards down. You'll remember that this current pandemic was first identified in April 2009. It began in Mexico but quickly spread up into various parts of the U.S. thanks in part to spring break down in places like Cancun and Cozumel. Dr. Anne Schuchat from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control thinks that as school starts up again in the fall, the spread of Swine Flu will continue. "This year we've been seeing this 2009 H1N1 influenza virus circulating in the summer months. We've seen it in camps and military units. I'm just expecting when school reopens and kids get back together, we expect to see an increase." Although most cases have so far been mild, many were caught off guard by how quickly the disease was transmitted. "The virus has spread fast, Schuchat said. "We have seen this virus reach every country in a …

Hospital Acquired Infections

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Hospital Borne Infections

Is our troubled economy beginning to take a toll on the fight to rein in infectious diseases at your local hospital? A recent survey by a group called APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) suggests that as health systems cut back on hiring, staffing, and work hours there are fewer medical professionals available to help stem the spread of hospital borne infections including super-bug threats like MRSA, Clostridium difficile, and Acinetobacter. This situation is especially worrisome given that the healthcare industry in the United States is already being strained by the ongoing Swine Flu epidemic.

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Deadly Skin Cancer

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Sun Exposure and Skin Cancer

The most common form of cancer in the U.S. today is Skin Cancer. As the hot summer weather moves us outdoors we increase our exposure to the sun's damaging UV radiation. There are 3 types of skin cancer, basal cell, squamous cell, and melanoma. Of these, Melanoma is by far the most deadly. According to the National Cancer Institute, Melanoma accounts for just 3% of the reported skin cancer cases yet it causes 75% of the skin cancer fatalities. The NCI advises that we avoid long term exposure to the sun and always use some type of sunblock whenever we are outdoors.

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Man On The Moon

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Our First Steps on the Moon!
On July 20th, 1969 many of us remember sitting glued to our TV sets as we watched the first shadowy images of two U.S. astronauts walking on the surface of our nearest celestial neighbor. Back then the very idea of the launching, docking, landing, and exploring seemed incredible, almost impossible. Today we barely blink an eye as the Space Shuttle and International Space Station regularly orbit right over head. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission let's all try to think back to that child-like sense of wonder at what we had accomplished. When you really get down to it, the reason we were able to pull off that amazing feat is quite simple -- We just decided to go!Take a look at our science images celebrating the Apollo 11 moon landing! We are Science Source. We specialize in Medical and Science stock photography.* Science Source is a division of Photo Researchers, Inc.