Showing posts from July, 2009

Swine Flu

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

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

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

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.