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DON'T IGNORE THE NOROVIRUS

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CDC - Norovirus Home Page 
"Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up.

Anyone can be infected with norovirus and get sick. Also, you can have norovirus illness many times in your life. Norovirus illness can be serious, especially for young children and older adults.

Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Each year, it causes 19-21 million illnesses and contributes to 56,000-71,000 hospitalizations and 570-800 deaths. Norovirus is also the most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in the United States.

The best way to help prevent norovirus is to practice proper hand washing and general cleanliness."


A Brotherhood of Fruit Flies

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In the news: "Fruit Fly Brothers Tend to Cooperate" by Sindya N. Bhanoo The New York Times January 24, 2013

Remember Caffeine?

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In the news: "Caffeine's little memory jolt garners a lot of excitement" by Bethany Brookshire Science News January 17th 2014
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Smoking is still terrible for you.

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In the news: "List of Smoking-Related Illnesses Grows Significantly in U.S. Report" by Sabrina Tavernise New York Times January 17, 2014

Green Tea Antioxidants Diminish Effects of Blood Pressure Medication

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In the news: "Green tea may sabotage blood pressure medication" by Beth Mole Science News January 13, 2014