It turns out that the stuff we flush down the toilet is surprisingly useful. A significant portion of flushed poo, in fact, ends up fertilizing crops that we eventually eat, said Daniel Noguera, a civil engineer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Some of our poop gets used as fuel, heating the very facilities that process our waste. And the rest eventually reaches landfills. But before the fate of your poop is sealed, a long series of steps ensures it's free from disease, and safe for farms and waterways. … [Read more...] about Where does all our poop go?
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The rise of antibiotics – and superbugsThe modern antibiotic era began with the discovery of penicillin in 1928, which led to dramatic improvements in our ability to treat common infections. This was probably the most important discovery in the history of modern medicine. And for a long time, antibiotics reigned supreme in the battle against previously deadly bacterium. … [Read more...] about Infection Control: Why Doctors Over-Prescribe Antibiotics (Op-Ed)
The virus, causing an outbreak in China, was identified as a novel Coronavirus. Since then, Wuhan city of China made headlines in the media reports on a daily basis for being the epicentre of the outbreak of deadly virus. According to media reports, the popular market in Wuhan was closed on January 1 for environmental sanitation and disinfection. The virus was rapidly transmitted to other parts of the globe as 28 cases were confirmed outside China mainland, including countries like the United States, Vietnam, South Korea and Hong Kong. One case was also reported in Nepal. The chances of spreading the virus were estimated high due to Chinese new year celebration. Given the fact that people from India frequently travelled to and fro China and the deadly virus had reached to close neighbourhood Nepal, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare also came into action and issued travel advisories and guidelines for screening suspected cases at 19 important international airports including … [Read more...] about Coronavirus: How fear has gripped the world
China's National Health Commission said it had formed six medical teams totalling 1,230 medical staff to help Videos from inside Chinese hospitals show patients crammed into overcrowded corridors and laid on the floor Global airports have stepped up screening of passengers from China, though some have questioned its worth China says virus is mutating and can be transmitted through human contact, mostly affecting the frail and old Shanghai has shut all cinemas until 30 January in a desperate bid to try and stop the spread of the killer virus Wuhan will impose ban on non-essential vehicles in downtown area from January 26 to contain virus outbreak Hong Kong declares a virus emergency announcing a series of measures to limit city's links with mainland China Starbucks said it was closing all outlets in Hubei province, following a similar move by McDonald's in five cities Yum China Holdings Inc said it has temporarily closed some of its KFC and Pizza Hut … [Read more...] about Is Beijing suppressing the true scale of infections? Nurse treating coronavirus sufferers in China claims 90,000 people have already been infected