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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Doctors' Stethoscopes Are Dirtier Than Their Hands
27 February 2014 2:30 pm
Watch out! A doctor’s trusty stethoscope may not be as safe as you think. After an examination, the device’s diaphragm—the circular piece placed on patients’ skin—becomes more contaminated than a physician’s own palms, according to a study published online today in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The researchers are advising stethoscopes be considered an extension of a doctor’s hands and be sterilized after each use to prevent bacterial transmission and further illness.
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