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News & Views: A Possible Downside to Squeaky Clean Dishes
Posted on February 23, 2015 by Katherine Malanson | Categories: ID Lesson3-1, ID Unit3, Infectious Disease | | Add comment |

clean dishes from a dishwasher lead to allergies?

A new study suggests that Swedish kids growing up in families that wash their dishes by hand are less likely to develop certain allergies than those families with dishwashers. These findings are the latest support to the “hygiene hypothesis” that proposes a lack of childhood exposure to infectious agents and parasites increases susceptibility to allergic diseases by suppressing the natural development of the immune system. But there may be more to it…

Read more at NPR.org.

News and Views: Ebola Outbreak In West Africa
Posted on April 10, 2014 by Jane Newbold | Categories: ID Lesson3-1, ID Unit3, Infectious Disease, News | | Add comment |

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“A health specialist prepares to work in an isolation ward where patients displaying symptoms of Ebola are held at the Doctors Without Borders facility in Guekedou, Guinea.” Source

A recent outbreak of Ebola in Guinea has experts worried and nearby West African countries watching their borders. Read about why — and what’s being done at Al Jazeera America (International W.H.O. says fight against West Africa Ebola outbreak just beginning) or listen at NPR (The Ebola Outbreak 3 Weeks In: Dire But Not Hopeless).