Candida auris: What to know about the deadly superbug fungus posing a “serious global health threat”

Health officials are warning of “a serious global health threat” from a drug-resistant superbug fungus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the fungus, Candida auris, has already sickened hundreds of people in the United States. Candida auris, which preys on people with weakened immune systems, was

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National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month

National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month

National Indoor Air Quality Awareness Month is observed annually in October. This month is dedicated to reminding Americans to take a look at their home and see how they can improve the quality of the air they breathe. While outside air pollution gets a lot of attention, it’s

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Summer vacations are when mold comes out to play

Summer vacations are when mold comes out to play

    Summertime traditionally brings family trips, school vacations, as well as plenty of hot uncomfortable weather. Those sunny days, however, often come with high humidity and afternoon thundershowers — ideal conditions for annoying and potentially toxic mold. It’s a pervasive menace that is poised each summer

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When Fresh Air Went Out of Fashion at Hospitals!

When Fresh Air Went Out of Fashion at Hospitals!

How the hospital went from luxury resort to windowless box. (uchar / iStock) By Jeanne Kisacky, Zócalo Public Square SMITHSONIAN.COM JUNE 14, 2017 820257 In the March 1942 issue of the journal Modern Hospital, Charles F. Neergaard, a prominent New York City hospital design consultant, published a layout for a

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National Healthy Schools Day Focuses on Lead in the Indoor Environment

In its 16th year now, National Healthy Schools Day seeks to inform the public of health risks that can affect children in educational and child care settings April 3, 2018, Clearwater FL — The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reported that 50% of all schools have problems with indoor

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