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5 Ways To Avoid Getting The Flu At Work

[credit provider=”Instagram/iamlkl” url=”http://statigr.am/viewer.php#/detail/333831726806816996_7826237″] With one of the worst flu seasons in history under way, it is critical employees take the necessary steps to avoid getting themselves, or others, sick.A recent study found that 84 per cent of employed adults have gone to work while sick, and nearly half of those […]
5 Ways To Avoid Getting The Flu At Work
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Making Doorknobs Brass Could Stop The Spread Of Superbugs

[credit provider=”House of Antique Hardware” url=”http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com/antique-door-lockset-new-york-round?sc=10&category=175″] Brass door knobs, handles and handrails should be brought back into common use in public places to help combat superbugs, according to scientists.Researchers have discovered that copper and alloys made from the metal, including brass, can prevent antibiotic resistance in bacteria from spreading.
Making Doorknobs Brass Could Stop The Spread Of Superbugs
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How The Deadly Ebola Virus Sneaks Past Your Immune System

[credit provider=”en.wikipedia.org” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ebola_virus_virion.jpg”] This post originally appeared on Futurity.org and is available through a Creative Commons licence.Ebola virus is the causative agent of Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever (EHF), a disease with up to 90 per cent mortality.
How The Deadly Ebola Virus Sneaks Past Your Immune System
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There’s A Parasite That Can Hijack Your Immune System And Control Your Mind

[credit provider=”Ke Hu and John Murray, PLoS ” url=”http://www.livescience.com/25309-t-gondii-hijacks-immune-cells.html”] A parasite known for its ability to influence the minds of its hosts also hijacks the immune system, a new study finds.In fact, the parasite uses cells that would normally help defeat it as transport to get around the body.
There’s A Parasite That Can Hijack Your Immune System And Control Your Mind
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Murder Might Spread Like The Flu

[credit provider=”Screenshot” url=”https://maps.google.com/maps?q=+18800+block+of+Brinker+Ave,+Detroit&hl=en&ll=42.430687,-83.073882&spn=0.006533,0.013937&sll=42.430615,-83.073884&layer=c&cbp=13,256.73,,1,5.43&cbll=42.430779,-83.073891&hnear=18800+Brinker+Ave,+Detroit,+Michigan+48234&t=m&z=17&panoid=Mx5uFeASDSKN3Bv9uezi5g”] Murder is contagious and may spread like the flu, new research suggests.The researchers relied on the same techniques public-health officials use to track the spread of diseases, but applied them to the spread of homicide in Newark, N.J., over a 26-year span from 1982 to 2008.
Murder Might Spread Like The Flu
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Here’s A Great New Tip To Avoid Catching The Flu

[credit provider=”The Italian Voice via Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/desiitaly/2227862087/”] During cold and flu season, we’re inundated with messages to wash our hands frequently.But to avoid getting sick, it’s also important that we stop touching our noses and mouths all the time, a new study shows.
Here’s A Great New Tip To Avoid Catching The Flu
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Why Itching Is Contagious

Watching another person scratch an itch can cause you to do the same, and scientists have figured out the basis of this peculiar “itch contagion.” It’s all in your brain.
Why Itching Is Contagious
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Puppies, Like Kids, Learn To Catch Yawns As They Grow Up

[credit provider=”Flickr/toolmantim” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/toolmantim/2490219129/”] Watching someone else yawn can be a one-way ticket to doing the same. Now, research finds that the same is true for dogs — but not puppies.In fact, dogs become more susceptible to the contagion of yawning as they age, a pattern that holds true for human […]
Puppies, Like Kids, Learn To Catch Yawns As They Grow Up
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What The Government Didn’t Want You To Know About Bird Flu

On Thursday the journal Science published a controversial study on the H5N1 bird flu, which revealed that the virus could mutate to spread easily among humans. Initially, the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity tried to block study details from being released for fear that it could be used by terrorists to […]
What The Government Didn’t Want You To Know About Bird Flu
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Europe’s Contagion Spreads Into China

Much has been made in recent weeks about the Eurozone troubles and the spillover into China. It’s nice to put things into context in order to understand the global effect here and see just how much the European weakness is hurting China.
Europe’s Contagion Spreads Into China
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ART CASHIN: These Are The Warning Signs Of Contagion

[credit provider=”YouTube” url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sYSyuuLk5g”] UBS’s Art Cashin offered his take on what contagion would look like in the eurozone if Greece is forced to abandon the euro in favour of its own currency.The decision to move back to the drachma would not follow some internal parliamentary debate, Cashin argues.
ART CASHIN: These Are The Warning Signs Of Contagion
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How To Identify The Tipping Point In Any System

This is Jerry McManus’ follow-up to his very insightful article, modelling Collective behaviour, and it delves into the scientific meaning of a commonly-used, but sometimes misunderstood term of complex systems theory – “tipping point”. I have briefly added to his discussion of tipping points in forest ecosystems and financial systems by […]
How To Identify The Tipping Point In Any System
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Now Here’s Who Gets Crushed If Portugal Goes Bust

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=youth%20unemployment&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1326224334&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=65e7d903b4924963997346cd9af99f36&dbm=PY2011&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Investors are increasingly worried about Portugal’s debt profile, as its economy contracts and the prospects of a Greek debt restructuring going smoothly shrink.While EU leaders have lauded Portugal’s performance to date at achieving the debt goals outlined in the terms of its bailout last spring, analysts […]
Now Here’s Who Gets Crushed If Portugal Goes Bust
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BRAND NEW NUMBERS: Here’s Who Gets Crushed If Italy Goes Bust

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sabine_women.jpg”] Italy has a technocratic government to deal with its 120% debt-to-GDP ratio. The country’s new prime minister Mario Monti has passed a new austerity package that would save €30 billion over three years. The package is intended to help Italy brace for 2012, when it has […]
BRAND NEW NUMBERS: Here’s Who Gets Crushed If Italy Goes Bust
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OECD: Animal Spirits Are Behind Soaring Sovereign Borrowing Costs

[credit provider=”www.cr.nps.gov” url=”http://www.cr.nps.gov/history/online_books/fauna5/faunat.htm”] The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will soon publish a report that says its constituent governments’ gross borrowing needs will be around $10.4 trillion in 2012, reports David Oakley of the Financial Times.However, the primary concern is not the size of the borrowing, which was […]
OECD: Animal Spirits Are Behind Soaring Sovereign Borrowing Costs
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4 Top Wall Street Experts Weigh In On Friday’s EU Budget Deal

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ThinkingMan_Rodin.jpg”] NEW YORK (AP) — The financial world initially rejoiced Friday when word came of a deal by most European countries — including all 17 that use the euro — to allow the European Commission to oversee national budgets and impose penalties if a country’s debt grows […]
4 Top Wall Street Experts Weigh In On Friday’s EU Budget Deal
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BRAND NEW NUMBERS: 20 Banks That Are Praying Europe Doesn’t Go Bust

[credit provider=”nicolafchild on Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4008495663/”] The newest round of European Banking Authority tests of bank capital came out this week, and one thing is clear: everyone’s deleveraging, and fast.The EBA has told EU banks that they must raise a total of €114.69 ($153.31 billion) in quality capital to meet the […]
BRAND NEW NUMBERS: 20 Banks That Are Praying Europe Doesn’t Go Bust
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REFRESHER: Here’s Who’s Going To Get Crushed If Italy Goes Bust

[credit provider=”AP Images” url=”http://www.apimages.com/OneUp.aspx?st=k&kw=Silvio%20Berlusconi&showact=results&sort=relevance&intv=None&sh=10&kwstyle=and&adte=1320418862&pagez=60&cfasstyle=AND&rids=71c767f3d47b4fde878a726c50118f9a&dbm=PY2010&page=1&xslt=1&mediatype=Photo”] Italy is in a financial and political rout. Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi just said he refused financial aid from the IMF, only to have IMF head Christine Lagarde deny that aid was ever offered.While his political antics continue, the country has 120% debt-to-GDP ratio and it […]
REFRESHER: Here’s Who’s Going To Get Crushed If Italy Goes Bust
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Europe Is The Canary In The Coal Mine

Around here we like to track things from the outside in, as the initial movements at the periphery tend to give us an early warning of when things might go wrong at the centre. 
Europe Is The Canary In The Coal Mine