June 7, 2017



Who would have thought the sneeze guard wasn't going to protect us? Show of hands? Show o...

May 26, 2017

The researchers' analysis suggested that hospital staff were more likely to be a source of bacteria on the skin of patients than the reverse but that there were no universal patterns of transmission across patient rooms.

Bacterial colonization and succession in a newly...

March 9, 2017

PG&E: Agricultural marijuana growers eligible for special rates


Growing indoors offers tremendous benefits with really cool innovations, including vertica...

February 23, 2017

Chasing microbes around the hospital assumes we can kill all harmful single cell organisms.  It's transmission of those germs from person to person that we should focus on.

The sink as a potential source of transmission of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae in t...

February 10, 2017

If you grow indoors, disinfect the environment with UV in the air handling equipment.

UC Davis Study Finds Some Northern California MMJ Tainted with Fungi, Mold


January 17, 2017

When we were designing municipal wastewater treatment plants in the 80s, one of the problems to solve was how to treat sudden surges in water volume when a city had combined its sanitary sewer system with its storm sewers.  The solution, of course, was to concentrate t...

January 12, 2017

A Long-Dreaded Superbug Is Discovered on U.S. Pig Farms

I don't belief we got the science wrong.  What we missed, among other things, were the safeguards and action items planned in when things do go wrong

December 27, 2016

Economists call detrimental consequences of company activities, such as pollution, as "negative externalities."  Though in theory, the market should correct for inefficiencies in industrial practices through pressure from the consumer, it seems, as in environmental enf...

November 29, 2016

"In 2014 pharmaceutical companies sold nearly 21 million pounds of medically important antibiotics for use in food animals, more than three times the amount sold for use in people. Stripped of the power of protective drugs, today's pedestrian health nuisances—ear infec...

November 21, 2016

Tapping the ED to Lower Infection Rates

This study revealed that it is important to understand what motivates ED leaders to adopt and successfully implement comprehensive HAI prevention. Factors include: 

  • Ensuring regular collection and transparent dissemination of d...

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