Friday, June 6, 2008

Whoops. Antibacterial Wipes Can Spread Bacteria | Weird Facts

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weird facts - Antibacterial wipes used to disinfect surfaces at hospitals may actually spread bacteria, according to a new study.

Researchers at the Welsh School of Pharmacy at Cardiff University said the antimicrobial wipes don't work well after the first use.A news release about the study pointed out that disinfecting surfaces is important in stopping the spread of bugs such as the hard-to-kill Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, known as MRSA.

Dr. Gareth Williams said the research was meant to answer the question, "Are we confident that these organisms are susceptible to the germicides used in our hospitals?"

The results showed that some wipes can remove higher numbers of bacteria from surfaces than others. However, the wipes tested were unable to kill the bacteria that they removed.As a result, they transferred high numbers of bacteria to other surfaces.

[Via - Local6.Com]

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Japanese woman arrested after living undetected in man's closet for a year | Weird Facts

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TOKYO - Police say a homeless woman who sneaked into a man's house and lived undetected in his closet for a year was arrested in Japan after he became suspicious when food mysteriously began disappearing.

Police found the 58-year-old woman Thursday hiding in the top compartment of the man's closet and arrested her for trespassing.

The resident of the home installed security cameras that transmitted images to his mobile phone after becoming puzzled by food disappearing from his kitchen over the past several months.

One of the cameras captured someone moving inside his home Thursday after he had left, and he called police believing it was a burglar.

However, when they arrived they found the door locked and all windows closed.

The woman told police she had no place to live and first sneaked into the man's house about a year ago when he left it unlocked.

[Via - CBC]

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