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LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE - Surveys show that nearly half of dog owners share food with them, and more than half allow their canines to sleep in the bed with them and lick them on the face. New research finds that these dog owners are no more likely to share the same strains of E. coli bacteria with their pets than are other dog owners. However, research did show an association between antibiotic-resistant E. coli and owners who didn't wash their hands after petting dogs or before cooking meals. The work, from Kansas State University, will be published in an upcoming issue of the American Journal of Veterinary Research. LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE - Surveys show that nearly half of dog owners share food with them, and more than half allow their canines to sleep in the bed with them and lick them on the face. New research finds that these dog owners are no more likely to share the same strains of E. coli bacteria with their pets than are other dog owners. However, research did show an association between antibiotic-resistant E. coli and owners who didn't wash their hands after petting dogs or before cooking meals. The work, from Kansas State University, will be published in an upcoming issue of the American Journal of Veterinary Research. (KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY)
February 2, 2009

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CIRCUMCISION Circumcising newborn boys for nonreligious reasons has been controversial. In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics said the procedure offered no benefit, which prompted some states to stop paying for circumcisions through Medicaid. But more recent research from Africa has found circumcised men are less likely to become infected by a female sexual partner with a sexually transmitted disease. (Full article: 487 words)

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