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Condoms May Boost Beneficial Vaginal Bacteria

In addition to preventing unwanted pregnancies and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, condoms may help good bacteria in the vagina flourish, a new study from China shows. Full story

Cepheid's drug-resistant TB test gets FDA nod

(Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted marketing approval to Cepheid's tuberculosis test that checks if the disease-causing bacteria carry antibiotic-resistant genetic markers. Full story

How Cranberries Stop Bacteria in Their Tracks

An old wives' tale might be held up by modern science: New evidence shows how cranberry juice might prevent or cure urinary tract infections, researchers say. Full story

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  Invasive bacteria becomes biofuels

Once the source of a major biological die-off in the Chesapeake bay, scientists at the University of Maryland are taking a marine bacteria and using it to jump start production of a new biofuel. NBC Learn reports.

  Study: Handbags carry more bacteria than some toilets

Germophobes beware: A recent U.K. study claims some purses and handbags are loaded with more bacteria than the average toilet. TODAY puts those findings to the test, taking samples from handbags for microbiologist Nathan Lents of John Jay College to analyze.

  Swimmers advised to self-test public pools in Fla.

With a CDC report indicating that more people are getting sick from bacteria in public swimming pools, the Department of Health in Lee County, Fla., is giving away free test kits to swimmers. WBBH’s Laura Roberts reports.

  Aimee Copeland: ‘I was reborn as someone different’

A year after losing her hands and feet to a flesh-eating bacteria, Aimee Copeland is adjusting to life as the first woman to receive state-of-the-art prosthetic hands. She talks about how she’s coping with her losses and her hopes for the future. NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez reports.

  Flesh-eating bacteria victim gets new bionic hands

Aimee Copeland, the Georgia woman who lost parts of all four of her limbs to a flesh-eating bacteria after a zip line accident, is fitted with high-tech, $100,000 bionic hands. WXIA’s DeMarco Morgan reports.

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File photo of two plates coated with antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Klebsiella with a mutation called NDM 1 and then exposed to various antibiotics at the Health Protection Agency in north London

Two plates which were coated with an antibiotic-resistant bacteria called Klebsiella with a mutation called NDM 1 and then exposed to various antibiotics are seen at the Health Protection Agency in north London in this March 9, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett/Files