Germs are found in all kinds of places, and not all germs are bad. What are the germs to avoid and where do they hide?
Bacteria, whether in swimming pools, water parks or lakes, can cause recreational water illnesses like diarrhea and skin infections. Here are three ways to lower your chances of getting sick.
About 9 percent of foodborne illness outbreaks occur in the home, but it’s almost impossible to tell where the bacteria may live with the naked eye. A new study identifies the top kitchen items that are commonly cross-contaminated during the preparation of a meal. Kansas State University researchers analyzed the food prep practices of 123 people. … Read More
Lemon or lime wedges can perk up your drink or add a touch of flavor to your water in a restaurant. However, those drink garnishes can easily be contaminated with bacteria. Depending on whether they wear gloves or wash their hands carefully, restaurant employees can spread bacteria when they prepare the slices. “People enjoy having … Read More
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The last time you want to be sick is at the holidays. Here’s what you can do to best protect yourself.
Want to know how dirty money and credit cards are? A recent study finds 1 in 12 bank cards has fecal matter on it. Learn more of the disgusting details.
When you take the family to a holiday blockbuster, it’s fun to be frightened by on-screen predators. But it’s sensible to take precautions against microscopic organisms that may be lurking in the theater.
Even if your tween is years away from the voice-cracking, hair-sprouting entry to adulthood, it’s not too early to talk about personal hygiene. Most kids develop body odor when they begin puberty (usually between ages 8 and 13 for girls and 9 and 14 for boys). Puberty is when physical transformation begins, including sexual maturing and … Read More
You may love your loofah, but don’t get too attached. You won’t want the things that can lurk in a loofah to linger. By their nature, loofah sponges have lots of nooks and crannies, and they’re very porous. When people use a loofah to scrub off dead skin cells, those cells become lodged in the … Read More
Noroviruses are as easy to spread and hard to kill as they are unpleasant to experience. If you or a family member have had norovirus — the most common cause of gastroenteritis, often mislabeled as “stomach flu” — you know that’s saying something. How can you avoid going through it again? Start with these tips … Read More