9 Places Germs Are Lurking in Your Kitchen

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

What You Should Know About Dirty Lemon Wedges at Restaurants

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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What You Should Know About the Ebola Virus

Ebola virus disease, also called Ebola hemorrhagic fever or just Ebola, is a serious disease that often causes death. According to the World Health Organization, the average Ebola case fatality rate is greater than 50 percent. In the past, during other outbreaks, the rate has ranged from 25 percent to as high as 90 percent. … Read More

Top Hygiene Tips for Your Tween

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

Day-Care Diseases: How to Keep Your Kids Healthy

“Any time you have a large group of kids, you’ll have germs,” says Cleveland Clinic Children’s pediatrician Amy Sniderman, MD. Even at the cleanest day-care centers, kids inevitably put dirty hands and toys in their mouth, rub their eyes or otherwise pick up any number of “day-care diseases.” According to Dr. Sniderman, the most common are: … Read More

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Do You Know What’s Growing on Your Loofah?

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

How to Clean Up After Norovirus

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