How to Avoid Pink Eye This Winter (Video)

One infection that’s common during cold and flu season may surprise you: conjunctivitis, often called pink eye. This inflammation of the conjunctiva — the tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid and helps keep the eyelid and eyeball moist — can be caused by a virus, bacteria, allergens or irritants. One of the reasons pink eye … Read More

Petting Zoo Safety: Don’t Kiss The Animals

Petting zoos are fun places where you and your kids can get up close and personal with farm animals like goats, cattle, sheep, rabbits, miniature horses and even a llama or two. But don’t get too personal beyond petting them and feeding them kibble out of your palm. Even healthy animals may carry germs that … Read More

Listeria 101: What You Need to Know

Listeria is the third leading cause of death from food poisoning, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). An estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die.

Staying Healthy on a Plane

We all know someone who flew home from vacation with an unexpected souvenir: a cold or virus. It may seem like flying can make you sick, but that’s not necessarily true. “It’s better to be guided by data than to rely on hearsay,” advises Cleveland Clinic infectious disease specialist Steven D. Mawhorter, MD, Medical Director … Read More

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Where the Germs Are

It’s a germy world out there. Here are five places where they lurk — and how to protect yourself from them. [tn3 origin=”album” ids=”60″ transitions=”default” responsive=”1″] Sources: University of Arizona; NSF International; California State University, Sacramento; U.S. Department of Agriculture

Germ Prevention at School

Kids often share more than just their lunches during the school day. They also typically pass germs around the classroom. But there are some things they can do to decrease the risk. Susan Rehm, MD, who treats infectious diseases, says it’s easy for germs to spread in a classroom setting.  “Children are not necessarily consistent … Read More

Protect Babies from Household Germs

Cell phones, remote controls and electronic gizmos abound. They are convenient and entertain us in our spare time. But one thing you may not realize is how many germs these devices can harbor and how easily you can pass them to your baby. MaryEllen Storey, a registered nurse at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at … Read More