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Band Instruments Provide a Jam Session for Germs, Study Finds

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Next time you pick up that instrument, think of all the other germs your picking up with it. Credit: AP Something truly hideous and disgusting is emanating from high school band instruments -- ...
Have you heard the germy band with the cough and the wheeze and the hack?

E.Coli Found on Half of Shopping Carts in 4-State Study

Do you wipe off your shopping cart handles? This study may cause you to invest in a sanitizer. Credit: Getty Let's say it together, now: Ick! Ew! Next time you head for the grocery store -- and before you plop your toddler into the sho...Study shows it pays to be a germophobe at the supermarket.

Shopping Cart Cover Keeps Germs Away

They may look innocent, but shopping carts can harbor E. coli, salmonella and a host of other bacteria and viruses. Credit: Babe Ease
Researchers have found that the grocery cart your child rides in contains exponentially more bacteria than pub...
Researchers have found that the grocery cart your child rides in contains exponentially more bacteria than public restroom toilet seats.

Free Antibiotics Do More Harm Than Good?

The pharmacy in my local grocery store is currently offering free antibiotics as part of a health and wellness initiative. To promote the freebies, signs reading "You didn't pay for the germs. Why pay for the antibiotics?" are on display throughout t...

Eating Dirt Good for the Kids?

Is eating dirt good for you? Perhaps so. I've heard that in the course of a lifetime we consume and inordinate amount of dirt, and other things too, but is that something that perhaps we're supposed to be doing? Mud pies aside, it may be instinctiv...

Women have more bacteria on their hands than men

Cold and flu season has arrived, time to get diligent about hand-washing. Here's another reason for moms, especially, to keep those hands clean: Women have a greater variety of bacteria on their hands than men. When I first read this, I thought Ah...

Should shopping carts be sanitized?

Just how dangerous are shopping carts to kids? It depends on who you ask. Shopping carts have become the next battleground in the war on germs. Grocery stores now offer antibacterial wipes and disposable covers for shopping cart handles, while parent...

Infections linked to premature births

According to a recent report, infections may be the cause of many premature births. Studies showed the more serious the infection, the more likely the premature birth and the sicker the infant. Studies also reported finding bacteria or (yick!) fungi...

Do sugarless gummy bears fight cavities?

Gummy bears. They're small, chewy, colorful, and, when they get hot, rather gooey. They stick to your teeth, and they're full of sugar. That may soon give way to a new breed of bear, the sugarless gummy. These gummy bears contain an ingredient I've ...

Diplomats set new safety standards for formula, nuts and gluten

Diplomats in Geneva recently set new limits on the amount of certain kinds of bacteria allowable in baby formula as well as the level of natural toxins in some types of nuts. They also tackled the amount of gluten permissible in products labeled 'gl...

Joy of pink eye

Perhaps you know of which I speak. The voice of experience warns to never, ever, ever go through pink eye again. Not getting it yourself, and certainly, most assuredly, not letting your kid get it again either. My fourteen-month-old son has had his...

The truth about double dipping

I had every intention of writing about this interesting scientific discovery prior to Super Bowl Sunday. But somewhere along the way, I got sick and spent most of this past weekend in bed with a fever. I don't know if my illness was a result of someo...

Is your car a germ factory?

New research has shown that single people and men have the cleanest cars. Guess who has the germiest? Married people and women, of course. A married woman's car is often the 'family car' and with kids comes germs. Those french fries under the seat an...

Do frozen foods cause Crohn's disease?

And now, something new to worry about when you feed your kids. According to a study by Murdoch Children's Research Institute and Royal Children's Hospital in Australia, frozen foods may be making people sick. The culprit is not the foods themselves, ...

Peanut Butter contaminated with salmonella

The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that some jars of Peter Pan Peanut Butter and Great Value Peanut Butter may be contaminated with the Salmonella Tennessee bacteria. The affected jars of Peter Pan and Great Value peanut butter hav...

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