Bacteria

Los jabones antibacteriales… ¿sí funcionan?

Posted on 04/22/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolLas opiniones de los expertos en materia de higiene y salud pública siguen encontradas en cuanto a la efectividad del uso de jabones antibacterianos para garantizar la salubridad general y prevenir la transmisión de virus, gérmenes y bacterias, sobre todo en la cocina durante la preparación de alimentos. Mira también: Jabones antibacterianos, ¿son necesarios? Si bien a finales del año pasado la Administración de Medicamentos y Alimentos (FDA, por sus siglas en inglés) informó que no existía evidencia contundente para …

Brote de listeria —evita contagiarte

Posted on 02/24/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

En EspañolLos Centros para el Control y Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC por sus siglas en inglés) reportaron un brote de listeria en Maryland y California. Siete personas han sido hospitalizadas con los síntomas y se reportó una muerte; todos son hispanos y todos consumieron queso. Aunque todavía los CDC están en un proceso de investigación, hoy The Associated Press reportó que la compañía Roos Foods de Kenton, Delaware retiró del mercado 16 tipos de quesos que han sido vinculados con dicho …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 02/19/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The mission of India’s Mangalyaan spacecraft to Mars cost a lot less than the blockbuster movie Gravity. (Learn more at NY Times) 2. Babette March, the first Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model in 1964, is now a 72-year-old artist and innkeeper in Halfway, Ore.  (Learn more at AARP) 3. Facebook offers 50 ways to describe your gender. (Learn more at Future Tense) 4. DNA testing might solve mysteries of Mona Lisa’s smile. (Learn more at Mail Online) 5. …

Your Cellphone Has More Germs Than Your Toilet

Posted on 01/24/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt’s certainly extreme, but a recent news story points up how germy a cellphone can be. Reports say a man who stole a cellphone from an Ebola virus quarantine ward in a Ugandan hospital ended up apparently catching the virus from germs on the phone. Obviously, most of us aren’t in close proximity to an Ebola outbreak — or likely to be pinching a phone from a dangerously ill person — but germ expert Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a microbiologist at …

Attack of the Killer Sepsis

Posted on 09/11/2013 by | Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeScience is once more reminding us that there are predators stalking the land no larger than a speck of dust but with the killing power of a herd of hippos. They are so small you can’t see them but you only have about a 50-50 chance of surviving their attack. They are called bacteria and the sepsis or blood poisoning they engender is killing 250,000 Americans a year. I was almost one of them. I am alerted to the danger …

The Great Chicken Debate: To Wash or Not?

Posted on 09/3/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthJust about every cookbook icon, from Julia Child to Martha Stewart to the Joy of Cooking’s Rombauer sisters, has told us to rinse off our raw chicken before preparing it. Guess what? They were wrong, scientists say. Rinsing raw chicken to get rid of the bacteria just spreads it around more, increasing our risk of getting sick, says food-safety researcher Jennifer Quinlan, with Drexel University  in Philadelphia and one of the developers behind a new “Don’t Wash Your Chicken!” campaign. …