Bacteria

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 08/20/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Bacteria in your gut – some crave sugar, others want fat – might be dictating what you eat. (Learn more at The Atlantic) 2. Having an office window can help you sleep at night, lower your blood pressure and keep you in a better mood. (Learn more at AARP) 3. $100 is worth $115.74 in Mississippi, but only $84.60 in Washington, D.C. (Learn more at Washington Post) >> America’s Best Small Towns 4. The complexity of a …

Probiotics in Yogurt May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthIf you’re trying to keep your blood pressure under control, having a daily carton of yogurt or other foods filled with probiotics could help, a new study finds. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria in fermented foods, like yogurt and some cheeses, that research has shown can improve digestive health, help the body fight off some infections, maybe even boost brain health. Studies have also indicated that these helpful microbes seem to lower blood pressure. Australian researchers, who looked at nine of …

Germs on a Plane: 6 Places They Live the Longest

Posted on 05/20/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSome advice for the next time you fly: Bring plenty of hand sanitizer, and don’t touch the seat-back pocket — where, new research shows, disease-causing germs can live for more than a week. In the study, researchers at Auburn University in Alabama wanted to see where on a plane bacteria could live long enough to sicken passengers. So they picked six surfaces that passengers typically touch and infected them with some scary germs: MRSA, a sometimes-fatal, antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria often …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun. 1. You can make your own Mars Rover with NASA’s $189 littleBits Space Kit. (Learn more at littleBits) 2. It looks like George Clooney will lose bets with Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer — he’s engaged to marry a second time. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Your dollar bill might carry bacteria linked to stomach ulcers, acne, pneumonia and staph infections. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Atari once buried as many as 750,000 ‘E.T.’ game cartridges in …

What’s in Your Wallet? A Whole Lot of Germs

Posted on 04/25/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthOpen your wallet. Pull out a dollar bill. You’ve just touched more than 3,000 bacteria that have been linked to stomach ulcers, acne, pneumonia and staph infections. (Thinking about using that plastic credit card more often now?) These kinds of microbes, which are found on many surfaces, are transferred when we touch things. Money, in particular, gets handed around a lot, say researchers with New York University’s aptly named Dirty Money Project. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter …

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 …