Bacteria

What’s Lurking in Your Refrigerator Drawers?

Posted on 04/12/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthWhich of your kitchen appliances or utensils has the most germs? It’s not, as most people in a new survey guessed, the keypad on the microwave. Or even that gunky can opener, the second most common answer. In terms of the pathogens that could really make you ill — E. coli, salmonella and listeria — the top three offenders were the refrigerator meat and vegetable drawers, followed by the blender gasket — that floppy ring that fits around the appliance’s …

Why all that sanitizing is making us sicker…and chubbier, too.

Posted on 09/4/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthWho would have thought some of our best friends would be the 100 Trillion bacteria living in, and on, our bodies? Results of the Human Microbiome Project have caused us to re-examine the critical balance between these good bacteria, essential for human life, and the relatively few bad guys on which we’ve waged an all-out blitz!  Modern life has been altering that delicate balance in ways that have led to an increase in obesity, inflammatory disease and other chronic illnesses. In fact, it’s made us …

Germiest Things in Hotel Rooms? Stuff You Touch First

Posted on 06/25/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWant to avoid germs during your next hotel stay? Wipe down that TV remote and the switch on your bedside lamp before you touch them. Researchers from the University of Houston took bacteria samples from several items in hotel rooms in three states, reports MyHealthNewsDaily.com. While you might expect the toilet and the sink to have high levels of bacteria, researchers found more surprising items with high contamination levels, such as the remote and the switch on the bedside lamp …

Who Has The Germiest Offices? Guys, I Think You Know

Posted on 06/5/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhen it comes to germy office-mates, some of us are spreading around more bacteria than others. We’re talking to you, gentlemen. A new study finds that surfaces in men’s offices are covered in 10 to 20 percent more bacteria than those in women’s offices, say researchers who swabbed chairs, phones, computer mice, keyboards and desktops in 90 offices in New York, San Francisco and Tucson, Ariz. Most of the bacteria came from the workers themselves, spread by coughing, sneezing and …

What’s In Your Belly Button?

Posted on 05/20/2011 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthEveryone has one, but no one thinks much about it. Until now. Scientists at North Carolina State University have decided to probe — literally — the inner secrets of the belly button. Talk about navel intelligence! They’ve started the Belly Button Biodiversity project to interest people in microbiology and teach them about the bacteria that’s found on our skin. Volunteers swab their navels for the researchers, who then grow the bacteria in a culture. Participants can even go online and see what’s …