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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 …

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 …

Ground-Turkey Test Finds 90 Percent With Bacteria

Posted on 05/1/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthA Consumer Reports lab analysis of ground-turkey products purchased nationwide found that 90 percent had potentially disease-causing bacteria, some of which were antibiotic-resistant. The consumer watchdog organization said its first investigation of this kind on ground turkey also showed that turkeys raised without antibiotics had much less antibiotic-resistant bacteria than did turkeys raised with antibiotics. The new report follows a February analysis of store-bought meat by Food and Drug Administration scientists that found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in 81 percent of raw …

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 …

Spinach Recall (Yes, Again) Hits 39 States

Posted on 02/20/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTaylor Farms has announced it is voluntarily recalling its organic baby spinach products in 39 states because of possible E. coli contamination. The company says it took the action “out of an abundance of caution.” This is the third time in as many years that the company has recalled spinach products due to suspected contamination. The currently recalled products had “the potential to be contaminated with Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC),” the company announced in a statement. This bacteria can cause …

Finally! FDA’s New Food-Safety Rules

Posted on 01/7/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSo here’s a brilliant idea: If you want to keep fresh fruits and vegetables from becoming contaminated and making people sick, how about making sure that workers wash their hands, crops are irrigated with unpolluted water, processing equipment stays clean and animals are kept away from crops? Sounds simple, but it’s taken years for the government, consumers and the food industry to agree on how to enforce these things. Last week, two years to the day after Congress passed landmark …