Flu Season is Back!

Posted on 09/7/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthSeptember! Already! Of course, that means a sort of unofficial start of cold and flu season. The CDC recommends that we get vaccinated against flu starting in September because the flu can start to spread as early as October. What do you need to know to keep healthy? At the risk of sounding horribly mysophobic, let’s talk about basic preventative measures from the CDC. You probably hear these things every year, but these actions should be almost reflexes. This kinda …

The Takeaway: 10 Airports Most Likely to Spread Disease (You Might Be Surprised)

Posted on 07/27/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn the event of some terrible outbreak — SARS, “swine flu,” whatever it was Gwyneth Paltrow got at the beginning of Contagion — the airports most likely to spread disease aren’t necessarily the biggest or the busiest, according to a new study.

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 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 …

Flying This Season? The Germiest Places On A Plane

Posted on 12/22/2011 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthGifts aren’t the only thing you can bring back after holiday travel. Your fellow passengers can also gift you with a nice, juicy cold or the flu. That’s because flying increases your risk of getting sick. A 2004 study found that adults are up to 113 times more likely to have a cold after a long flight, when compared to the same risk among of the rest of us on the ground. Why are planes such germ incubators? It’s not …

Want to Stay Healthy This Winter? Follow These Four Steps

Posted on 11/7/2011 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWhy is it that some people seem to sail through cold and flu season without a sniffle, while others can count on always catching that winter cold/flu/virus? Health magazine asked experts for the best, research-backed secrets for staying well. The article was aimed at mothers and grandmothers, but the advice applies to everyone. The number one tip was to get the flu vaccine, but after that, they suggested following these four simple steps: 1. Breathe some fresh air. Yes, of …