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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 03/5/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The latest food fad, this one in Milwaukee: Mac and Cheese-Stuffed Bacon Weave Taco. (Learn more at Gothamist) 2. The latest quest for the fountain of youth: A DNA sequencing company called Human Longevity. (Learn more at NY Times) 3. Saturated fats (butter, bacon, beef) make your belly bigger, while other fats (fish, nuts, olive oil) help build muscle. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Stethoscopes are germier than doctors’ hands. (Learn more at NBC News) …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 01/29/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Francis is the first pope on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. (Learn more at Rolling Stone) 2. The Grand Canyon could be 6 million years old … and 70 million years old. (Learn more at NPR) 3. Men are more forgetful than women. (Learn more at Medical News Today) 4. Your cellphone carries 10 times more germs than your toilet. (Learn more at AARP) 5. Cyber criminals are using malicious “RAM scraper” software to steal information about you and …

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 …

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 …

The Dishwasher Debate: Don’t Load These 6 Things

Posted on 10/19/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthForget about the presidential debate. That’s amateur stuff. If you really want to start a lively debate, let’s talk dishwashers and what should and shouldn’t go into them. There’s the classic, men vs. women debate about the “right” way to load a dishwasher (don’t get me started). And then there’s the “Do I really need to hand-wash this?” discussion. Of course, if you enjoy getting people agitated, bring up whether a dishwasher should be used to steam fish, or wash …

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 …