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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 …

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 …

How Often Do You Change Your Sheets? (And Other Revealing Facts)

Posted on 04/5/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow often do you change the sheets on your bed? Once a week? Every two weeks? When they’re stiff enough to stand upright? How about brushing your teeth, washing your hair or (ugh) re-using your underwear before laundering it? With the annual rite of spring cleaning upon us, we thought it’d be interesting to see how just how hygienic Americans are, on average, when it comes to these various must-do’s. The Albany Times Union recently conducted an online poll of its …

You’re Making Me Sick (And Other Reasons You Should Wash Your Hands)

Posted on 12/7/2011 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. Bless those of you who have strong immune systems, but some of us just aren’t that lucky. No matter how careful we are and how many supplements we take, we manage to catch a fair number of colds and flus every year. I am one of those people. In a new effort to keep illness at bay, I’m becoming much more conscious of what I …

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 …