Spare Us the ‘Organ Recital’

Ogden Nash said it best: How are you is a greeting not a question / Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion. Nash, in his wisdom, was trying to forestall an “organ recital,” a narration of bodily ills and woes that might start with an upset stomach and work its way downward, outward and even upward. It’s a phrase that used to be the province of impatient doctors, but now is entering the vernacular. The organ recital is one of …

Germiest Things in Hotel Rooms? Stuff You Touch First

Want 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 …

Get Your Flu Shot

We’ve been reminding you for weeks, but we’re not done: It’s time to get your flu shot. If you’re over 50, the flu can be particularly dangerous. And if you’re a parent or a caregiver for older loved ones, it’s especially easy to spread the virus to your family. We know you still have questions, so we’re teaming up with the Department of Health and Human Services to answer your questions today. Join HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and AARP Board …