Repeated use of kitchen towels can cause food poisoning

Frequent usage of kitchen towels could be putting families at risk of food poisoning, according to new research. Bacterial build-up was measured on 100 towels over the course of a month during an experiment by scientists at the University of Mauritius. Researchers found bacteria growth on 49 towels, with more than a third testing positive for coliforms, the group of species of which E.coli is a member

Repeated use of kitchen towels can cause food poisoningMulti-use of kitchen towels is putting households at risk of food poisoning, research suggests. Scientists from the University of Mauritius examined 100 towels that had been used for a month. They found E.coli was more likely to be found on towels used for multiple jobs, such as wiping utensils and cleaning surfaces, as well as […]

Know about the places where you will encounter the most germs

Sticking to a healthy diet, sleeping well and practising stress management are all important to build immunity, which also protect us against the various germs that we come into contact every day. But if your immunity is not up to the mark, keeping certain objects clean and being aware of places that are filled with germs could keep harmful bacteria leading to diseases at bay

Know about the places where you will encounter the most germsIn fact, a study found that 340 different types of bacteria are found in 30 objects that we use regularly such as cellphones, keys, microwave and makeup products among others. Using hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, using water and bleach on these products could help remove the germs from them. The Centers for Disease Control and […]

Chemical in soaps, toothpaste, hand sanitisers tied to osteoporosis risk among women

Women with high exposure to triclosan were more likely to have bone issues, with Chinese researchers associating the ingredient commonly used in consumer products with a twofold increase in the chance of developing bone density issues and osteoporosis

Chemical in soaps, toothpaste, hand sanitisers tied to osteoporosis risk among womenTriclosan, a chemical commonly added to a myriad of consumer products to kill bacteria, may be bad for women’s bones, a new study suggests. Women exposed to triclosan, may be more likely to develop osteoporosis than women who don’t have this exposure. Triclosan has been widely used for years as an antimicrobial agent in consumer […]

The filthiest things in your office are right under your nose

Researchers found that the keyboards contained more 7,000 microorganisms, while headphones had more than 2,000. The average keyboard contains more bacteria than the average toilet seat

The filthiest things in your office are right under your noseYour office space is swarming with all kinds of microorganisms. Poor workspace health could be the reason you’re getting sick. At work, your desk is where you spend most of your day. From sending emails and writing reports to taking calls and scheduling meetings. Your keyboard, headphones, mouse, track pad, access card and mobile phone […]

Researchers discover sleeps instrumental role in protecting us against germs

German researchers have discovered one way sleep improves the body’s ability to fight off a cold. Sleep, it seems, strengthens the potency of certain immune cells by improving their chances of attaching to-and eventually destroying-cells infected with viruses

Researchers discover sleeps instrumental role in protecting us against germsThe researchers focused their attention on T cells, which battle infections. When T cells spot a virally infected cell, they activate a sticky protein known as an integrin that allows them to adhere to that cell. The researchers were able to prove that lack of sleep, as well as sustained periods of stress, lead to […]

Your smartphone is dirtier than a toilet seat. Here’s how to clean it

Most people don’t give a second thought to using their cell phone everywhere, from their morning commute to the dinner table to the doctor’s office. But research shows that cell phones are far dirtier than most people think, and the more germs they collect, the more germs you touch

Your smartphone is dirtier than a toilet seat. Here’s how to clean itThe world is a giant petri dish. You and everything you come into contact with are carpeted with bacteria—so there’s no escaping microorganisms. The good news is that the vast majority of them are either benign or beneficial. That’s true even of those infamous “faecal bacteria.” While a sick person’s excrement harbours illness-causing germs, a […]

Airport security trays carry more germs than toilets, reveals study

Next time you go through airport security, you may want to wash your hands afterwards. A new study finds airport security trays are a hotbed for germs that can cause illnesses in humans, such as the flu and the common cold

Airport security trays carry more germs than toilets, reveals studyHere’s a question: In which parts of the airport do you think you are most likely to come into contact with viruses? British and Finnish researchers examined various surfaces of the Helsinki Airport in Finland to find out. The study titled ‘Deposition of respiratory virus pathogens on frequently touched surfaces at airports’ was published in […]

Effective ways to teach children about germs

The functioning of the body can be disrupted by germs that can send wreak havoc on our body. These tiny living organisms are the root cause for major diseases not just in kids but in almost everyone. Parents generally find it difficult to explain the concept of germs to kids. Read on to help make your kids understand about germs in a simpler way

Effective ways to teach children about germs‘How do I explain the concept of germs for my kid to understand’ is the biggest distress most parent’s experience. For your children, germs are an abstract concept, something that they cannot see or feel, but trying and explaining the importance of hygiene in an easy-to-understand method which will definitely help them lead a healthy […]

How doctors who deal with germs all day long avoid getting sick

Continuous stress has been shown to suppress the immune system. But that's nothing compared with what these doctors go up against each day

How doctors who deal with germs all day long avoid getting sickDodging a cold can be pretty challenging when you’re working in an office. As soon as one person starts coughing, you can usually be sure it’ll get around the office faster than a bad email chain from Steve in accounting. If that’s not enough, continuous stress has been shown to suppress the immune system. But […]

Know how to use a public washroom safely

Using a public washroom can be uncomfortable, as people are hesitant to enter it, due to the fear of contracting germs and bacteria. Here, experts give you tips to use a public washroom in most hygienic way

Know how to use a public washroom safelyPublic restrooms are not always the cleanest places to visit. Even a clean public restroom can harbour many germs just by the fact that so many people use the same facility all day long. Owing to which, experts advise to follow a proper hygiene. Dr Niranjan Chavan, Professor, Gynaecology Department at LTMG (Sion) Hospital said, “One […]