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Administrator | Thursday, 28 July 2011 11:59

DirecTV to Release Germ-Free Remote in Hotels This Summer

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Germiest Things We Touch

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - What do ATM buttons, hotel room remotes and women's purses have in common?  According to some studies, they are among the germiest items people come in contact with.  Full story - Click HERE.

Hidden Germs Pose Threat

Even if a home caregiver keeps a patient's home in tiptop shape, thousands of germs are still hiding in unknown places, which could cause illness, AARP reports. For those suffering from a chronic disease, wound, or other ailment, such sicknesses can be dangerous.  Full story - Click HERE.

Germ Alert Europe!!!

MRSA 'superbug' is found in British milk.

Protecting Yourself Against MRSA - FREE Report!

Microbiologist Michelle Moore’s groundbreaking MRSA 3-Step Infection-Free Method™, now available in instant digital download.

Natural Cures for MRSA

How To Successfully Treat MRSA Using Inexpensive, Proven, Natural Therapies.

Germ Free HandZ Helps Doctors!

A recent news article out of Los Angeles suggests that people who use alcohol-based hand sanitizers may fail blood alcohol tests.  This makes Germ Free HandZ - one of the industry's only water-based sanitizers - more appealing to medical professionals. Many health care facilities require their health practitioners to apply a hand sanitizer after each and every patient visit, leading to excessive levels of alcohol in their systems.

Study: Excessive Hand Sanitizer Users May Fail Alcohol Test

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A new study released on Monday shows people who use excessive amounts of hand sanitizer may absorb small amounts of alcohol into the body, which can result in testing positive for alcohol consumption.

Doctor Gary Ricefield, a co-author of the University of Florida study, told KNX 1070 that the excuse was previously met with skepticism before the study.

“If [the findings are] not unique to doctors and nurses, it’s certainly characteristic of professionals who have frequent contact with patients, and therefore need to sanitize their hands many, many times during the course of the day,” Ricefield said.

The subjects were instructed to abstain from alcohol before the study, and for ten straight hours on each of these days cleansed their hands with Purell sanitizer every five minutes — a total of 120 “touches” for three straight days.

Using the alcohol-based sanitizers a few times a day is probably not enough to show up on a urine test. But for people whose jobs require repeated hand sanitizer use — such as doctors and nurses — the amount of alcohol absorbed through the skin could lead to a false positive.

Study co-author Dr. Gary Reisfield says he was inspired to do the study after coming into contact with people at Shands Recovery Center who tested positive but denied having consumed alcohol.

Germ-Free Workshop

Park Bioservices, LLC in conjunction with Taconic presents a 1 day germ-free technology workshop on September 20, 2011
Groveland, Massachusetts / Hudson, New York - Recently there has been renewed interest in maintaining germ-free mice in isolators for a variety of studies involving immunology, compounds affecting gut flora and other projects. Investigators and laboratory animal professionals have turned to the industry leaders in their respective areas of expertise to review time tested methods as well as the latest developments in germ-free technology. Click HERE for details.

Germ-Free Kids

Communicable diseases spread quickly among students in the classroom. We've gathered printables and advice for germ prevention in school. Check out these resources to find tips on how to keep your classroom clean and educate students on disease prevention. Get the facts about H1N1 (swine influenza) and other illnesses that could affect you and your student. Click HERE for the full story.

The Cost of Food-borne Pathogens

Food pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella can take a toll on your health, but what about their cost to society as a whole? Every year, 1 in 6 Americans become ill from eating food contaminated with pathogens - bacteria, viruses, or parasites that can infect people and make them sick.  While most people think of food pathogens as a temporary illness, some cases are serious, with over 100,000 people hospitalized and 3,000 people dying from these pathogens every year. Read entire article.

Kids and Hand Sanitizers

The Chicago Tribune reported that children have become inebriated by ingesting Purell. One child's ingestion of the hand sanitizer caused her blood alcohol level to reach 0.218; Purell contains 63% ethyl alcohol, while other hand sanitizers contain isopropanol which would likely have been fatal in the same dose.[5][6] The product packaging recommends that the product be "kept out of the reach of children".[7]

The product is flammable and may discolor fabrics, which are all mentioned in the product label. Besides ethyl alcohol it contains water, isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, carbomer, fragrance, aminomethyl propanol, propylene glycol, isopropyl myristate, and tocopheryl acetate.

Alcohol based hand sanitizers are poor at killing viruses. ABC News reported: "Water removed 96 percent of the virus; liquid antibacterial soap removed 88 percent; and the hand sanitizer removed only 46 percent."[8]  Read entire article.

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