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Sugar, Robots, and Infection Control

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 11:18:12 AM America/Denver

The last thing anyone wants from a hospital visit is to leave sicker than when they arrived. However, that is a reality for far too many people because some hospitals do a poor job of infection control. The results can be a nightmare and even deadly in some cases.

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Posted in News By Gil Workman

Can Your iPhone Germs Trigger Diabetes?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016 7:57:23 AM America/Denver

Diabetes affects those who suffer from it in a variety of ways. Some have to take insulin every day to function and ensure their safety. In other cases, it’s more of a matter of watching sugar intake and making sure to eat. Studies are still trying to nail down just how to defeat diabetes.

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Posted in News By Gil Workman

Just How Dirty is Your iPhone?

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 11:23:33 AM America/Denver

Your iPhone is dirtier than you could ever imagine. This is especially true if you don’t use a protective cover. Consider a recent article for the iDigital Times titled “Cell Phone Germs: How To Clean iPhone & Android Smartphones.”

Autumn Kelly of the iDigital Times writes, “On average, every smartphone has about 18 times more germs than a public restroom. Tests predict one in six smartphones have fecal matter on them. Smartphones carry on average 11,020 germs per square inch. That is more than the average doorknob, kitchen counter, and toilet seat (only 1,201). 

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Posted in News By Gil Workman

The Worst Public Places for Germs

Wednesday, August 24, 2016 3:03:37 PM America/Denver

Public places are a great place to pick up germs. For more information, consider a recent article for News Talk 1150 titled “Germiest Public Places.”

The author of the article writes, “Don't think you can escape the restroom without touching the door handle? Palm a spare paper towel after you wash up and use it to grasp the handle. Yes, other patrons may think you're a germ-phobe--but you'll never see them again, and you're the one who won't get sick… About 25% of public restroom dispensers are contaminated with fecal bacteria.

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Posted in News By Gil Workman

Purse Germs

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 7:48:26 AM America/Denver

Women keep a lot of important items in their purses. These items include phones, tablets, and other valuables. Often times, the germs collecting in their purses become an afterthought. Consider a recent article for Yahoo News titled “Your Purse Is Truly Disgusting.”

Lindsay Goldwert of Yahoo News titled “You may not know it but your handbag is a hot zone. If you’re like me, your entire world is in your purse or backpack. We travel with it, we set it down at restaurants, on top of bars, and on subway seats. When we sneeze, we reach inside it to grab a tissue and rub our grubby hands all over it. I liken the little bottle of Purell I keep in the outside pocket of my bag as a talisman against germs. But who am I kidding? If my bag could talk, it would ask for a HAZMAT suit… 

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Posted in News By Brandon McKeehen

Is Fighting Germs at the Office a Never-Ending Battle?

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:07:01 AM America/Denver

The fight against workplace germs can seem like a never-ending battle. In many ways, it is. However, there are preventative measures you can take to stem the tide of the problem. Consider a recent article for Business Day Live titled “Fighting workplace germs a never-ending battle.”

Tom Nevin of Business Day Live writes, “THE International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates that work-related accidents and illnesses take 2-million lives each year and cost the global economy about $1.25-trillion. They also cost about 10% of gross domestic product in developing countries. New research in the US, Europe and Australia shows that even the swankiest offices and ritziest hotels and restaurants can be awash with harmful micro-organisms. They lurk in the unlikeliest, and seemingly the most innocent, of places. Microbial infestation is a global phenomenon that, at best, can be controlled only by strictly applied hygiene standards. 

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Posted in News By Brandon McKeehen

The Surprising Results of Office Pathogen Sweep

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 10:49:40 AM America/Denver

How dirty is your office? Most of us realize that our office spaces are probably dirtier than we might think, but do we know just how bad the problem is? Consider a recent article for News.com.au titled “We let a professional germ buster sweep our office for pathogens.”

Dana McCauley of News.com.au writes, “Team Assistant Lauren Elias agreed to be our first sacrificial lamb, stepping back to allow Mr Tyson to swab for pathogens. As he swept the hi-tech swab over Lauren’s desk and keyboard, Mr Tyson explained that while there were hundreds of thousands of strains of harmless bacteria, the dodgy ones could make us seriously ill. ‘If you use a proper disinfectant or cleaner there should be nothing there,’ he said. ‘Water will kill 99 per cent of germs, but it’s the one per cent that you have to worry about.’ Child care centres, industrial kitchens and hospitals kept the bacteria count at their premises close to zero, Mr Tyson said, but for most workplaces an acceptable reading would be between 10 and 30 organisms per square centimetre. No pressure. 

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Posted in News By Brandon McKeehen

Tips for Preserving Your Immunity During Cold and Flu Season

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 8:57:11 AM America/Denver

There is a lot you can do to protect your immunity during cold and flu season. Consider a recent article for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian titled “Tips for keeping immunity strong and avoiding sickness with cold and flu season right around the corner.”

Ashley McDermott of the Massachusetts Daily Collegian writes, “As the winter season finally draws to a close and spring arrives, the atmosphere at the University of Massachusetts is one of vibrancy and action. People shed their heavy sweaters in exchange for t-shirts, choose to take walking paths back from class rather than buses and embrace the sun as it filters through dorm and classroom windows. That being said, with such ambivalent weather, many students seem to forget that cold and flu season persists. Everyone dreads – at some point in the past and upcoming weeks – the looming threat of sickness, one that has even been penned by many students as, ‘The UMass Plague.’

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Posted in News By Brandon McKeehen

Infection Control Scandal Exposed Patients to HIV and Hepatitis

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 7:35:08 AM America/Denver

Infection control is becoming even more of a pressing issue following a major hospital scare. Consider a recent article titled “Hospital warns patients of possible HIV, hepatitis exposure.”

The author of the article writes, “Officials at a southern New Jersey hospital have notified 213 patients they may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis B or C because of drug tampering that may have caused patients to come in contact with an employee's blood. The warning applied to patients at Shore Medical Center in Somers Point who received intravenous morphine or hydromorphone medications at the hospitals between June 1, 2013, and Sept. 17, 2014, the medical center said.

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Posted in News By Brandon McKeehen

Infection Control Still a Major Problem in the United States

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 7:52:27 AM America/Denver

Many people around the United States are concerned or should be about the high levels of infection control in the country. Consider a recent article for Infection Control Today titled “New Data Show Infection Rates Still Too High in U.S. Hospitals.”

The author of the article writes, “Although hospitals are making strides in avoiding central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), a report released today shows patients are still experiencing these serious, and sometimes fatal, infections too frequently. 

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Posted in News By Brandon McKeehen
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