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  • Bizarre: A Prophet Who Hasn't Had a Bath for 13 Years!

    07/27/2014 5:30:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    Vanguard (Nigeria) ^ | July 26, 2014 | EBUN SESSOU
    How would you react if you heard there was a sane man who hasn’t taken a bath for more than 13 years and is not smelling? Impossible, you might exclaim. may be odd, but it is true. It is the oddity of this story and curiosity that compelled Saturday Vanguard to take a two day trip to Ibadan, Oyo state, in search of this man: one prophet Wale Olagunju, the presiding Bishop of Divine Seed of God Chapel Ministries in Ibadan, Oyo State, who has neither taken a bath nor had sex with his wife since 2001! Testimonies regarding his...
  • Levi's CEO: No Need to Wash Your Jeans

    05/26/2014 3:28:25 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 66 replies
    Newser ^ | May 26, 2014 | John Johnson
    How often do you chuck your jeans in the laundry? If it's more than once a year, the CEO of Levi's thinks you're doing it wrong. At a green-themed conference sponsored by Fortune, Chip Bergh said he practices what he preaches. "These jeans have yet to see a washing machine," he said of the pair he had on, which he has owned for a year. "I have yet to get a skin disease." (Bergh didn't say how often he wears them.)
  • My No-Soap, No-Shampoo, Bacteria-Rich Hygiene Experiment

    05/24/2014 10:34:51 AM PDT · by UnwashedPeasant · 45 replies
    NY Times ^ | 5/22/14 | Julia Scott
    Summary: The writer is one of several subjects who go 28 days using a probiotic spray instead of using soap, shampoo and deodorant. It is a slow-growing, ammonia-oxidizing bacteria that competes with other bacteria on the skin. The result is healthier skin, free of breakouts. It is longer-lasting than, but not as acutely effective as, a recent traditional cleaning with soap. The friendly bacteria is useful for wound-healing and skin ailments, such as eczema. It causes a hundred-fold reduction in Propionibacterium acnes, which are often blamed for acne breakouts. The writer had improved skin health, some unpleasant body odor and...
  • First Lady: Wearing Shorts on Air Force One Created a ‘Stink’

    11/19/2013 5:48:47 PM PST · by kristinn · 160 replies
    AP via CBS Washington, D.C. ^ | Tuesday, November 19, 2013
    Michelle Obama says she won’t wear shorts on Air Force One again because the one time she did, it created “a huge stink.” Treated worldwide as a style icon, the first lady addressed the issue during a taped appearance broadcast Tuesday on BET’s “106 and Park.” SNIP
  • Physicists probe urination 'splashback' problem

    11/06/2013 6:05:41 AM PST · by haffast · 75 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 November 2013 Last updated at 08:17 ET | James Morgan
    US physicists have studied the fluid dynamics of urine "splashback" - and found hygiene tips for men and women. Using high-speed cameras, the team filmed jets of liquid striking toilet walls and studied the resulting spray. Splashback was low when the jets were used close up with a narrow "angle of attack", said the Brigham Young University team. They will present their their research at an American Physical Society meeting in Pittsburgh. "In response to harsh and repeated criticisms from our mothers and several failed relationships with women, we present the splash dynamics of a simulated human male urine stream,"...
  • Revealed: NHS hospital kitchens overrun by mice and cockroaches—how 3 in 4 break food hygiene rules

    10/13/2013 10:53:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Mail on Sunday (UK) ^ | 09:17 EST, 13 October 2013 | Rob Cooper
    Hundreds of hospital kitchens across the country are dirty, have cockroach and mice infestations or are stocking out-of-date food, a MailOnline investigation has revealed. Inspectors found that three-quarters of kitchens are flouting basic food hygiene rules while nearly a third were not properly cleaned. Six NHS hospitals had mice, two had rats, five had cockroaches and another hospital had an unspecified problem with “pests”. … An analysis of 769 environmental health inspection reports revealed that 581 hospitals across Britain are breaking the rules. …
  • Why aren't bidets more popular in America? (Would you just paper if "it" was on your hands?)

    05/22/2013 9:49:51 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 77 replies
    The U.S. has long prided itself on being a cleanliness-first nation. All throughout my childhood, I heard about "dirty" Europeans and "smelly" French folk. My school friends, and sometimes even their parents, would joke about how women in other countries didn't shave legs or armpits and how glad they were that kind of behavior didn't fly in America — unless one was a "dirty" hippie, that is. We have been through the toxic wringer and back in attempting to keep our homes not only sparkling clean, but germ-free (which very well might be contributing to supergerms and auto-immune diseases per...
  • Majority of pools are contaminated by poop, CDC says

    05/17/2013 7:02:49 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 111 replies
    Fox News ^ | 05/17/13 | Karen Rowan
    There's poop in public pools, according to a new report. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found genetic material from E. coli bacteria in 58 percent of public pools they tested during the summer of 2012. This shows that "swimmers frequently introduced fecal material into pools," which could spread germs to other people, the researchers wrote in their report. E. coli bacteria are normally found in the human gut and feces. They also found genetic material from bacteria called Pseudomonas aeruginosa, whichcan cause skin rashes and ear infections, in 59 percent of pools. The fecal material...
  • Pepe Le Pew! France: One in 29 Don't Shower Even Once a WEEK - 13% Don't Wash After Using Toilet

    10/17/2012 3:18:02 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 17 October 2012 | David Harding
    One in 29 French people don't take a shower even once a WEEK - while 13% do not wash their hands after using the toilet One in 29 people in France only take a shower once a week, according to a new survey. The study into French washing habits also found that one in five do not shower every day. On the other end of the scale, 11.5 per cent of French men and women shower several times daily. Hand washing, too, is ‘not always a priority for the French,’ said pollster BVA, which was commissioned to carry out the...
  • Survival Hygiene

    10/07/2012 12:20:20 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 108 replies
    SHTF School ^ | 10/5/12 | Selco
    There are some topics that people maybe sometimes do not want to read or hear about, or other folks just thinking that is not too important when SHTF. Hygiene is something that we all agree is important, but how dirty is gonna be is other thing. If you look for example to definition of Cholera you can see this: „Cholera is an acute enteric infection caused by the ingestion of bacterium Vibrio cholerae present in faecally contaminated water or food. Primarily linked to insufficient access to safe water and proper sanitation, its impact can be even more dramatic in areas...
  • Hospital Receptionist Claims She Was Fired for Smelling Like Cigarette Smoke

    07/27/2012 4:10:39 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 48 replies
    KSTP.com ^ | 07/26/2012 | Mark Saxenmeyer
    A Fridley woman named Stephanie Cannon believes she's the victim of discrimination -- fired because she smelled like cigarette smoke. Cannon, a smoker for 18 years, says she smokes almost a pack a day of Camel Menthols. But when she landed a job in June as a medical receptionist at Park Nicollet Health Services, in the Frauenshuh Cancer Center, she says she followed the hospital's clearly-stated "no smoking" policy. (There is no smoking allowed at any time on the premises.) "There were never any performance issues at all," Cannon insists.
  • Back to the future.

    12/09/2011 5:10:03 PM PST · by Lowell1775 · 5 replies
    Open Source Survival ^ | 12-8-2011 | Brother Rat
    Revisiting the resilient lifestyle… Things finally collapse, and you go to the basement, start digging out survival gear and freeze dry food. You gather the family around the radio, shotgun in hand and begin worrying about how long the “stuff” will last. OR You get up at six AM as usual, open a bag of your favorite coffee, mixing it 50/50 with the chickory root you gathered in the summer. Opening the spout on the Big Berkey water filter, you fill the percolator you picked up at a yard sale, for 2 bucks. You set the coffee on the woodstove...
  • Protesters Coming Down With the "Zuccotti Lung"

    11/11/2011 9:59:39 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 14 replies · 1+ views
    NBCNewYork.com ^ | November 11, 2011 | Unattributed
    With wintry weather poised to swoop into the cramped outdoor quarters of Occupy Wall Street protesters, it may not be long before more campers catch what's being called "Zuccotti lung." That's what demonstrators have dubbed the sickness that seems to be spreading among them at an unpleasantly high rate these days: "It's a real thing," Willie Carey, 28, told the New York Times.
  • Unusual Traits Blended in Germany E. Coli Strain

    06/23/2011 1:04:56 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 22, 2011 | GINA KOLATA
    University Hospital Münster/Institute for HygieneThe E. coli O104:H4 strain has a pattern that looks like a stack of bricks on cultured intestinal epithelial cells. The E. coli bacteria that killed dozens of people in Germany over the past month have a highly unusual combination of two traits and that may be what made the outbreak among the deadliest in recent history, scientists there are reporting. One trait was a toxin, called Shiga, that causes severe illness, including bloody diarrhea and, in some patients, kidney failure. The other is the ability of this strain to gather on the surface of an...
  • Stimulus Loot Spent on Teaching Africans to Wash Their Privates

    09/15/2010 7:03:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    Right Wing News ^ | September 14, 2010 | Van Helsing
    Not all of the hundreds and hundreds of $billions our rulers have been looting from future generations and flushing away in the name of "stimulus" has been as flagrantly wasted as the $30 million spent to enhance the living conditions of rodents in Nancy Pelosi's district. For example, $800,000 was spent teaching Africans how to wash their genitals: The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals...
  • Muslim staff escape NHS hygiene rule

    04/11/2010 8:06:19 AM PDT · by george76 · 42 replies · 1,706+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11 Apr 2010
    Muslim doctors and nurses are to be allowed to opt out of strict hygiene rules introduced by the NHS to restrict the spread of hospital superbugs. Female staff who follow the Islamic faith will be allowed to cover their arms to preserve their modesty despite earlier guidance that all staff should be "bare below the elbow". The Department of Health has also relaxed rules prohibiting jewellery ... The rules were drawn up to reduce the number of patients who were falling ill, and even dying, from superbugs such as MRSA and Clostridium difficile.
  • Muslim Staff Escape NHS Hygiene Rule [Muslims Object To Scrubbing Bare Arms]

    04/11/2010 11:50:06 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 42 replies · 1,363+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | April 11th 2010
    Muslim Staff Escape NHS Hygiene Rule Muslim doctors and nurses are to be allowed to opt out of strict hygiene rules introduced by the NHS to restrict the spread of hospital superbugs. 11 Apr 2010 Muslim doctors and nurses are to be allowed to opt out of strict hygiene rules introduced by the NHS to restrict teh spread of hospital superbugs. Female staff who follow the Islamic faith will be allowed to cover their arms to preserve their modesty despite earlier guidance that all staff should be "bare below the elbow". The Department of Health has also relaxed rules prohibiting...
  • Psycho anniversary film highlights UK bad shower habits

    07/10/2009 1:03:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,333+ views
    Royal Society of Chemistry ^ | 02 July 2009 | Brian Emsley
    The 50th anniversary this year of the shooting of Hitchcock's film Psycho will be employed to demonstrate how a one-minute shower will help conserve water and the environment.The Royal Society of Chemistry is seeking a lookalike of Janet Leigh, who played the part of Norman Bates' shower victim in the celebrated horror movie.The RSC is to make a tasteful video, called Shower Murder, to go on its website to illustrate how a shower can be taken effectively in just 60 seconds, so avoiding the huge wastage of water and the contamination that many in Britain cause currently.   RSC chief...
  • Muslim medics refuse to roll up their sleeves in hygiene crackdown - it's against their religion

    02/28/2009 9:53:31 AM PST · by knighthawk · 64 replies · 1,669+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Februari 27 2009
    Health officials are having crisis talks with Muslim medical staff who have objected to hospital hygiene rules because of religious beliefs. Medics in hospitals in at least three major English cities have refused to follow the regulations aimed at helping tackle superbugs because of their faith, it has been revealed. Women medical students at Alder Hey children's hospital in Liverpool objected to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands and removing arm coverings in theatre, claiming it is regarded as immodest.
  • 'Only 53% wash hands after defecation'

    07/05/2008 2:04:42 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 47 replies · 334+ views
    timesofindia ^ | 07/07/08 | Meenakshi Kumar
    NEW DELHI: It's a simple act, yet most of us neglect it. We tend to take it lightly, sometimes dismissing it as unnecessary, little realising its importance. Yet, grandma’s advice about washing hands still holds true. Every time we scrub our hands clean, killer germs get washed away. Though various studies have established that washing hands with soap reduces the risk of normal diarrhoea by nearly half and life-threatening diarrhoea by more than half, very few people take this seriously. In fact, a study conducted in West Bengal and Tripura last year found that only 49% washed their hands after...
  • Heavyweight physics professor weighs into climate/energy scrap

    06/23/2008 6:39:08 AM PDT · by hreardon · 42 replies · 68+ views
    The Register ^ | June 20, 2008 | Lewis Page
    Professor David J C MacKay tells The Register that he was first drawn into this field by the constant suggestion — from the BBC, parts of the government etc — that we can seriously impact our personal energy consumption by doing such things as turning our TVs off standby or unplugging our mobile-phone chargers. Anyone with even a slight grasp of energy units should know that this is madness. Skipping one bath saves a much energy as leaving your TV off standby for over six months. People who wash regularly, wear clean clothes, consume hot food or drink, use powered...
  • An unsanitised history of washing

    03/12/2008 7:13:25 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 13 replies · 669+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 6, 2008 | Katherine Ashenburg
    To modern Westerners life without showers is unimaginable, but mankind somehow survived before the advent of soap and deodorants. For the modern, middle-class North American, “clean” means that you shower and apply deodorant each and every day without fail. For the aristocratic 17th-century Frenchman, it meant that he changed his linen shirt daily and dabbled his hands in water, but never touched the rest of his body with water or soap. For the Roman in the first century, it involved two or more hours of splashing, soaking and steaming the body in water of various temperatures, raking off sweat and...
  • More Muslim Women Medics in U.K. Refusing to Follow Hygiene Rules

    02/03/2008 7:26:33 PM PST · by NoKoolAidforMe · 89 replies · 651+ views
    Fox News ^ | 02-03-08 | Fox News
    Muslim women working at U.K. medical facilities are increasingly refusing to comply with the basic hygiene standard of rolling up their sleeves when their washing hands, it was reported. According to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph, female workers are ignoring Britain's Department of Health rules requiring medics to be "bare below the elbow" because they consider showing any skin — outside the hands and face — immodest. The guidelines were put into place to stave off the spread of infectious killer bugs like MRSA and Clostridium difficile, which have been implicated in the deaths of hundreds of hospital patients, according to...
  • Female Muslim medics 'disobey hygiene rules'

    02/02/2008 7:56:22 PM PST · by camerakid400 · 74 replies · 239+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk ^ | Feb 3 08 | Julie Henry and Laura Donnelly
    Muslim medical students are refusing to obey hygiene rules brought in to stop the spread of deadly superbugs, because they say it is against their religion. Women training in several hospitals in England have raised objections to removing their arm coverings in theatre and to rolling up their sleeves when washing their hands, because it is regarded as immodest in Islam.
  • Study shows Americans getting lax about clean hands

    09/17/2007 11:45:48 AM PDT · by Mr. Brightside · 74 replies · 119+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 9/17/07
    Study shows Americans getting lax about clean hands By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - Americans' hands are getting dirtier, U.S. researchers said on Monday. They said 77 percent of more than 6,000 men and women washed their hands in public restrooms -- a 6 percent decline compared with a similar study in 2005. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, handwashing in the single-most important prevention step for reducing disease transmission. In a telephone survey, 92 percent of adults said they wash their hands in public conveniences, according to the study done by the American Society for...
  • Six weeks without a wash: The soapless experiment

    08/24/2007 12:05:24 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 101 replies · 2,563+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 24, 2007 | NATASHA COURTENAY-SMITH
    Every morning for as long as she can remember, Nicky Taylor — like millions of other women — has carried out her 'getting ready' routine. It starts with shower gel, shampoo and conditioner, includes mouthwash, cleanser and a moisturiser, and ends with an array of age-reversing serums, make-up, hair gel, deodorant, toothpaste and perfume. Exfoliating scrubs, nail varnishes and cellulite-busting creams are often thrown into the mix, too. It is a ritual that not only sets Nicky up for the day but one she has always believed was essential to keeping her looking good and feeling well. But over the...
  • Cate Blanchett no longer washes her hair (Celebutard alert)

    08/08/2007 3:39:58 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 47 replies · 775+ views
    Holymoly.co.uk ^ | Published on Wed 08 August 2007 | by IanMcShane
    Super green actress Cate 'I care' Blanchett has revealed she's given up washing her hair - to save the world - meaning Pete Doherty must be one of the greenest men alive, both ecologically and literally. After visiting a drought-stricken lake outside Brisbane, Blanchett realised she had to take drastic action to save the world. As well as making her children turn off the taps while cleaning their teeth, she's also fitted timers to restrict water usage and energy levels. And without her hair to wash, she only needs take a shower for two minutes.
  • China not sole food-safety offender (Mexico)

    07/23/2007 4:02:50 AM PDT · by restornu · 21 replies · 518+ views
    Wahsington Times ^ | July 21, 2007 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    ASSOCIATED PRESS - MEXICO CITY — Mexican cantaloupe irrigated with water from sewage-tainted rivers. Candy laced with lead. Chinese toothpaste is not the only concern for U.S. consumers wary of the health risks posed by imported goods. Producers in other developing nations are notorious violators of basic food-safety standards, even as they woo consumers with a growing appetite for foods such as pickled mangoes from India and fruits and vegetables during winter from Mexico. On Wednesday, President Bush established a high-level government panel to recommend steps to guarantee the safety of food shipped into the U.S. and to improve policing...
  • THE YEAR 1907

    05/13/2007 3:07:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 5,036+ views
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    Share this with All your Friends... And SHOW this to your children and grandchildren !!!! THE YEAR 1907 This will boggle your mind, I know it did mine! The year is 1907. One hundred years ago. What a difference a century makes! Here are some of the U.S. Statistics for the Year 1907: ************************************ The average life expectancy in the U.S. Was 47 years old. Only 14 percent of the homes in the U.S. Had a bathtub . Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City Cost eleven dollars. There...
  • Millions In U.S. Infected With HPV (Study Finds Virus Strikes a Third of Women by Age 24)

    02/27/2007 9:13:01 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 15 replies · 882+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, February 28, 2007 | David Brown
    More than one-third of American women are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), which in rare cases can lead to cervical cancer, by the time they are 24 years old, according to a study being published today. The new estimates suggest that there are 7.5 million girls and women 14 to 24 years old infected with the microbe -- about two-thirds more than an earlier but less comprehensive study had found. Overall, about one-quarter of women under age 60 are infected at any given time, making HPV by far the most common sexually transmitted disease in the country. News of the...
  • Malodour on the dancefloor

    09/07/2006 9:01:15 AM PDT · by metesky · 55 replies · 1,147+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | Mon 4 Sep 2006 | n/a
    Mon 4 Sep 2006 Malodour on the dancefloor NIGHTSPOTS are being forced to pump out perfume because the new smoking ban is failing to disguise body odours. Air fresheners and scented oils are being deployed in a bid to banish smells caused by sweaty revellers. Licensed trade chiefs say venues are turning some people away because of poor hygiene, which was covered up before by the smell of cigarette smoke. Kay Bennett, of Edinburgh city centre nightclub Cabaret Voltaire, said: "If you walk into a club with a few hundred people dancing, you notice a smell. It's a combination of...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 09-02-06

    09/02/2006 7:24:17 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 279+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 09-02-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. This story is making the rounds-- A restaurant fined, on these grounds: Instead of just bread A live cockroach, instead Now THAT's how you lose a few "pounds"!
  • Poll: Most Malaysians unaware that washing hands prevents infection

    07/13/2006 6:26:45 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 2 replies · 204+ views
    TheStar.com ^ | 7/13/06 | DHARMENDER SINGH
    KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians are generally clean but they are not washing their hands enough. In a Global Hygiene Survey, a third of the respondents admitted to taking short cuts by not washing their hands after going to the toilet. Another 34% did not wash their hands before meals. The survey was funded by Reckitt Benckiser Malaysia and Singapore, manufacturers of Dettol, and carried out by the Hygiene Council. It includes nine global experts in the fields of microbiology, virology, infectious disease, immunology and public health. Other countries included in the survey aimed at providing a better picture of current hygiene...
  • Preparing for Bird Flu

    05/25/2006 9:16:20 PM PDT · by Smokin' Joe · 36 replies · 708+ views
    About The Avian Flu What do we do about the possibility of a bird flu pandemic? Many people state that they've understood this scare to be blown out of proportion. Others say that even if it does come, there's nothing that can be to prevent the destruction. Still others have become completely frantic and stressed. To all of these people, we suggest doing more research. Calm down, prep-up and read. The information on this site should not be read in a dramatic light. This is not to scare or frighten; hopefully these suggestions will put people in a non-frantic, thinking-ahead,...
  • Black Colleges Aiming to Fight Obesity [Norfolk State University]

    10/24/2005 6:02:34 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 19 replies · 710+ views
    AOL News ^ | Oct. 23, 2005 | DIONNE WALKER,
    Black Colleges Aiming to Fight ObesityBy DIONNE WALKER, AP NORFOLK, Va. (Oct. 23) - As students talk over the thump of rapper Chingy's "Right Thurr," Tina Carroll stands in a corner of the university dining hall deliberating. At 187 pounds, 22-year-old graduate student Tina Carroll is well above what's recommended for her 5-foot-2 frame. Piled in front of her are sliced carrots, peas and steaming squash chunks. Nearby, breaded chicken patties fan out like meaty playing cards, and french fries glisten in fat-laden glory. Carroll nibbles her manicured fingernails, her eyes darting between each selection. At 187 pounds - well...
  • Women's Hands Cleaner Than Men, Study Says

    09/23/2005 10:08:23 AM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 33 replies · 565+ views
    AP/Yahoo ^ | 9/21/05 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    Women's Hands Cleaner Than Men, Study Says By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer Wed Sep 21, 2:40 PM ET WASHINGTON - Men are dirtier than women. So scientists confirmed by spying in public restrooms, watching as one-quarter of men left without washing their hands. The worst offenders were at an Atlanta Braves game. In contrast, 90 percent of the women did wash up. Wednesday's results mark the American Society of Microbiology's latest look at how many people take what is considered the single easiest step to staying healthy: spending 20 seconds rubbing with soap under the faucet. It also explains...
  • Americans' Dirty Secret Revealed [San Francisco most hygiene-conscious city]

    09/22/2005 4:51:34 PM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies · 548+ views
    LiveScience ^ | 21 September 2005 | Bjorn Carey
    American adults are liars, at least when it comes to washing their hands. In a recent telephone survey, 91 percent of the subjects claimed they always washed their hands after using public restrooms. But, when researchers observed people leaving public restrooms, only 83 percent actually did so. Only 75 percent of men washed their hands compared to 90 percent of women, the observations revealed. The telephone survey also turned up several other results – some surprising, some not. While 83 percent said they washed their hands after using a home bathroom, 73 percent washed their hands after changing a diaper....
  • Scientists: Men Dirtier than Women

    09/21/2005 1:06:36 PM PDT · by kddid · 188 replies · 3,792+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | Sept. 21, 2005 | NewsMax.com
    Men are dirtier than women. So scientists confirmed by spying in public restrooms, watching as one-quarter of men left without washing their hands. The worst offenders were at an Atlanta Braves game. In contrast, 90 percent of the women did wash up. Wednesday's results mark the American Society of Microbiology's latest look at how many people take what is considered the single easiest step to staying healthy: spending 20 seconds rubbing with soap under the faucet. It also explains why these infection experts tend to use paper towels to open bathroom doors. There is no telling what germs the person...
  • A Swiss hygiene inspector calls

    03/06/2005 9:02:47 PM PST · by cinnathepoet · 39 replies · 1,264+ views
    BBC ^ | March 5, 2005 | Imogen Foulkes
    Moving house is said to be one of life's most stressful experiences but, in Switzerland, it is made even more stressful by strict requirements on how you leave your old home. Imogen Foulkes moved house recently and describes the day the hygiene inspector came to call. I have to confess, I have always been a bit intimidated by the Swiss devotion to cleanliness. Women in Switzerland spend a couple of hours a day cleaning the house It all began not long after I arrived in Switzerland when, as a new mother, I was invited for coffee by a woman who...
  • Why You Should Always Brush Your Teeth

    12/10/2004 2:23:35 PM PST · by anymouse · 2 replies · 423+ views
    code: theWebSocket ^ | Thursday, December 9, 2004 | Alwin Hawkins
    From one of the medical email lists I subscribe to: a pointed reminder from Dr. AnnaLee Kruyer, DDS, regarding the importance of good dental hygiene: The most miraculous event I witnessed showed how a tooth saved a sergeant's life! Christmas Eve morning a soldier came into our clinic at the Ibn Sina Hospital in downtown Baghdad covered in his own blood. He recounted an incredible story. Early Christmas Eve morning, two squads were assigned to sweep and clear two adjacent homes where Iraq terrorists were holed-up. The patient, SGT C, was leading one of those assault squads. The other squad...
  • The Big Fat filmaker Michael Moore is going to be in Tampa, Florida today at 5:30 PM

    11/01/2004 12:02:33 PM PST · by PhiKapMom · 45 replies · 460+ views
    St Pete Times ^ | Nov 1, 2004
    The Big Fat filmaker Michael Moore is going to be in Tampa, Florida today at 5:30 PM at the headquarters of Moveon.org (2307 West Azeele Street). http://www.sptimes.com/2004/11/01/Hillsborough/Filmaker_Moore_to_sp.shtml
  • Experts: Good Hygiene Can Ward Off Flu

    10/09/2004 3:03:42 PM PDT · by The Loan Arranger · 45 replies · 844+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 9, 2004 | LINDA A. JOHNSON
    The wisdom mothers have been dispensing for ages - wash your hands, eat your vegetables, go to bed earlier - turns out to be great advice for avoiding the flu. Doctors and nutritionists say careful hygiene, a balanced diet and plenty of rest and fluids can go a long way toward keeping people healthy during the influenza season, especially considering this year's vaccine shortage. "Taking care of yourself from a health standpoint is probably the best thing you can do," said Dr. R. Michael Gallagher, a family physician and dean of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's...
  • Sure, Hold Your Nose, But Colleagues Odors Pose Serious Problem

    07/21/2004 9:16:51 AM PDT · by BluegrassScholar · 83 replies · 2,265+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | July 21, 2004 | Jared Sandberg
    Larry Isaacson's nose is so sensitive to perfume that he gets woozy, loses his appetite and can develop an itchy rash that blooms behind his ears when he is exposed to it. So when a colleague recently slathered on perfume that emanated well beyond her personal space, Mr. Isaacson found himself employing his usual tactics. They include avoidance, which means standing several feet away from the cloud and holding his breath until it passes. If trapped in close proximity for an extended time, he breathes through his mouth. And his most passive tactic, which sometimes works best: waiting for someone...
  • 60 per cent of German men didn't shower today

    07/07/2004 6:14:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 450+ views
    Expatica ^ | 7/6/04 | Expatica
    OFFENBACH - Six out of 10 men in Germany do not shower daily, but at least those six change their underpants daily, according to a new survey published this week. That was the national average, with over 70 percent of younger males under age 34 showering and changing knickers daily. But only 16 percent of men over 55 bother to bathe daily or put on fresh underwear. The figures for German women show a similar age discrepancy, with over 80 percent of younger women bathing and cladding themselves with clean undergarments on a daily basis. But more than 80 percent...
  • Canada Condemns "Racist" TV Show (Conan O'Brien)

    02/13/2004 1:53:18 PM PST · by quidnunc · 103 replies · 1,150+ views
    Reuters via SwissiInfo ^ | February 13, 2004 | David Ljunggren
    Ottawa – Canada's government has condemned a show by U.S. late-night television host Conan O'Brien that insulted people in French-speaking Quebec and seemed to suggest everyone in the province was homosexual. Ottawa and the province of Ontario paid C$1 million (400,000 pounds) to help O'Brien — who appears on the NBC television network — bring his show to Toronto for a week to boost the city's profile after a deadly SARS outbreak last year. But the federal government said O'Brien had gone far too far with the show broadcast on Thursday in which he went to Quebec, a province which...
  • Teen's treatment ends in tragedy

    01/03/2004 9:34:25 AM PST · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 254 replies · 975+ views
    OaklandTribune.com ^ | January 3, 2004
    They were just trying to save his hair. But what started as a desire to preserve Koran Akindele Jenkin's dreadlocks, grown during his 13-year life, ended in tragedy and changed the Berkeley boy's world forever. Koran had picked up head lice in his thick, black shoulder-length dreads during a backyard campout with a group of friends. The eighth grader had never in his life had a haircut. He loved his hair. His mother loved his hair. Koran, a member of a hip-hop group, needed the hair to complete his look. But as the critters hopped around in Koran's locks, mother...
  • Archdiocese Asks Ill To Forego Rites (Church Tries To Stem Flu Outbreak)

    12/24/2003 4:20:28 PM PST · by Momaw Nadon · 17 replies · 392+ views
    www.TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 6:50 PM EST December 24, 2003 | Jorge Quiroga
    BOSTON -- As millions of Catholics prepare for the traditional midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, the Boston Archdiocese is making an unusual plea to parishioners. NewsCenter 5's Jorge Quiroga reported that church leaders are asking anyone with cold or flu symptoms to take certain precautions and avoid some rituals. The announcement comes days after two elderly men on Cape Cod died of flu complications. But public health officials warn against overreactions saying the cases are not unusual considering the ages of the victims, 89 and 90. Parishioners attending Christmas Mass are urged not to shake hands as a sign of...
  • Smelly Employee Fuels Hygiene Policy

    08/26/2003 7:16:03 AM PDT · by bedolido · 48 replies · 1,109+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/26/03 | Staff Writer
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- City officials say one smelly employee is responsible for a new policy that requires all city employees to smell nice when reporting for work. The Murfreesboro City Council adopted the good hygiene policy Thursday: "No employee shall have an odor generally offensive to others when reporting to work. An offensive body odor may result from a lack of good hygiene, from an excessive application of a fragrant aftershave or cologne or from other cause." City attorney Susan McGannon said the problem had never come up in the 11 years she has worked for the city. But...
  • Disney fini? Don't take the Mickey

    08/25/2003 7:59:41 AM PDT · by dogbrain · 22 replies · 443+ views
    telegraph online ^ | 25/08/2003 | unknown
    The French have never liked Disneyland Paris, blaming it for a host of cultural ills. But, as they relish its current financial woes, Philip Delves Broughton, who spent a day there with his family, says it's worth every euro Europe's "cultural Chernobyl", as one French critic called Disneyland Paris, is in meltdown again. Falling attendance, overspending on a new movie-themed park and those cursed terrorists are to blame. This month, it announced it would have trouble repaying its banks and the doomsayers are predicting bankruptcy. Small world: Disneyland Paris aims to bring the famous formula to Europe For those who...
  • Scientists confident of SARS link {SARS spread by cockroaches!}

    04/11/2003 7:10:37 PM PDT · by Vigilant1 · 64 replies · 678+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 11 April 2003 | Julie Bell
    Evidence of new virus found in stool samples, journal report says Scientists working to identify the cause of a mysterious respiratory illness that has killed 111 people worldwide are now almost certain that it is associated with a new kind of coronavirus, a family of viruses also responsible for the common cold. One of two groups of scientists whose findings were published online yesterday in separate New England Journal of Medicine articles also said they had found genetic evidence of the virus in some victims' stool samples. The finding lends support to a previously advanced theory that the virus might...