Despite awareness of the importance of hand washing, most people often fail to do it properly.
Kids may need more exposure to dirt and microbes than previously thought.
Can your kids be too clean? Increases in allergies suggest so. But how much dirt is too much? A pediatric allergist explains the fascinating reasons the immune system needs dirt for training.
It’s quicker to use hand sanitiser than soap and water, which means people might be more likely to use it.
Washing your hands helps protect against the flu. So it makes sense for governments to make hand sanitisers available in public places.
In a recent research study, around 10 per cent of the recipes examined contained unsafe food preparation instructions.
A food safety expert offers six tips on safe food handling that many cookbooks and cooking shows fail to deliver.
Once a respiratory virus like influenza has entered your home or workplace, it is wise to treat the space like a hospital and practice infection prevention and control.
From face-touching to virus-contaminated electronic devices, a scientist offers some tips on eradicating the flu virus from your home.
Cytomegalovirus infection in the womb is more common in Australia than infection with listeria or toxoplasma in pregnancy.
We can prevent congenital deafness and intellectual disability due to cytomegalovirus by simple hygiene measures. So, why don't pregnant women know about this?
There are downsides to clean hands.
Food poisoning or allergies – which to go for.
Companies promoting these products have until now been able to make exaggerated claims about their relative germ-killing ability.
The US FDA has ruled to disallow the use of the more than a dozen antibacterial compounds in so-called "antibacterial" handwashes. Australia should now follow suit.
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Faraway sinks, empty hand sanitizer dispensers, employees who just don't want to change are all reasons health care workers don't wash up as often as they should.
Tackling one of life’s biggest questions.
It's time to tackle a question we've all pondered at one point or another: should I use an electric dryer or hand towels to dry my hands? The answer may surprise you.
There is no evidence that the antibacterial ingredients of such soaps do anything more than plain soap and water.
The next time you wash your hands with a liquid soap claiming to be antibacterial, keep in mind that you may not actually be sanitising them. There’s no evidence that the antibacterial ingredients of such…