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Sneezing with your eyes closed is a reflex you can consciously override. Robert Kneschke/EyeEm via Getty Images

A pediatric nurse explains the science of sneezing

People sneeze for many reasons and in many ways. One of them is to protect your airways from irritants and infectious disease.
Let your tea towel dry out after each use to reduce its bacterial load. Shutterstock/antoniodiaz

Research Check: can tea towels cause food poisoning?

Yes, bacteria can accumulate on tea towels. But most of the bacteria the researchers found are not responsible for food poisoning or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
The usual culprit is the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, better known as “golden staph”. Shutterstock

What are school sores and how do you get rid of them?

School sores usually clear up within a few weeks, without any scarring. Here’s what to do if you suspect your child has them.
Alcohol-based hand rubs have their place but aren’t usually needed if you’re washing your hands with soap and water. Boris Bulychev/Shutterstock

Health Check: should we be using alcohol-based hand sanitisers?

They’re everywhere in hospitals, travellers’ backpacks and the aisles of pharmacies in winter, but do we really need to use alcohol-based hand sanitisers?

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