10
Feb
2017
Public Health

Antimicrobial Resistance: “Nothing in Our Medicine Cabinet”


09
Feb
2017
Norovirus
by Chris Wiant, MPH, PhD

Your Norovirus Season Survival Guide

Norovirus, the dreaded “stomach flu” or “winter vomiting disease,” is spreading misery far and wide this winter. The Wall Street Journal (January 24) reported on multiple school closures across the US and unhappy households in which family members are falling sick in succession like a line of dominoes. Meet the Virus Not a flu but... Read More »

13
Jan
2017
Bleach
by Water Quality & Health Council

The Secret Life of Bleach

Chlorine bleach – that household staple usually parked in the laundry – has additional uses besides “whitening your whites.” During cold and flu season, dilute bleach solutions can be used to wipe down frequently touched surfaces to help prevent the spread of viruses and other pathogens (disease-spreading germs) among family members. Bleach solutions also destroy... Read More »

23
Dec
2016
Child Care
by Water Quality & Health Council

A Fun Holiday Hand-washing Activity for Kids

As our families and friends gather to celebrate the holidays, we look forward to enjoying good company, delicious food and exchanging gifts.  One aspect of the holidays we don’t enjoy, however, is exchanging the germ du jour. Many adults are aware that frequent hand-washing—and hand sanitizer use in a pinch–can help avoid the “re-gifted” germs... Read More »

09
Dec
2016
Preventing Infection
by Water Quality & Health Council

Handkerchief or Tissues? That is the Question!

Ah-choo! How do you handle sneezes and a runny nose? Do you reach for a handkerchief or tissues? Which option is more sanitary? Which option is most environmentally responsible? How do affordability, comfort and convenience factor into your decision? More men than women may prefer handkerchiefs, but that may be changing. Rather than endorse one... Read More »

02
Dec
2016
Food Safety
by Barbara M. Soule, RN, MPA, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC

What Cooking Shows Don’t Teach

Want to know how to prepare a delicious recipe? Tune in to a TV cooking show. Just don’t expect to view some of the most important cooking steps! According to a new study1 in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior (abstract), today’s cooking shows are missing “an opportunity to model and teach good food... Read More »

23
Nov
2016
Public Health
by Water Quality & Health Council

The Black Friday Shoppers’ Health and Safety Survival Guide

Determined to brave the traffic, crowds and general madness of Black Friday, many shoppers strike out to take advantage of deep discounts on holiday goods. We offer tips to help ensure shoppers return home from these shopping adventures safely and in good health. Safety First As exciting as it is to get to the sales... Read More »

18
Nov
2016
Food Safety
by Linda Golodner

Holiday Food Safety and the Foodkeeper App

A beautifully arranged holiday dinner table is a feast for the senses. Occasionally, however, festive fare that looks perfectly delectable can sicken unsuspecting diners. There are many ways in which the “perfect” holiday dinner can go horribly wrong. Fortunately, most foodborne illness can be avoided when cooks maintain and apply a keen awareness of the... Read More »

28
Oct
2016
Flu
by Ralph Morris, MD, MPH

Five Tips for Getting through Flu Season

The 2016–2017 flu season is off to a slow start, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts an uptick in flu activity in the coming weeks and months. Here are some tips to help prepare and inform you as flu appears in your community: Get a Flu Shot: CDC recommends a flu... Read More »

14
Oct
2016
Norovirus
by Linda Golodner

Norovirus and Chlorine Bleach: The Perfect Pathogen Meets its Match

Is there such a thing as a “perfect” human pathogen?  If by perfect we mean a disease-causing microorganism that is highly contagious; quickly and profusely shed in the environment by its hosts; and able to evolve rapidly to both avoid widespread human immunity and ensure a large pool of susceptible hosts, then norovirus comes very... Read More »