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How to Avoid a COVID Christmas

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If only we could put the coronavirus on a hard No Fly List and Christmas and New Year’s Eve Party Blacklist this holiday season. Unfortunately, in the real, very harsh COVID-filled world we live in, that’s not possible. The sad truth is harmful germs and pathogens will be with us wherever we go and turn […]

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A Nervous Iowan’s Guide to the Coronavirus

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As it sets the entire world on edge from Canada to China to Australia, the coronavirus is both the world’s most terrifying and confusing virus. Iowa health officials are monitoring the troublesome epidemic, which thankfully has not yet produced any confirmed cases in the Hawkeye State. Many people don’t have a clear understanding of the […]

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Study: Sanitizer Beats Soap At Cleaning Kids’ Hands

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Pediatrics’ 8-month analysis of 911 toddlers finds kids using hand sanitizer miss fewer days of school, have fewer respiratory infections Kids are adorable, but as every parent can testify, they are also adorable germ machines. Kids collect sickly germs and bacteria like Microsoft collects cash: stockpiling them in factors of ten. They trade germs with […]

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Top 5 Germiest Places of Summer

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Fun in the summer sun comes with a scary disclaimer. Hiding in plain sight are dangerous summer germs and bacteria that can be a bigger bummer than a first-degree sun burn or rain on the Fourth of July. With Americans’ favorite time of the year finally here, so are the Germs of Summer, which are […]

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Smart Hand Hygiene a Must in Fight Against Superbugs

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As certain as death and taxes, dangerous contagious bacteria and pathogens will forever be a part of our lives. And in these scary days of evolving superbugs, we need to be vigilant 24/7 in our hand hygiene practices. The sun may be setting on the 2016-17 flu and cold season, but we can hardly sleep […]

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Hand Sanitizer Celebrates Its Golden Anniversary

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The nursing student was searching for a formula that could provide near instantaneous cleansing of an environment where there is no time to find a sink and wash with soap and warm water. The young aspiring RN knew that such a solution could be a lifeline for hospitals and doctor’s office, where 24/7, non-stop caring […]

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Fighting Back Against Dirty Hands

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2016 Healthy Hands Survey shows more people than ever practicing smart hand hygiene. We all know that clean hands save lives, but many of us don’t take seriously just how many lives dirty hands take each year. The Centers For Disease Control estimates 1.8 million children under the age of 5 die each year from […]

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RSV: Spring’s Pesky Viral Infection

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If only respiratory viruses had an off season. Alas, even the healthiest kids and families who survived the flu season unscathed have to be aware and on alert for the viral infections of spring. The changing of the seasons ushers in a new flock of unpleasant viruses into the mainstream, including many which take direct […]

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Scientists Dig into Influenza’s Biggest Mystery

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It’s a puzzling flu riddle straight from Medicine’s X-Files: How do the smallest flu threats sometimes pack the biggest and sickliest punch? Scientists have found minor variants of flu strains not typically targeted on vaccines carry a more potent viral punch than previously realized, Medical News Today reported in early January 2016. Authors of the […]

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Seniors Face a Blizzard of Winter Health Threats

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Winter’s barrage of colds, flus and dangerous infections are a bear on everyone, but no one feels the fury of winter’s brutal elements more than senior citizens. Winter’s heavy onslaught of bacterial and viral illnesses can be particularly threatening to America’s golden generation. An alarming one third of seniors die as the result of infectious […]

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The Flu Truth: Separating Influenza Fact from Fiction

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For all we’ve learned about the influenza virus over the last 100 years, there still is so much we don’t know about the dastardly flu bug. And outside of the medical community and the front lines of the fight against influenza, America’s common knowledge of the flu, how it works and how it’s transmitted might […]

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How To Pass The Back-To-School Germ Test

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Back To School markers, crayons and Trapper Keepers? Check. New clothes and backpacks? Got them. But what about a winning plan that will allow your kiddos to beat the back-to-school germs? Parents’ back-to-school planning isn’t complete until they have a smart game plan to keep their favorite students safe from the harmful pathogens that can […]

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Secrets to Healthy Babies & Toddlers in a Germy World

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It’s a harsh, eye-opening and alarming truth for young parents: It’s a germy world and your babies and toddlers are enthusiastically trying to explore every bacteria-soaked inch of it every day. Try as you might, it’s Mission: Impossible to try to protect your babies and toddlers from all germs and bacteria. Ever hear the story […]

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