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2008-07-14 09:00:14

By Charles Duhigg A few years ago, a self-described "militant liberal" named Val Curtis decided that it was time to save millions of children from death and disease. So Curtis, an anthropologist then living in Burkina Faso, contacted some of the world's largest multinational corporations and asked them, in effect, to teach her how to manipulate consumer habits worldwide. Curtis, now the director of the Hygiene Center at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, had spent years...

2008-07-03 15:00:41

By Gareth Rose DOCTORS and consultants are failing to wash their hands, causing problems for health chiefs trying to hit Scottish Government targets aimed at protecting patients. NHS Lothian wants them to follow the lead set by nurses who have proven themselves far more vigilant with hand hygiene. The practice is growing in importance in Scotland, particularly after an outbreak of the superbug C Diff at the Vale of Leven Hospital caused nine deaths and played a part in nine more....

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2007-12-19 19:15:54

If you don't want to fall ill this Christmas, then share a festive kiss but don't shake hands The fight against all types of infections, from colds and flu to stomach bugs and MRSA, begins at home, with good hand hygiene, says first review of hand hygiene in the community We've all heard people say 'I won't kiss you, I've got a cold'. But a report just published warns that we may be far more at risk of passing on an infection by shaking someone's hand than in sharing a kiss. A group of...

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2005-09-21 16:05:00

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Ninety-one percent of American adults say they always wash their hands after using public restrooms. But just 83 percent actually did so, according to a separate observational study. These results were among those released by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA), during a press conference highlighting National Clean Hands Week. Both groups have used surveys over the years to help highlight a vital public health...

2005-07-14 18:05:00

LONDON -- Washing hands with soap can halve the number of young children suffering from pneumonia, the leading killer of youngsters under 5 years old worldwide. It can also greatly reduce cases of diarrhea and the skin infection impetigo, scientists said on Friday. Although it may seem simple and logical, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta have shown improved hygiene could save many lives, particularly in poor countries. "One of the things that this research...


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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'