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2009-05-15 06:20:00

While officials advocate against unnecessary travel and other measures that would seemingly protect individuals from the spread of the new H1N1 virus, children's hygiene, the most important precaution is being largely ignored, Reuters reported. Tom Jefferson of the Cochrane Library accounted a review based on findings of more than 50 studies that suggested encouraging frequent and thorough hand-washing in children is most effective.  "I don't really understand why some governments are...

2009-05-12 09:13:00

Parents invent device that gets kids to want to wash their hands DALLAS, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Parents worried about their kids picking up the swine flu virus from not washing their hands enough finally have some help. Two parents who became frustrated that their kids were getting sick too often thought the reason might be that their kids didn't wash their hands enough. Those frustrations led to SOAPRISE by Soap Labs LLC, a unique device that gets kids to want to wash their hands. (Photos:...

2009-04-30 09:58:00

NSF International's Scrub Club(R) Teaches Children the Importance of Washing their Hands ANN ARBOR, Mich., April 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Concerns regarding a potential swine flu pandemic continue to surface internationally. New cases have been reported in at least ten U.S. states and eight countries. This includes a twenty-three month old toddler in Texas who died yesterday, the first reported fatality outside of Mexico. (Logo:...

2008-12-30 18:05:08

Increasingly, hand washing is believed to be the most important element of germ control, U.S. health experts say. Health professionals at LifeBridge Health in Baltimore say that something so simple as hand washing could do so much to avoid colds and flu during winter months. They advise getting an annual flu shot -- available to anyone over 6 months. A flu shot -- still available -- is recommended for those below 18 years old and over age 50. The LifeBridge Health experts advise to use the...

2008-12-16 00:57:08

Gross messages such as Poo on you, wash your hands, were effective in getting undergraduates to wash their hands more, a U.S. researcher suggests. Lead author Renee Botta of the University of Denver and colleagues posted messages in the bathrooms of two undergraduate residence halls with messages like You just peed, wash your hands, accompanied with vivid graphics and photos. The study, published in the journal Communication in Healthcare, finds the gross messages resulted in a 26 percent...

2008-12-10 09:41:00

Soap and Detergent Association, American Society for Microbiology Offer Advice on Proper Hygiene Online & Print Materials Geared for Adults and Children WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New online educational materials remind young and old alike about the health benefits of frequent and proper hand hygiene: stopping germs and illness dead in their tracks. The Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) have teamed up to produce...

2008-10-03 09:00:28

By Rebecca McQuillan ONCE upon a time, when there was no Daz Ultra, people used soap flakes to clean their laundry. Before that, they used urine. Thankfully, the quest to find ecofriendly ways of cleaning clothes has not gone (back) that far. In fact, it is at the cutting edge of technology (well, most of it). This innovative subdivision of the eco-consumer sector provides the shopper with laundry products that minimise the amount of chemical residue we're flushing into the environment...

2008-09-29 06:00:20

By William M. Welch Along with wild salmon and steelhead trout, the Pacific Northwest soon may have another endangered species: the driveway carwash. Washing your car or boat in the driveway or street is a residential ritual as American as backyard barbecues. But the state of Washington is telling its local governments they must prohibit home car washing unless residents divert the wash water away from storm drains, where they say it causes water pollution. "I understand this is...

2008-08-01 15:00:28

By Shelby Wood, The Oregonian, Portland, Ore. Aug. 1--Portlanders love doing it themselves. The DIY route often is cheaper, more original and less toxic: think backyard gardens, local microbrews and handmade crafts at Saturday Market. But when it comes to washing a car, it's better to see a professional. Oregon's rivers and streams will be healthier for it. The message runs counter to the bad rap that commercial carwashes still fight, nearly 20 years after the federal Clean Water...

2008-06-27 12:02:35

Being green and preserving our natural resources is more than just a trend nowadays - it's a way of life, so the experts at Benjamin Franklin Plumbing are offering helpful tips for local residents on how to do their part by conserving water. "Water is a precious resource and we encourage residents to know their part in preserving it," said Tab Hunter, president of Franchise Operations at Clockwork Home Services, franchisor of Benjamin Franklin Plumbing. "It's our job to not only make sure...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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