February 22, 2012

Rubbing Out Germs, Literally

1 The Keys to Flu-Avoidance Hand Washing

Health professionals recommend frequent hand washing during flu and cold season, which we’re in, but those who've researched the subject contend there are good and bad ways to cleanse your mitts. The rules: Use soap, and work up a lather; it's the friction of vigorously rubbing your hands together that really gets them clean. The water needn't be hot -- in fact, the temperature required to kill bacteria would seriously scald you -- but warm water does incline people to give it the full 10 seconds of thorough washing you need to be effective. And finish with a good 10 seconds of robust hand drying with a towel, essential for scouring the last remaining germs from your skin. (And just one more argument against those hot air blow driers.) The cleaner the towel, of course, the better.

More at Yourlife.usatoday.com | Posted 6 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Common Foods That Treat Cold and Flu

Tags: Colds and Flu, Flu and Cold Season, Personal Hygiene, Cold Prevention, Flu Prevention, Hand Washing, Avoiding Germs, Anti-Bacteria

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Snickers Taking a Cue from Twix

2 Snickers 2toGo: Mars Says You Can Save One

Mars is fulfilling its promise to Michelle Obama to reduce calories of their Snickers bars by betting that consumers can exercise their own portion control. When you buy a new Snickers 2toGo, you'll get two smaller Snickers bars, each weighing in at 220 calories. The former king-sized Snickers had 510 calories total. Mars has promised not to ship any chocolate candy with more than 250 calories per portion by the end of 2013, but the new packaging relies on a consumer either sharing or having the willpower to save one for later. Washington Post reporter Jennifer LaRue Huget writes that she supposes that it's "a bit easier to resist eating the second half of a Snickers bar if it’s already been separated into two discrete servings." Do you agree, or is this the Twix problem all over again?

More at Washington Post | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Previously: Mars Chocolate to Reduce Calories by 2013

Tags: Mars Lowing Portion Sizes, Mars Pledge Reduce Calories, Snickers Portion Control, Reducing Calories Mars, Mars 250 Calorie Promise, Mars Obama Pledge

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Angry Parents Make Angry Tots

3 Toddlers' Tantrums Tied to Angry Parents

Data looking at 361 families found that nine-, 18- and 27-month old toddlers were more likely to have temper tantrums when their adoptive parents got angry easily when they screwed up or pushed their boundaries. Toddlers that had the most problems at 24 months experienced the greatest increases in negative emotions between 9 months and 27 months, leading researchers to conclude that emotions have a development process of their own that affect future behavior. Researchers also observed that toddlers who were adopted by parents that did not react so quickly with angry still had a tendency towards tantrums if they inherited a gene linked to negative emotionality from their birth moms but concluded that behavior was very important in helping kids change their behavior.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Disturbed Babies Have Behavioral Problems Later On

Tags: Anger, Behavior, Toddlers, Temper Tantrums, Parenting, Childhood Development, Nature Versus Nurture

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