October 28, 2012

Thoroughness Is the Key

1 Avoid Colds with CDC’s Hand Washing Tips

Because people touch their eyes, noses and mouths an average 16 times an hour, the best defense against flu and colds is frequent vigorous hand washing, and the CDC has issued recommendations for doing so effectively: Wash briskly for at least 20 seconds, applying a lot of friction and cleaning not just your palms but between your fingers and under and around your fingernails. Water temperature isn't important, but using soap is, because it lubricates the skin and helps rub the germs off more easily. Paper towels are best for drying, with air drying second best; avoid using shared cloth towels. For more protection, apply a hand sanitizer that's at least 60 percent alcohol after washing, and let it work on the hands for a minimum of ten seconds to kill bacteria before drying.

More at Articles.chicagotribune.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Being a Parent Reduces Your Risk of Colds

Tags: Avoiding Colds, Killing Germs on Skin, Hand Washing Tips, CDC on Colds and Flu, Cold and Flu Season, Hygiene Tips

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Shutdown Number Three

2 Third Massachusetts Pharmacy Shut Down

State-wide inspections by Massachusetts health inspectors have led to a third pharmacy, Infusion Resource, being shut down after finding conditions that could compromise drug sterility. The New England Compounding Center was shut down on October 3 due to contamination of a steroid that led to fungal infections in hundreds of people and over 20 deaths. Its sister company Ameridose voluntarily shut down 16 days later. Inspectors did not find contaminated drugs, but 40 patients and their doctors were contacted and told to return any drugs made by Infusion Resource as a precautionary measure. Lauren Smith, the commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, explained the state-wide inspections were necessary to improve public safety and oversight of the industry.

More at Yahoo! Reuters | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: More Problems Found at Massachusetts Pharmacy, Poor Practices and Conditions in MA Pharmacy, More Infections Tied to Contaminated Steroids, More Fungal Infections Tied to MA Pharmacy, US Meningitis Outbreak Spreads

Tags: Compounding Pharmacies, Fungal Contamination, New England Compounding Center, Ameridose, Infusion Resource, Sterilizing Drugs, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

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