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The Surprising Benefits of Air Purifiers

Janet Miller | Posted 07.25.2016 | HuffPost Home
Janet Miller

Here are several surprising benefits of air purifiers I have noticed after purchasing and using an air purifier/ionizer for the last few years. The best air purifier for you is usually not that hard to find with some basic research.

The 5 Dirtiest Places In Your Kitchen

Grandparents.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.02.2016 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Refrigerator drawers The vegetable and meat compartments in the fridge took the top two germiest spots in the NSF's 2013 study. M...

No, You Can't Have a Sip

Teresa Carlton | Posted 05.24.2016 | Comedy
Teresa Carlton

Kids are gross. They are precious gifts who bring a joy you never knew existed, but they are disgusting. Have you seen children brush their teeth? It basically entails making faces in the mirror while they lick bubble gum-flavored toothpaste off a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toothbrush.

Don't Tell Me, 'We've Been Up All Night Vomiting...'

Jami J. Amerine M.Ed. | Posted 04.07.2016 | Parents
Jami J. Amerine M.Ed.

I address vomit in my manuscript. Two to three chapters are dedicated to my contempt for the stomach bug, and I know I am supposed to save a lot of my material for the book, but oh well. The first publisher I met with asked me who my target audience was. I said, "Moms who hate the stomach bug."

Why You Aren't Losing When I'm Winning: Zapping the Zero Sum Virus

Miriam Ava | Posted 02.22.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

And isn't it funny that zapping the zero sum virus happens through love, not war. See for yourself. Play with joy. Share with your friends and family. Let it ripple outward. The power to transform things has been in us all along. It's time to appreciate it.

9 Truly Disgusting Things That Don't Bother Little Kids

Melissa Sher | Posted 02.02.2016 | Parents
Melissa Sher

Thanks to their natural curiosity and being positioned so freakishly close to the ground, little kids are constantly getting into (or trying to get into) gross things.

Do You Really Need To Wash Your Hands After Going To The Bathroom?

U.S. News & World Report | Erin Schumaker | Posted 01.26.2016 | Healthy Living

Peer pressure: It's a bad thing among vaping teens, but can work wonders among health-conscious adults. Take a 2009 study finding that post-potty hand...

Tiny Quantum Dots May Spell Doom For Deadly Superbug Infections

The Huffington Post | David Freeman | Posted 01.20.2016 | Science

Does nanotechnology hold the key to stopping antibiotic-resistant bacteria and the deadly infections they cause? Scientists in Colorado think it just ...

Your Phone Is A Bacteria Breeding Ground. Here's How To Clean It.

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 01.11.2016 | Healthy Living

Maybe you've heard that your cell phone screen is dirtier than a toilet seat. Maybe you've decided that ignorance is bliss. The truth of the matter is...

Does Rinsing Fruit Before You Eat It Actually Do Anything?

SELF | Posted 12.21.2015 | Taste
SELF

Of course we all know that we're supposed to wash fruits and vegetables before we eat them. But how much can just rinsing under the tap really do?

5 things you can do to keep yourself & your family healthy through the holidays

Katerina Pozzi Baratta | Posted 12.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Katerina Pozzi Baratta

The lights are up, candles are lit, music is playing. Delicious smells are wafting through your house and presents are piling up. The holidays a...

This Is What's Living In New York City's Subways

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 11.30.2015 | Science

A stunning new portrait series reveals an up-close glimpse of the germs growing in New York City's subway cars. Brooklyn-based artist Craig Ward rode ...

Germs on a Plane! It Pays to Be a Total Hypochondriac

Map Happy | Posted 11.11.2015 | Travel
Map Happy

I think morphing into germaphobe is just something that comes with the territory... the territory of an airplane. I'm generally pretty relaxed (thoug...

Sugar, School and Your Child's Immunity

Irene Ross | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Irene Ross

School's back in session and your child has gone from two months of fresh air, regular exercise, relaxation and recreation to an indoor classroom packed with new kids to meet, coughs, sneezes, intense concentration, tests, and homework.

The Very Specific Reason Why Children Freak Me Out

Tam Warner Minton | Posted 09.03.2015 | Fifty
Tam Warner Minton

Children freak me out. Now, I don't mean they freak me out in general. They freak me out for very specific reasons. Those reasons have to do with my husband, who had a Double Lung Transplant almost two years ago.

Why the Beach Is So Much Grosser Than You Thought

Health.com | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Health.com

With all the news reports -- about everything from shark activity to "flesh-eating" bacteria -- the ocean is getting a lot of nasty press this summer. But, actually, it may be the sand that's the ickier part of the beach, according to a new study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.

When Does the 5-Second Rule Really Count?

Dr. Darria Long Gillespie | Posted 07.14.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Darria Long Gillespie

Germs are everywhere, and at last check, wrapping a bubble around your child was frowned upon. In fact, children rely on exposure to some germs for immune system development. So, when can you "5-second-rule" it, and what calls for a total-body bath?

3 Gross Reasons You Shouldn't Wear Shoes In The House

Grandparents.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 07.11.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM How many times have you opened the door after being outside and walked through your house with your shoes on? Hundreds of times...

Good News, Chicago! You Can Safely Smooch The Stanley Cup

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living

"You might as well slurp the handrail of an airport escalator, lick a bathroom door or eat soup out of a rented bowling shoe," CBS Chicago columnist D...

Summertime: The Perfect Time to Vaccinate

Aileen M. Marty | Posted 05.25.2016 | Healthy Living
Aileen M. Marty

Prevention is not only the least expensive form of medicine and the healthiest, it is also the friendliest and most neighborly. Be a good neighbor and enjoy your summer -- get vaccinated.

5 Things You Should Know About Your Mattress

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Ellen Breslau | Posted 03.20.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com If you’re someone who loves to sleep, your bed might be the most important piece of furniture in your house. And e...

The 7 Germiest Items You Probably Touch Every Single Day

2013-02-21-grandparentslogo.jpg | Linda Rodgers | Posted 03.12.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Grandparents.com You expect germs to lurk in the obvious places—the toilet bowl, the trashcans, the floors. But there’s a slew of ...

Nope, You Can't Get A Cold From Going Outside With Wet Hair

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 02.25.2015 | Healthy Living

The question: Can I really catch a cold just from going outside with wet hair? The answer: No doubt you've heard this one before -- probably from M...

The Germiest Places On Your Trip

SmarterTravel | Posted 04.22.2015 | Travel
SmarterTravel

We have a higher chance of getting sick while traveling than in daily life. That's because shared spaces and tight quarters are germ havens for colds, flus, and worse. So what's an aspiring healthy traveler to do? Know the danger zones, and act quickly to neutralize the threat. Oh, and think twice before touching that hotel remote.

This Will Make You Want To Wash Your Hands And Boil Everything

Posted 03.09.2015 | Healthy Living

Unless you live in a plastic bubble, germs and bacteria are on every surface you touch. Apparently, even washing your hands promises very little prote...