May 18, 2009

ALL THE ADVANCEMENT IN MEDICINE IS JUST HYGIENE, NUTRITION, AND VACCINES:

Washing kids' hands can keep everyone healthy: Children are thought to transfer their illnesses to older children and adults. (Shari Roan, May 18, 2009, LA Times)

Scientists at the Cochrane Library, which reviews research results, looked at 51 studies of ways to contain respiratory virus epidemics. Frequent hand washing; using gloves, gowns and masks with filtration; and isolating sick people were all found to be effective. But children's hygiene had the biggest effect.

One large study involved 4,332 children in Pakistan. Those who washed their hands several times a day with soap had 50% fewer episodes of respiratory illness than children with standard hygiene practices. Another study found those who used alcohol hand gels plus hand washing had a 43% lower absenteeism rate.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 18, 2009 7:09 AM
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