Thursday, July 17 2014 9:49 AM EDT2014-07-17 13:49:05 GMT
The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16thStreet in Columbus. Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan has identified the 62-year-old victim but saysMore >>
The body of a homeless man was found Tuesday morning on the railroad tracks near Fifth Avenue and 16thStreet in Columbus.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:27 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:27:08 GMT
The College Career Ready Performance Index or CCRPI starts measuring students in kindergarten and follows them to their senior year of high school.More >>
The College Career Ready Performance Index or CCRPI starts measuring students in kindergarten and follows them to their senior year of high school, determining how well-equipped they are to succeed in higher education and finding a good job.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:21 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:21:03 GMT
Goodwill is providing another convenient way for community members to donate by opening a new donation center in the Starmount Shopping Plaza.More >>
Goodwill is providing another convenient way for community members to donate by opening a new donation center in the Starmount Shopping Plaza. The grand opening takes place at the new location at 2501 Buena Vista Road on Friday, July 25 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. More >>
Posted by Justin Matthews / Tucson News Now intern
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - People try to avoid germs by washing their hands and applying sanitizer, but a recent study shows that this common practice prevents only a small fraction of spreading bacteria.
University of Arizona Microbiologist Dr. Charles Gerba has been finding germs that make us sick in places that are much less obvious than at gas pumps and bowls of nuts in a bar.
Dr. Gerba found that about one-third of women's purses are infected with fecal matter.
Many women put their purses on the floor in bathrooms then place them on surfaces around utensils and food.
"They just picked up everything on the restroom floor and moved it to their kitchen countertop where they're going to make a meal," said Dr. Gerba.
Women's accessories are not the only items that can spread bacteria. Men's wallets are dirty culprits as well.
"You're sitting on it all day, very close to body temperature which a lot of bacteria like to grow at," said Gerba.
If a man does not wash his hands as often as he should, his wallet is even dirtier than the average man's wallet, says Tucsonan John Shotts.
When comparing men and women, who has the germiest desk?
Dr. Gerba says that women tend to have germier desks than men because they tend to eat at their desks more often.
"The average desk in an office has about 200 times more bacteria than a toilet seat because people clean toilet seats, but apparently they don't clean their desk," said Gerba.
Dr. Gerba's team put a virus that cannot infect people on one person's hand to see how bad it really is when an employee goes into work sick. They sent that person into an office from the front door and went all around the workplace.
"We found, within four hours, one person could contaminate 50 percent of the surfaces and the viruses showed up on 50 percent of the other people's hands," said Gerba.
Many offices, malls, and restaurants use refillable soap dispensers that ironically do the exact opposite of cleaning your hands.
You can get up to 10 million bacteria just in a few drops of liquid soap coming out of refillable dispensers that never get cleaned out, says Gerba.
"You're putting more fecal bacteria on your hands than was in the toilet after you flushed it," Gerba said.
The same problem could arise at home if people keep refilling old dispensers. But if you do not yet have the "heebie-jeebies," there is still one more place where Gerba found the ickiest germs.
Gerba says candy bowls almost always get fecal bacteria in them over time. This is due to the same reason nut bowls at bars are so germ-infested. It's bad enough that people put their unwashed hands in the bowl, but when they're indecisive about which candy they want, they sort through the bowl and touch all the candies to find that perfect one.
If you use reusable grocery bags, and never wash them, Dr. Gerba has a message for you.
He tested a few and found some pretty disgusting germs, including fecal bacteria.
"How they get germy is you put meat products in here and they leak. They get liquids in here and the bacteria will grow in these. And in our interviews only three percent of the people we talked to ever admitted they ever washed one of these reusable bags," Gerba said.
And leave the bags in a warm place, like your car, and Dr. Gerba says it's like the germs are in an incubator.
Gerba recommends using the cotton bags that you can throw in the washer every time you use them.
He says some of the other bags have to be hand-washed or they fall apart, and he doesn't think very many people will want to hand-wash the bags every time they use them.
Speaking of groceries, many of us love the convenience of self-checkout.
Gerba's crew decided to check out the self-checkout touchscreens.
What they found could take your appetite away.
"We found not only fecal bacteria on a lot of them, we also found MRSA which cause skin infections and C. difficile (Clostridium difficile) which causes diarrhea," Gerba said.
Many grocery stores provide disinfectant wipes so we can clean the grocery cart.
You might consider using one on your hands after you touch the self-checkout screen.
Dr. Gerba's most important tip: Wash your hands. Frequently.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:01 AM EDT2014-07-22 12:01:37 GMT
By all accounts, the owners of A&K Thrift Mall on Highway 280 are upstanding and outstanding people. That's why everyone seems surprised by their decision to close up shop and lock out its vendors. PhenixMore >>
A sudden business closing leaves folks in east Alabama upset and unemployed. Tonight for the first time we are hearing from the owners of the thrift mall. News Leader Nine first brought you the story of A&K Thrift Mall in Phenix City locking up without notice.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:26 AM EDT2014-07-22 10:26:05 GMT
On Monday, July 21 at approximately 12:50 p.m., the Opelika Police Department received a call of a gunshot victim in the 500 block of Edmon Avenue. More >>
On Monday, July 21 at approximately 12:50 p.m., the Opelika Police Department received a call of a gunshot victim in the 500 block of Edmon Avenue. Upon arrival, they located a juvenile male suffering from a gunshot wound.More >>
Radar Radars are machines that use beams (or pulses) of radiation (radio waves) to detect different kinds of precipitation (rain, snow, hail, etc.). Doppler radar allows a radar to detect not only precipitation,More >>
Radars are machines that use beams (or pulses) of radiation (radio waves) to detect different kinds of precipitation (rain, snow, hail, etc.).More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:58 AM EDT2014-07-22 09:58:11 GMT
A judge denied bond for a woman accused of conspiring to murder her husband more than 10 years ago. Rebecca Smith Haynie was arrested last month, accused of asking another man to shoot Kirby Smith as he More >>
A judge denied bond for a woman accused of conspiring to murder her husband more than 10 years ago. Rebecca Smith Haynie was arrested last month, accused of asking another man to shoot Kirby Smith as he worked in his garage. More >>