Hidden Health Dangers
The most dangerous health hazards are rarely in plain sight. Learn how to recognize the hidden dangers that surround you in your daily life.
Research shows that one in seven home kitchens would flunk a typical restaurant health inspection. Dr. Jonathan Fielding, director of public health for Los Angeles County, inspects Ori's home kitchen. Does it make the grade?
"I was very surprised [at the condition]," says Ori, whose kitchen received a C grade from Dr. Fielding. "I've got to step up my game."
Clean Kitchen Tips
• Keep the refrigerator at 41 degrees Fahrenheit to discourage bacterial proliferation.
• Drip-prone products like meat, poultry and raw fish should go on bottom shelves.
• Wash your hands immediately after touching raw meats.
• Use separate cutting boards for meats, vegetables and breads to avoid cross-contamination.
• More kitchen safety tips!
• Do you have kitchen cleaning secrets? Share them here!
Breaking a sweat at the gym is great for your body, but preparing to workout isn't entirely risk free. The Doctors correspondent Angie Greenup ambushes local gym-goers to inspect their not-so-clean bags.
To avoid germs, it is extremely important to wash your hands often. But how you dry them may be just as important.
A British study found that new, hi-tech air dryers that you slide you hands into increase the bacteria on your hands by 436 percent. Ninety-five percent of the air dryers showed evidence of Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterium that can cause a range of health problems, from skin infections to pneumonia. The study found that using paper towels can reduce bacteria by 42 percent.
"What happens is there are actually bacteria in the dryer, and it's blowing more onto your hands," Dr. Sears says.
E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork and OB/GYN Dr. Lisa Masterson put air dryers and paper towels to the test. Which will leave more bacteria?
"We're always going to have bacteria on our hands," Dr. Travis says. "You always have to be conscious of the last thing that you touched."