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PostPosted: Tue Nov 04, 2008 12:37 pm 
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This report's interesting .... but enough to make you wish for the Hygiene Hypothesis:

Women's Hands Home to More Types of Germs
But all palms contain 100 times the bacteria assumed, scientists say
Posted November 4, 2008

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

TUESDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Women's hands have a veritable United Nations of germs compared to men's, a new study finds.

But both genders house vastly more bacteria on their palms than previously suspected, according to a new study from University of Colorado researchers that appears in this week's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The information may enable scientists to figure out what a "healthy" level of bacteria is, diagnose diseases more precisely, and perhaps even get advance warning that something is going wrong.

"The findings of the last few decades suggest that many diseases are due to many organisms, and it's the concerted change that leads to disease," noted Robert E. Marquis, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

rest of article: http://health.usnews.com/articles/healt ... germs.html

p.s. If anyone needs me, I'll be in the loo, washing my hands.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:15 am 
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Does this support the idea that women generally multi-task more than men? (AKA housework, cooking, diapering, working, etc) Wonder if their study included Mr. Moms too to see if this applies to them? :wink:

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