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With the historical news of the death of Osama bin Laden announced last Sunday, I want to first start this blog with a moment of thanks to the unknown men and women who sacrificed their well-being in order to protect the world from global terrorism.

Terrorism goes beyond borders similar to diseases and bacteria.  Today’s post is about highlighting a new research study about how soap dispenser may be another source where terrorizing bacteria can contaminate our hands and passed to secondary surfaces – even after we thoroughly washed our hands.

Washing your hands is universally known as the number one thing you can do to prevent the transmission of potential pathogens. Of course, we know (and maybe even work with) people who still can’t understand to regularly wash their hands, especially after using the restroom. Totally unacceptable and just gross like the hematoma on Mark Hominick last Saturday at UFC 129.  For the record, the doctor in that match should have called the fight once that hematoma swelled bigger than his nose. But that is another topic.

In the study mentioned above about washing your hands with contaminated soap, Carrie Zapka from GOJO Industries in Akron Ohio and her colleagues found that there are huge health risks associated with contaminated soap dispenser. Most facilities do not typically clean the actual soap dispenser. Traditionally soap is just poured into the empty ones or just replace with bar soap (totally worse!). You can learn more about this study and get those fun biostatistics stuff here: http://aem.asm.org/cgi/content/full/77/9/2898

In short, I just wanted you to be informed and know that just because one terrorist is down, there are many other “terrorizing pathogens” around, especially in those soap dispensers.

God bless