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No Need to Shave the World: Why Your Beard Is Not a Problem in the Age of COVID

3 Apr 2020

In 1843 a letter to the editor entitled “The growth of the beard medically considered” published in the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal argued that beards were medicinally beneficial, and that ...

Listerine is a Mouthwash, Not An Antiviral Drug

2 Apr 2020

Can gargling with Listerine be of any help in reducing the risk of coronavirus infection? That is one of the numerous questions that has been raised by the increasing army of straw-clutchers. After...

Liquid or Bar? Soapy Tales

6 Mar 2020

Never has “Happy Birthday” been sung with such frequency. Two stanzas are just about the right length of time, about twenty to thirty seconds, for a proper hand wash. And we should be washing....

Nix the Handshake and the Cheek Kiss

5 Mar 2020

The custom of double kissing on the cheek as a form of greeting has always bugged me. Microbugged me. Do we really need to punctuate an encounter by exchanging oral microbes? What’s wrong with a...

Is a "Dip and Flip" Better than a Double Dip?

27 Dec 2018

Although the study isn’t new, its message needs to be reiterated — taking a bite out of something that has already been bitten once and then dipping it into something is by no means a sanitary...

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