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October 30, 2007
"I agree with the caller about the Mummers Parade being held during the day. It's all about bragging rights. I listened to an Alsatia official say that it's the oldest nighttime parade east of the Mississippi. I'm more concerned about the safety of hundreds of men, women and children, traveling long distances late hours at night to get home. Being the oldest nighttime parade is nothing to brag about. Let's change it to the daytime, and brag about how great a parade it is. " - Hagerstown "I just drove from Dulles Airport to Public Square in Hagerstown.
September 25, 1998
By GUY FLETCHER / Staff Writer photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer While participating in human medical trials conducted by the U.S. Army in 1955, Byron Steele agreed to be exposed to Queensland fever, an airborne infectious disease known to incapacitate its victims for weeks. Steele, now 65 and living near Smithsburg, was one of the 2,300 members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church who volunteered for what came to be known as Operation Whitecoat, which ran from 1954 to 1973.
By KATHY MORRISEY / Special to The Herald-Mail | April 5, 2010
What's the best defense against germs? Soap and water. It sounds simple, but washing your hands thoroughly and frequently is the single best way to protect your body from germs that cause infection. Wash your hands after coughing, sneezing or using the rest room, and before preparing or eating food at a minimum. When soap and water aren't readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. In addition to keeping your hands clean, there are other important steps you can take to protect your body from infections.
January 23, 2013
Being a guy, I have taken a number of guy-endorsed precautions to guard against the flu. For example, until further notice, the five-second rule governing the edibility of food that has hit the floor had been modified into a three-second rule. There are other important things we do as well, such as putting our computer keyboard in the dishwasher. We have imperfect understandings of whether or not microwaves kill germs, but it never hurts to try. But as a teen, I remember we lived by similar “sanitation of convenience” rules that mostly involved self-imposed solitary confinement.
By JANET HEIM | October 20, 2008
For Cosmetology Level 1 students at Washington County Technical High School, familiar tools of the trade might be scissors, styling products and a comb. They traded those tools in for something out of the chemistry lab for a recent lesson in infection control and salon ecology. Instructor Marie Bikle had her students take cultures of a variety of surfaces, including the students' work stations in their classroom, door knobs and their shoes. The petri dish germ farms were allowed to grow three to five days, then observed.
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | October 30, 2006
Every office has one: The unfortunate soul who spends the shift continually sneezing, and coughing into a tissue - or, worse, in his bare hands - at his desk. This is the same guy you hope has not recently borrowed your stapler, used your telephone or touched your keyboard. Local health officials said this is the guy who probably should have called in sick. When it comes to avoiding workplace illnesses, hand sanitizer isn't the only line of defense. Some of the burden goes to the ones doing the coughing and sneezing.
By DAN DEARTH | | April 9, 2011
The carnage that was caused by weapons introduced during the American Civil War forced doctors to make advances in medicine that might have taken another 25 years to develop had the conflict not been fought. "In many ways, the battlefield was the birthplace of modern emergency medicine," said George Wunderlich, executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., who also oversees the Pry House Field Hospital Museum on Antietam National Battlefield.
By ALICIA NOTARIANNI | | December 17, 2010
"Zip your coat. Put that hat on your head. You're gonna catch a cold. " Rare is the mother who hasn't uttered these words during the rush out the door. Shirlee Imes, 55, of Hagerstown, certainly has. She is the mother of 11. If she doesn't stand guard at the door, Imes said, one of her children inevitably tries to sneak out in just a sweatshirt. Excuses abound. "It's not cool to wear a heavy coat. " "They don't give us enough locker space to put our coat and backpack in. " "I'll miss my bus if I have to go back to my locker to get my coat.
by Lisa Tedrick Prejean | March 17, 2006
On a recent airline flight, my 7-year-old could barely wait until the pilot turned off the "fasten seatbelts" sign so she could move about the cabin and check out the unique features in the standing-room-only restroom. Being the protective mother that I am, I accompanied her down the aisle and waited outside the door until she was finished. "Did you wash your hands?" I asked when she opened the door. The flight attendant smiled knowingly at the question. My daughter nodded.
by TIFFANY ARNOLD | December 29, 2005 People spoke of lining the toilet seat with tissue. Some said they used their feet to flush when they finished. "Ugh. Don't touch anything," said Leslie Flynn, 25, of Hagerstown. "Or avoid it entirely. " No matter how clean they look (or smell), public bathrooms generally call for some form of tactical strategy. Health officials make it clear that even the cleanest looking bathrooms are fertile ground for germs. The Baltimore-based American Restroom Association says there's no excuse for restroom drama.
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