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Henrico, VA—Parking has become a larger problem at the Staples Mill Amtrak Station over the past few months; we shared reports of cars clogging the parking lot back in March. Now, a solution may be inMore >>
Parking has become a larger problem at the Staples Mill Amtrak Station over the past few months; we shared reports of cars clogging the parking lot back in March. Now, a solution may be in sight...More >>
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(ABC News)--Allana Maiden wanted her mother to feel beautiful again after she'd undergone a radical mastectomy. But Victoria's Secret, the company she hoped would design sexy lingerie for women who'veMore >>
Allana Maiden wanted her mother to feel beautiful again after she'd undergone a radical mastectomy. But Victoria's Secret, the company she hoped would design sexy lingerie for women who've had breast cancer surgery, has rejected her appeal for a "survivor line" of bras...More >>
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RICHMOND, Va - Frederick "Toots" Hibbert, frontman for the legendary reggae band The Maytals, was hospitalized in Richmond, VA for injuries sustained while performing at the Dominion Riverrock festivalMore >>
A Henrico County teen has been charged with assaulting the leader of the reggae band Toots and the Maytals during Saturday's Riverrock festival.More >>
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(ABC News)--Jennifer Bathgate, a mother of three boys, is called "Cake-zilla" by her husband. Bathgate's elaborate, over-the-top cakes for her sons' birthdays and celebrations have featured everythingMore >>
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(ABC News)--In this season of the flu and other bugs like the norovirus, people are constantly told that the best and first lines of defense are hand sanitizers and soaps to get rid of as many as 400,000 germs (per hand) that travel with us every day.
But with so many choices on the drugstore shelf, what works best?
ABC News' Chief Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser, along with six
graduate students from the University of Maryland, put them to the test
in the university's Food Safety Lab. They started by deliberately
coating their hands with a lab liquid with thousands of E. coli bacteria
-- a harmless strain. Then they got down to testing, pressing their
hands to petri dishes before and after each trial, and then putting the
dishes in an incubator for two days to watch the bacteria grow.
Hand sanitizers, those little bottles people use at times when they
can't get to a sink, were tried first. The key with a hand sanitizer is
to use enough of it. Coat the front and back of your hands, getting
them wet enough that they take at least 15 seconds to dry.
We tested one sanitizer with 60 percent alcohol and one labeled
"natural," containing no alcohol. The results were dramatic: the
alcohol-based sanitizer showed dramatically fewer bacteria colonies in
the petri dishes than the samples taken before the sanitizer was used.
The non-alcohol sanitizer's results were not as good. Alcohol-based
sanitizers work because alcohol breaks up bacterial proteins, and kills
What about plain old soap? We tried both regular and antibacterial
soap. We found they were about equally effective, and the CDC says
they're about the same at preventing illness. But though the soaps
might be about the same, It's how you use them that's crucial.
Studies show most of us only spend five seconds at the sink -- and
that's not enough. When we tested a five-second wash, the petri dish
samples from before and after washing looked virtually the same. You
have to wash your hands for a full 20 seconds to really get the bugs off
(to make sure you're washing for 20 seconds, sing "Happy Birthday" to
When it comes to fighting bacteria, hand sanitizers work well if you
can't get to a sink. Look for one with at least 60 percent alcohol. But
washing with any kind of soap is your best option. Soap not only does as
well on bacteria as sanitizer, it gets more viruses too -- as long as
you wash for long enough.