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Tried and true home workout routine using dumbells, a single kettlebell and pullup bar?

Tried and true home workout routine using dumbells, a single kettlebell and pullup bar?

Amount of exercise: Start slow and combine, aerobic, strength and flexibility. Start with three exercises per day at at least 12 reps and add additional exercise every few days. ...Read more

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Picked up an old piece of chicken from last night's dinner off the floor today. Will washing my hands remove all harmful bacteria?

Picked up an old piece of chicken from last night's dinner off the floor today. Will washing my hands remove all harmful bacteria?

Low risk and yes: The chance of contamination with anything serious is extremely low. And even the most virulent and dangerous germs are immediately killed by soap and water. Don't worry about it. ...Read more

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I walked in urine then stood on bag picked up the bag can you get hiv.On the way home shoes touched floor of car dropped phone on floor next day. Hiv?

I walked in urine then stood on bag picked up the bag can you get hiv.On the way home shoes touched floor of car dropped phone on floor next day. Hiv?

HIV is Hard To Get: Where does it say you can get HIV this way? There is nothing in your story about a sexual contact directly or a blood to blood exposure. No, as you very well know, you cannot get HIV casually. You are smarter than this. ...Read more

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Can a cloth contaminate another cloth? For example put clean Shirts in my couch(i sit with dirty clothes), or sit with my dirty pants on a clean cloth

Can a cloth contaminate another cloth? For example put clean Shirts in my couch(i sit with dirty clothes), or sit with my dirty pants on a clean cloth

It's all dirty...: Dirt is everywhere. I bet these types of things routinely cause you great stress and anxiety. You should talk to your doctor about possible OCD. There are medicines and therapies that can help reduce stress in these situations. http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/obssessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd.htm ...Read more

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Does steel plate in arm show up on an airport metal detector?

Does steel plate in arm show up on an airport metal detector?

Yes: You need to be hand screened -- and remember to tell them when you arrive. It will set them off -- and that will just delay you. You will be hand-screened or searched. The microwave technology does not do a good job determining what the metal plate or orthopedic device is, although it is getting better. ...Read more

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I use a tonne of washing up liquid when washing up and usually do about 4 squirts is washing up liquid dangerous to health?

Should be ok....: The amount you use should be ok. If you are talking about hand washing dishes, you may want to use good gloves to protect your skin and avoid overly drying your hands and nails. Also, this allows you to use hotter water for rinsing. It is important to make sure the dishes are well rinsed ...Read more

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Also I sit at my dining room table to ck pressure, with arm straight out and palm up but still not sure doing it correctly. cuff too tight too loose ?

Also I sit at my dining room table to ck pressure,  with arm straight out and palm up but still not sure doing it correctly. cuff too tight too loose ?

Read the instruction: Your BP cuff/monitor should have come with instructions. If you've lost them, there are probably some available online. Generally speaking, what you have described should be fine for getting a BP reading. The BP cuff should be snug on your arm. Hopefully that helps. ...Read more

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From canada my bf used 2 kleenez not bare hands to pick up dead baby bird and dispose.Than carried in groceries without washing hands. Contamination?

Germs are everywher: Germs are everywhere, I would not expect that the two of you were going to eat off of those grocery bags. With food preparation and refrigeration your bacterial burden is usually reduced significantly. I wouldn't be any more concerned about this ,that if you went outside and played in the yard and came in and ate dinner without washing your hands. The normal human body has a great immune system. ...Read more

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Woke up drenched - changed, opened window and slept under a sheet (w t & boxers). It got down to 60F outside. Woke up cold (not shivering). Dangerous?

Woke up drenched - changed, opened window and slept under a sheet (w t & boxers). It got down to 60F outside. Woke up cold (not shivering). Dangerous?

No, not unless...: It's not dangerous to wake up sweaty, if due to sleeping in a hot room. It's not dangerous to sleep with the windows open unless one lives in a dangerous neighborhood. Whether one uses one sheet or two, or boxers or briefs, is not dangerous. It's not dangerous to wake up cold, if sleeping in a cold room. But, if the room is fine, and one gets chills and sweats, there may be an illness going on. ...Read more

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I had on gloves when I picked up a unused glove and bandaid then I noticed that the glove was on the floor again picked it up with no glove HIV risk?

I had on gloves when I picked up a unused glove and bandaid then I noticed that the glove was on the floor again picked it up with no glove HIV risk?

Stop worrying: Especially if you're working in a health care setting, you need to get over these unrealistic fears of HIV. It's simply not transmitted by this kind of contact when there's no skin breaking and no exchange of body fluids. This isn't even a hepatitis B risk and this is thousands of times more transmissible. You owe it to yourself and those around you to contain these fears. ...Read more

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How protective are latex or rubber gloves when cleaning? Do I need to double up gloves when wiping up blood?

How protective are latex or rubber gloves when cleaning? Do I need to double up gloves when wiping up blood?

Yes: IF the gloves stay intact, they are excellent protection for cleaning. But I have had many gloves with small(or large) tears in them during a job. How about you? Double gloving is very wise when cleaning biohazards. ...Read more

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Will a support belt or brace keep my low back safe when I lift at work?

Will a support belt or brace keep my low back safe when I lift at work?

No!: Elastic support belts or braces do not keep you safe when doing heavy lifting at work. Only your brain keeps you safe. These belts and braces only serve as a "reminder" to be safe. Relying on them for support and safety is a common mistake that often leads to back issues. Rely on them only as a reminder tool. ...Read more

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Shoulder acting frozen but had to carry heavy bag on vacation. Just locked it and picked up and lugged. Any risk?

Shoulder acting frozen but had to carry heavy bag on vacation. Just locked it and picked up and lugged. Any risk?

Rotator cuff tendons: You probably have tendonits of the rotator cuff. Conservative treatment is best tried after an examination of the area. Until then ice and Ibuprofen woudl be helpful if not contraindicated for you. ...Read more

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Ideal way to clean and store a toothbrush? In college dorm. Keep it in container but gets dirty often. Hard to clean all dirt out.

Ideal way to clean and store a toothbrush? In college dorm.  Keep it in container but gets dirty often.  Hard to clean all dirt out.

Toothbrush storage: After a thorough rinse with tap water. Store it out in the open or select a large-enough travel case. Use a toothbrush Sanitizers. Change your toothbrush every 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Worried our renovated condo with all new furniture is a toxic waste dump! How can I speed up off gassing?

Worried our renovated condo with all new furniture is a toxic waste dump! How can I speed up off gassing?

Fans/windows: It is best to run fans and open windows as much as possible to help rid your indoor air of these volatile organic compounds that are in new materials. You can also by portable air filters that specifically remove volatile organic compounds. ...Read more