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How to reduce the transmission of diseases from pets to humans

On Saturday, I wrote about One Health Day. I hadn’t heard of it before, but it’s a global campaign that recognizes the close connection between the health of people, animals, and the environment and the role this connection plays in the spread of diseases. Several times, I’ve written that people shouldn’t allow pets to sleep in bed with them. Read more →


Are you and your home as safe as they can be from fires?

Today is the last day of Fire Prevention Week. I almost didn’t write anything because it upsets me so much every time I learn about a death in a fire. I’ve been writing about it for years. And, I’m not the only one. Still, deaths keep happening. From 2012 to 2021, the 10-year trend in the fire death rate per million population increased 18 percent in the United States. Read more →


Top things parents should know about infant sleep and infant products

By Michele Barry, president, Safe Infant Sleep, Guest author. It’s Baby Safety Month, a good time to review the new recommendations for infant sleep. Safe Infant Sleep was founded in June 2020 after members in a Facebook support group realized how little support and evidence-based information caregivers were receiving about safe sleep. Read more →


Peloton and safety agency finally agree on repair for recalled Peloton treadmills

Remember when 125,000 Peloton Tread+ treadmills were recalled after the death of a child and dozens of incidents of children, pets, and objects being pulled under the rear roller? The CPSC and Peloton have finally agreed on a rear guard repair for the recalled Tread+ treadmill. It eliminates possible entrapment near the treadmill’s rear roller. Read more →


What happens when your doctor or vet’s office gets purchased by a private equity firm

On Saturday, I received a strange email. It said it was from Gastro Health and a new lab result had been entered into my patient portal from my Gastro Health provider. To access my lab results, I was to go to my patient portal. I thought it was a scam. I haven’t had a test done recently related to my digestive system. Read more →


A suggestion on National Pet Day: Don’t let your pets sleep in your bed

As a researcher, I was surprised several years ago when I ran across a study on pets that are allowed to sleep in their owners’ beds. It found E.coli, a bacteria that can cause illness, on the pillows, sheets, and blankets. The CDC recommends taking precautions to help reduce the risk of getting sick from germs pet can carry. Read more →


Readers suggest donating textile items to homeless and animal shelters, Free The Girls, and ReTold

Recently, I wrote about where to donate clothes you no longer want to wear, including those that are worn out. I listed the usual locations – Goodwill and the Salvation Army – and donating to retailers such as H&M. I also reported on what environmentalists have to say about the huge amount of clothing that ends up in landfills here and overseas. Read more →


Think safety on Thanksgiving

My memories of Thanksgiving include family trips to Cashmere, Washington, to my great aunt Mable Kenyon’s home for a fabulous meal, how to go to both parents’ homes for the celebration after I was married, and my mom enjoying the Thanksgiving dinners I cooked after she was no longer able to make them. Read more →


Facts and figures for Halloween 2022

It’s Halloween, time to get the treats ready, and maybe a costume for you and the kids, too. I got a kick out of reading an article from my blog coach, J. Money at Budgets Are Sexy, on some good – and frugal costumes. Among them is static cling, wear normal clothes and safety pin socks and lint to it. Read more →