Dr. Allison Aiello is an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan. She has taught courses on social and life determinants of infectious diseases, antibacterial soap use and antimicrobial resistance, and the link between infections and chronic disease. Dr. Aiello believes hand hygiene is a key component of good hygiene practice in the home and community, and can produce significant benefits in terms of reducing the incidence of infection.
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Back to school means back to small and packed living quarters that will likely need more than a good sweep every now and then to keep students clean and healthy this semester. Forgetting to clean important areas of your dorm room can result in substantial health impacts because students are constantly interacting with each other […]
Picnics and barbecues are a favorite pastime during the summer. However, eating outdoors means sharing the picnic table with bugs and germs that thrive outside. So before you pack the cooler for your next outing, make sure you understand the risks associated with eating in the elements. Food-borne illness is one of the most common […]
In the midst of one of the worst influenza outbreaks in more than a decade, we now have what scientist Ian Goodfellow calls “the Ferrari of the virus world” to worry about. Norovirus is the most common form of gastroenteritis — inflammation of the stomach and intestines — which causes violent and projectile vomiting, diarrhea, […]
Final exams can be a very stressful time of the year for college students. With the semester coming to an end and the holiday break approaching, it’s important that students mind their health through the rest of the semester. Here are six tips students should keep in mind for good health during finals: […]
Dr. Allison Aiello examines the issue of cross-contamination in an ongoing series on SCA’s Tork Better Business Center. We know the basics of how germs are spread. Touching or coming into contact with contaminated objects or people, and then touching our own eyes, mouth and nose, can result in the transmission of disease-causing microorganisms that lead to illnesses. Yet, there is still much confusion about how these problems occur.
Dr. Allison Aiello examines the issue of cross-contamination in an ongoing series on SCA’s Tork Better Business Center. Many factors influence how susceptible people are to infectious diseases. These include current health behaviors, exposure to stress, vaccination status and the presence of existing illnesses that make it easier for individuals to become infected. Thankfully, there […]
Dr. Allison Aiello examines the issue of cross-contamination in an ongoing series on SCA’s Tork Better Business Center. During college, students are at a prime in their lives — learning, growing and experiencing new things that can be exhilarating and risky. In fact, many college students see themselves and their health as invincible during this […]
In the first of an ongoing series, Dr. Allison Aiello examines the issue of cross-contamination. Today’s installment provides an overview of cross-contamination in higher-educational settings and how to develop the right mindset to minimize health risks. Believe it or not, everything you touch throughout the day can be a potential health hazard. This is partly […]
Paper towels? Hand dryers? Ever wonder which hand drying method truly works best? According to a new study released by the Mayo Clinic, drying hands with a paper towel is more effective when compared with cloth towels and electric air dryers (i.e. hot air dryers and jet air dryers). The research, conducted last year and […]
Research has shown that hand hygiene knowledge and beliefs vary from person to person and from place to place. This includes different work places and differences among staff. At work, some employees may or may not know the proper way to wash their hands. Here, we present three easy steps to starting a hand hygiene […]
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