Healthy Hand-Washing Tips
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Protect Yourself

It can prevent colds, food poisoning, and even H1N1 (swine) flu—all without a prescription. What is this medical wonder? Simple hand-washing. According to experts, washing your hands regularly is one of the best ways to protect yourself from harmful germs and prevent passing them on to others.


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