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Mind-Set Matters – Exercise and the Placebo Effect

January 12, 2013

This study is of interest because it evaluates scientifically how housekeeping's processes may impact our thinking and health, and vice versa. While it mentions the placebo effect, the effect might just be more complex and real than some suppose. This kind of research should rightly create buzz. Does cleaning provide exercise? Yes. Can this make us healthier? Yes – but the study also shows the importance of a positive attitude. The article makes the statement, “actual behavior did not change” between those who were told the value of exercise versus those who were not, but we submit that behaviors could have been subtlety affected – certainly attitude and behavior are intertwined.

Occupational Exposure to Cleaning Agents and Asthma in Women from the EGEA Study

October 10, 2012

The deleterious role of cleaning products in work-related asthma has been suggested in recent studies. Researchers studied the relationship between asthma and occupational asthmagens, with a particular attention to cleaning agents, separately in men and women.

Reducing Absenteeism From Gastrointestinal and Respiratory Illness in Elementary School Students: A Randomized, Controlled Trial of an Infection-Control Intervention

March 19, 2012

CIRI Note: This article shows a good relationship between cleaning high touch surfaces and reduced absenteeism from gastroenterological illness in K-12 students.  Conversely, such cleaning could be expected to have a lesser effect on airborne contaminants, thereby possibly not reducing absenteeism from respiratory illness.   …

Effectiveness of UV-C Equipped Vacuum at Reducing Culturable Surface-bound Microorganisms on Carpets.

March 8, 2012

Abstract Carpets are both sinks and sources for exposure to chemicals, allergens, and microbes and consequently influence health, including asthma, allergies, and infectious diseases. Asthmatics, children, and the immune-compromised are particularly vulnerable to health risks resulting from exposure to carpet contaminants. To address this risk, …

Efficacy of Slightly Acidic Electrolyzed (SAEO) Water in Killing or Removing E. Coli

February 13, 2012

Abstract   The objective of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of slightly acidic electrolyzed (SAEO) water in killing or removing Escherichia coli O157:H7 on iceberg lettuce and tomatoes by washing and chilling treatment simulating protocols used in food service kitchens. Whole lettuce leaves and tomatoes …

Answering Questions About Health Promoting Schools

February 13, 2012

Can the concept of Health Promoting Schools help to improve students’ health knowledge and practices to combat the challenge of communicable diseases?   BackgroundThe growing epidemics of emerging infectious diseases has raised the importance of a setting approach and include the Health Promoting School (HPS) …

The Effect of High-efficiency and Standard Vacuum Cleaners on Mite, Cat and Dog Allergen Levels and Clinical Progress

December 22, 2011

Abstract The major triggers for allergic asthma are exposure to allergens of the house dust mite, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus, and of pets. Unfortunately studies of techniques designed to reduce house dust mite and pet allergens have had mixed results. However, new so-called ‘improved’ products continue to …

Peer-Reviewed Paper – X-ray Fluorescence for Evaluation of Carpet Cleaning Technology

March 24, 2011

Abstract An X-ray fluorescence method for measuring the quantity of test matter removed from carpet by vacuuming and wet extraction in typical carpet cleaning processes is described. In this cleaning effectiveness analytical method, five different test compounds were incorporated into an artificial soil, which was …

Fundamental Science Concepts in Effective Cleaning

September 29, 2010

What is environmental science? Environmental science unites all the sciences that evolved over centuries. Its origins are in natural philosophy or logically and systematically examining the natural and man-made worlds. This long-term examination produced fundamental concepts for decision-making regarding how we live in relation to …

Effective Cleaning Defined

August 11, 2010

What is effective cleaning? Effective cleaning removes unwanted matter to the greatest or optimum extent possible. This reduces the likelihood of an adverse effect caused by unwanted matter exposure to man, valuable materials and the natural environment.   Effective cleaning is characterized by the following …