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Tie it Back

Your doctor may conscientious about washing his hands, but that doesn’t mean he’s germ-free. A recent study at The New York Hospital Queens found that nearly half of the neckties worn by clinicians harbored potentially disease-causing bacteria. Simply brushing against your doctor’s tie could put you at risk for urinary tract infections, skin irritations, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal diseases, and even potentially fatal E. coli-related illnesses, warns Scott Kale, M.D., who’s featured in the film “Things You Should Know”.

Before Entering the Hospital ( Kale advises patients to politely request that doctors tuck their ties into their shifts and immediately wash their hands.