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Daily Mail Scare Story: Sucked Pens Give You MRSA But Prevent Cancer

by | 8th, November 2011

DAILY Mail Health Tuesday: This week’s news ways to die your pen will give you MRSA but save you from cancer:

Page 14 : Colonisaion by Stealth Once, it took an invading army. Now Germany’s using economic rpessure to topples leaders and take over Europe sate by state, sats Simon Heffer”

Page 43 : “Revealed, the hidden reason thousands of women are forgetful and depressed”

Reason: Caroline had eight kidney stones

And this week’s Star Scare:

Page 47: Lucy Elkins delivers:

“Don’t borrow that Biro – it could give you food poisoning”

A friend passes you their mobile phone to show you a picture of their child looking adorable or their favourite holiday beach. But be careful — they may be sharing more than just memories with you. In a study published last month, scientists swabbed 390 mobile phones and found that almost every one harboured bacteria.

And did you check under their fingernails?

Some had 1,000 types of germs, including the superbug MRSA and E. coli, which causes food poisoning, the researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found.

Has anyone actually contracted food poisoning from a mobile phone?

Lucy has no time for details. She’s already moved on:

So what else should you think twice about sharing? Here are some of the everyday items it’s worth keeping to yourself:

You’d best stand up for this:


If desks aren’t clean then bugs can flourish the norovirus, which causes the winter vomiting bug, can live for weeks if the conditions are right.


Towels may carry all kinds of germs, from the common cold to the virus that causes warts.


You’ve been to the lavatory and want to wash your hands. So you use the soap dispenser. However, rather than cleaning your hands, you may be adding to the dirt.

And what about that door on the way out, Lucy?


One issue is that toothbrushes are kept in the bathroom close to the toilet. Flushing may spray bacteria into the air, which can land on the toothbrush.


It’s unlikely the home remote that gets passed round the family is any better. A recent survey by Milton the sterilising fluid for babies’ bottles found 55 per cent of people admitted they had never cleaned their remote.


‘Can I borrow a pen?’ is a request you may even ask a stranger. However, bear in mind that one in five office workers admits to sucking the end of their pen, according to a survey of 1,000 in the U.S., so any bacteria circulating in their mouth will be

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