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    Check out Pandle Handle’s new packaging (it’s cooler than you think)

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    Pandle Handle has new packaging

    Pandle Handle has new packaging

    Pandle Handle has a brand new look! Can you really blame us for switching it up a little bit? Change is good and we wanted our customers ( who are the best) and sour potential customers to feel proud to display their Pandle Handle when they are out and about. What better way to break out your Pandle than with this very cool holder you can put in your purse, gym bag, book bag or messenger bag?

    Hey boy!

    So what do you think? Do you approve? We can’t wait to show these off at our future events which we will spill the beans in the next post.

    Are you ready to fight everyday, nasty germs in the most posh-looking way possible? Yeah, we thought you would.

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    Facts About NYC Subways: You Won’t Believe This

    NYC Subways breeds bacteria that scientists aren't even aware of

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    A team of researchers recently discovered that the NYC subway is crawling with germs. Here’s how grossed out/freaked out you should actually be.

    New research found 562 different species of bacteria in the New York City subway system.

    BuzzFeed Life talked to one of the study authors, Chris Mason, Ph.D., geneticist at Weill Cornell Medical College, about the research, and just how grossed out you should actually be.

    1. Yes, it is so, so many bacteria — but most of them are totally not a big deal.
    “The vast majority of what we found are benign or inert for human health,” Mason says. And some of them may even be helpful to our health — like the bacteria associated with cleaning up toxins.

    2. You should not be afraid to ride the subway, guys.
    Mason isn’t. In fact, he says he’s even less freaked out now than he might have been before he did this study. “If anything, it makes me more confident,” he says. “I ride the subway every day, I bring my daughter on it with me, and the study has actually made me much more confident to grab a pole and hang on than I ever was before.”

    3. It’s true, the researchers don’t even know what a lot of these bacteria even are.
    “About half the DNA that we touch every day… we have no idea what they are,” Mason says. “It’s completely unclassified.”

    4. But that’s an exciting thing, not scary. (At least for the researchers, anyway).
    “We know based on these data that the vast majority of the DNA we touch is benign,” Mason says. “And even though a lot of it is unknown, I get excited about that because I’m surrounded by things that have never been seen before that are right under my fingertips. Much like looking at a rainforest, even. I can explore it and find new species, different animals, different plants. So I find that very exciting and invigorating to think about. Not a concern.”

    5. That thing you read about the “germs that can cause bubonic plague uptown“? Don’t sweat it.
    Don’t you think we’d notice if the bubonic plague were actually sweeping through our subway system and/or the Upper West Side?

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    “There’s been no documented case of any of the diseases that are associated with some of the DNA we found,” Mason says. “That’s additional evidence that there’s no reason whatsoever to be concerned. It’s really a testament I supposed to what the immune system can do.” The human body: AMAZING.

    6. The more dense the population, the greater the diversity of bacteria.
    “If you look at an average station in the Bronx, for example, it will have more unique species of bacteria than a station in Manhattan or Staten Island,” Mason says, because the Bronx has greater population density.

    7. But more diverse bacteria might actually be a good thing, especially for younger people.
    This is due to the “hygiene hypothesis,” Mason says. “It’s a hypothesis being studied in microbiology that thinks about the immune system. Martin Blaser recently wrote a book about this, called Missing Microbes. The idea actually is that when you’re younger, your immune system needs to have the ability for target practice, essentially — it needs to be exposed to antigens. In the absence of that, you’ll actually have a higher risk of asthma and allergies later in life. So to some degree, the greater bacterial diversity found in the surfaces is probably a good thing.”

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    8. The railings contained the greatest diversity of bacteria.
    Mason and his colleagues swabbed railings, seats, turnstiles, kiosks, and trashcans — basically everything that gets a LOT of use all day every day in a subway.

    9. But those same metal railings had less total DNA on them than the wooden benches did.
    So the bacteria on the poles was most diverse, but there was less of it total compared to other surfaces. “Metal in general is a good idea versus say wood, which can absorb a lot of things,” Mason says. The same can probably be said about seats with fabric on them (looking at you, San Francisco), but they didn’t test that in this study.

    10. The bacterial DNA left in some stations could actually predict the ancestry of the people who live in that area.
    This didn’t apply to high-traffic areas or to places with a lot of tourists, but in neighborhoods that lean predominantly toward one specific race or ethnicity, the subway bacteria reflected that.

    “There are ancestry informative markers, genetic markers that can tell you where you come from in the world, whether you’re Finnish, or you’re British, Japanese, and so on,” Mason says. “There’s a catalogue of genetic variants that are known to be distributed around the world. And we can use the knowledge of human genetic variation, and take that data and combine it with census data, and when we blend those two together we see a mirror of them on the surface of the subway.”

    11. Hurricane Sandy impacted the bacteria in South Ferry Station.
    “One of the most notable stations was the South Ferry Station,” Mason says. “So it had a unique mixture, and also some lower levels of bacteria. It was a very unique station in that regard, and it’s because it had been so flooded.”

    12. There’s a lot of cheese bacteria in the subway because New Yorkers love their pizza.
    Oh, and Mason doesn’t think that people are just barfing up pizza on the subway all the time (we asked him). “I think it’s because people eat pizza and they don’t wash their hands after they eat it and they touch the subway railings.” Sounds about right.

    13. No subway stations are better or worse than others when it comes to nasty bugs.
    “When we looked at one station every hour on the hour, the microbial diversity changes so fast because you have tens of thousands of hands touching every surface,” Mason says. “To say that one station is better or worse than another at one snapshot in time would be unfair to that station, because it could be different the next day. And also everything that would be there would likely be normal healthy things anyway. So I don’t want people to avoid a subway station just because of one dataset from one or two days.”

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    Weird Bacteria Facts

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    Here are some weird facts about bacteria collected from an article on Bacteria and Antibiotics. Don’t forget that your Pandle can help you with an surfaces you may have to touch!

    The bacteria in your ear increase 700 from wearing your headphones for just one hour.

    We’ve seen how devastating oil spills can be. Because of this, scientist are creating a bacteria that enjoys eating oil, which can help clean up those nasty oil spills in a jiffy!

    The origins of bacteria back more than 3 billion years, at least on earth.

    Bad breath stems from bacteria in the nose and mouth.

    Soil and plants would not be able to grow on the earth without bacteria.

    Chocolate causes less tooth decay than any type of dried fruit because it stays on the teeth less, which feeds into the bacteria on the teeth.

    There are over 600 types of bacteria that have been found on dental plaques.

    Humans need oxygen to live, but some bacteria don’t!

    There can be anywhere from 10,000 to 10 million different kind of bacteria on each hand.

    Wet hands spread more germ than dry hands—1,000 times more! So make sure you thoroughly dry you hands after you wash them.

    There are half as many germs on your toilet seat than on your fingertips.

    Bacteria from more than 40 million years ago have been extracted and successfully grown from a fossilized bee. What do you think they will be able to make out of your fossil?

    When you don’t cover your cough with either your hand or a handkerchief, your cough can travel more than 3 yards.

    After using the public toilet, only about 70 percent of people truly wash their hands.

    On average, one person can pick up and create more than one million bacteria in a school day.

    In just 20 minutes, bacteria can double in number!

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    Protect Yourself At 40,000 Feet

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    Any type of travel can be taxing on ones health, but airplanes and airports seem to be the biggest sources of traveling diseases. It’s great that modern technology has helped us enough to get from New York City to any place in the world in less than a day, but germs are also passengers on the planes. The few Ebola scares we had last summer and fall prove that.

    Sometimes, taking precautions are much easier than we think. The New York Times recently did a profile on Arlene Sheff, a frequent flier. Ms. Sheff actually wears an air purifier around her neck when she flies. However, it’s a rather expensive option, starting at $60, and doesn’t have a long lifespan. The plane air is actually rather pure, because it goes through multiple filters before it’s emitted for the passengers and is recycled through the system in less than a minute.

    Ms. Sheff also uses wet wipes to disinfect her seat and anything she touches around her. However, as recently discussed on our blog, too much antibacterial is actually harmful for you. Antibacterial wipes and gels can actually decrease your ability to fight off infections.

    But, experts do say Ms. Sheff is on the right track. The surfaces you touch are more likely to get you sick, not the air you breath in. Researchers from Auburn University found that MRSA and E. coli bacteria can live in airplane cabin surfaces for days after the host is gone. The bathroom handles, the plastic tray tables and the seat buckles are prime areas for germs and bacteria to live.

    Cleaning crews do wipe down most of the aircraft, but it doesn’t happen in between each flight. To protect yourself from unwanted diseases, take your Pandle with you when you are flying. You won’t have to touch another contaminated plastic tray or bathroom lock at 40,000 feet again.

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    F Train Condom Makes Another Appearance

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    Have you heard about the elusive F train condom? If you haven’t, get ready to be scared to ever ride the subway again! There is a used condom on an F train pole. Riders still sit under it. Commuters get smooched into it. Can you imagine being stared down by a used condom your whole way to work?

    The Gothamist has been documenting the F train condom travels for a few months. The first sighting was apparently September 24th, which seems pretty crazy. Do the subways even get cleaned anymore?

    The MTA says they do in fact clean the trains. The F train condom has actually become a high priority (the MTA doesn’t need any more bad publicity). The MTA spokesman, Adam Lisberg, issued this statement.

    This has been brought to the highest levels of the subway system, and our cleaning crews will be on the lookout for it whenever they clean cars at the end of the line. They will also note the car number, and then will try to determine when it was last brought in for a more thorough cleaning.

    Subway cars usually get a basic cleaning when they reach the end of the line – sweep up the litter, mop the floor. And while a condition like this should have been caught and remedied, I can understand why cleaners who are focused on the seats and floors would not necessarily have looked up at every grab bar on a 10-car train. Trains go in for a more thorough cleaning at various intervals, but without knowing the car number, we can’t go back and determine its maintenance history.

    It’s good to know the subway cards do get cleaned. Who knows, it could be a couple of pranksters as several videos on YouTube suggest. Needless to say, keep your Pandle handy.

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    More Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Crowds MTA

    NYC Subways breeds bacteria that scientists aren't even aware of

    Whenever you ride on the Subway, you see the other riders and the rats, but you don’t think about the other riders that you can’t see—germs! Infection control today recently published an article about some new findings about subway bacteria.

    The lead high school student, Anya Dunaif, from the Rockerfeller’s Summer Science Research Program swabbed all parts of the subway. Some of the most interesting findings were bacteria impervious and to major antibiotics. After letting the 18 swabs sit in Petri dishes that contained the three most common antibiotics, five of the swabs continued to grow.

    The article defined antibiotic resistance as, “the ability of disease-causing bacteria to withstand compounds used to kill them off. It can make a once treatable infection more serious, even life threatening. A natural consequence of evolution, and the widespread use and misuse of antibiotics, resistance is increasing worldwide.”

    The students then looked to find where the bacteria were stemming from. They found the antibiotic resistant bacteria were coming mostly from Grand Central Station and stations along Central Park. These findings aren’t surprising since these stations have higher traffic than other parts of the city.

    Antibiotic resistant anything is scary, but an easy way to keep yourself healthy is washing your hands often, especially before and after you ride the subway. Even though this is one of the best options, there is something better than creates a barrier between you and the subways surface: Pandle.

    The Pandle is rubberized, which helps with stability with the frequent jerks and tugs of the subway. But, it’s also has antibacterial in nanosilver form, which means there is always an anti-bacterial agent on your hands at all times. The Pandle also comes in five colors (black, red, blue, purple and green), so you can ride in your own style.