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    MTA Flops With Metromitt


    Everyone knows the New York City subways are a disgusting and germ filled place. They are overcrowded, the temperature is never right and there seems to always be a switch malfunction. But, no New Yorker could imagine their life without the ability to get to any part of the city at any given time, even if they have to grab the God forsaken metal pole.

    The Huffington Post recently published an article about the MTA partnering with a company who is launching the MetroMitt. The MetroMitt is a disposable plastic bag any rider can use to hold onto the subway poles. It’s much like sticking your hand in a zip lock bag. Good luck keeping your hand in a bag that makes your hand sweaty and has minimal grip. Also, think about how much plastic everyone will be wasting since the bags are disposable.

    The MetroMitt is supposed to protect subway riders from transferring germs, but the ground will be littered with little plastic bags—the subway trashcan are rarely used for trash you don’t get in the subway. If one of the bags ended up on the tracks, it could spur even more track fires.

    It’s an interesting concept, but the MetroMitt falls short. It could, and probably will, produce more liter and plastic waste (because lets get serious, not everyone is good at recycling). But, there is something that does what the MetroMitt doesn’t—it’s called Pandle.

    Instead of a sweat inducing plastic bag, the cool rubber of a Pandle will make your commute much more enjoyable. If you do have to hold onto the subway pole, your hand will never shift or side. You also don’t have to worry about your hand accidently touching the pole because the Pandle wraps all the way around it. Recyle the MetroMitt and grab a Pandle.

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    Shigella Bacteria Causing Sickness In Brooklyn


    In New York City, or any highly condensed area, the spread of disease is always a serious threat. Young children and the elderly always have a higher risk of disease due to weaker immune systems, but every person should take the necessary precautions. Even if you aren’t experiencing any symptoms, you could still be carrying a sickness you contracted from someone else.

    DNAinfo recently published an article about a highly contagious bacteria spreading quickly in parts of Brooklyn. Shigella bacteria—inducing nausea, diarrhea, and fever—are running rampant throughout Williamsburg and Borough Park. Since November 14th, there have been at least 90 confirmed causes; children age five and younger have claimed 74 percent of the cases.

    The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene says the bacteria spreads not only by eating or drinking after a host, but also via direct contact. It’s a highly contagious infection. The bacteria lives in the intestines of the host, which means it can be contracted via feces. Parents who are changing diapers also have a high risk of getting sick.

    However, the infection has rather mild symptoms, which can start showing two to three days after contamination. Even though the host will be rather uncomfortable, the symptoms of Shigella bacteria are much less than the flu. Most people heal on their own, but symptoms can last anywhere from a week to four weeks.

    The health department warned of a potential outbreak, which could still happen. Doctors all over the city are well aware of the infection and how to treat it. Many parents are worried it’s the flu, because the symptoms are similar, but the treatment is much less severe.

    Everyone should be careful about washing their hands and not sharing food. When you travel on the subway, especially in Brooklyn, make sure to wear your Pandle.

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    Pandle Launches On Kickstarter




    Take a look at your day, you encounter crowds of people daily:

    On the subway, in the office, at the gym, out shopping, or at a restaurant. Each individual touches the same surfaces as you like subway poles, pay phones, cab handles, and public doors. Hands horde germs, just like millions of germs inhabit city spaces:



    With a Pandle on your hand, you can keep germs off your mind. Our product is a portable handle grip which keeps both germs and bacteria away from your hands.

    Infused with nano-silver and molded into an ergonomic rubber handle, Pandle offers you the liberty to touch surfaces without having to worry about touching germs.


    Nano-silver, infused into the product, protects it from unwanted germs and bacteria. Silicone rubber enhances your grip and aids in grasping surfaces. Nine months were spent crafting this perfect blend of rubber and anti-bacterial solution, tuning the grip performance for maximum comfort, and designing a piece which caters to the eye as well.


    Apart from its utility, Pandle was conceived as a product for those seeking contemporary cleanliness. Its design allows for a simple and snug fold, to be tucked away in your pocket or handbag when not in use.

    Our product is also available in a variety of colors: Noir, Rose, Sapphire, Forest and Sage.


    We’ve finished our design, and have finished our first production order.

    But the Pandle team is gathering pre-orders – we could use your help to fill our audience, get the ball rolling on our product, and make this dream a reality! The great thing about helping build our community is that we’ll all share in the success. We’re so excited to have you join us! #PandleOn.



    We’re active on social media.

    Join and help us build our community! #PandleOn.

    Visit: http://www.pandlehandle.com/

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    Cruise Ships – Don’t Be Turned Off!


    Cruise ships are now seen as germ central. Traveling through the open water, miles from land, can be fun if you aren’t sick. Recently, there have been a few cruise mishaps that skewed the overall reputation. However, that reputation is pretty far off from the truth.

    According to a recently published article from Fox News, the threat of sickness is actually pretty low. Any passenger of a seven-day cruise only has a 1 percent chance of getting sick. In normal day-to-day activities, everyone has about a 3 or 4 percent chance of contracting an illness.

    However, if someone on board is sick, all other passengers’ chances of getting sick increase significantly. If the sick passenger is bad at washing their hands and covering their mouth when they are sick, the ship has a large chance of getting sick.

    Here are a few helpful ways to avoid getting sick, especially before embarking on a cruise ship.

    First, see a medical professional before you leave if you feel ill. That tickly throat could turn into something highly contagious a few days later. Your Pandle will be pretty useful for your family.

    Try to not touch common serving utensils. That all you can eat buffet may look delicious, but just remember all the other passengers have touched that gravy stick. You obviously have to eat, so use your Pandle to grab all the green beans and fried fish you want. Just make sure everything you eat is cooked.

    Don’t share anything. Even if it’s your significant other, they could have germs their body is able to fight off, but you aren’t. If they seem a little under the weather, use your Pandle around them.

    And, most importantly, constantly wash your hands and keep your Pandle tucked into your swimsuit for a sick-free vacation.

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    Subway Rats…Enough Said.


    Subway rats are those annoying little creatures you see from a distance, but never really think about. Unless you see them run under the subway or out of the trash. Or maybe you think a black pen on the ground is actually a rat-tail. Until now… Dun, dun, dunnn! But really… I am completely serious.

    The Business Insider published an article about the diseases rats carry with them. A group of researchers from Columbia University collected 133 rats from five different sites around midtown and lower Manhattan. Of the sample, 90 percent had a microbial agent, at least two viruses were found in 40 percent and 10 percent had at least five viruses.

    It’s not surprising that the rats have diseases, but the specific diseases carried by Columbia’s research sample are alarming. Protozoa viruses and diseases had high frequency rates. A single-celled organism, Protozoa can cause stomach problems for humans—there is a link between subway rats and human sickness. The researchers also found over 50 viruses that were previously unknown to man. Who knows—we could be culturing the next zombie virus under Manhattan. Bubonic plague? Black death? Yikes.

    Even though there isn’t much human subway rider and subway rat contact, they still carry some scary diseases. Scientists have even found hepatitis C, and a hemoglobin disease which causes excessive bleeding in humans. Subway riders and subway rats might not be so happy about the diseases, but the Columbia researchers were. They are currently using the rats to further research for these gnarly ailments.

    Knowing what diseases lie under our city can help us prepare for our health. But, pandle can help you stay healthy. You won’t ever have to touch one of the nasty subway poles with your bare hand again—pandle will always be in your back pocket.

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    Simple Ways To Keep Yourself From Getting Sick


    As we approach the half way mark for the cold and flu season, it’s important to acknowledge ways to keep yourself healthy. Washing your hands with warm water and soap is always a good step, but knowing where germs tend to live is important.

    The new-press.com recently published an article about the places to give extra caution to during the cold and flue season. Especially this year, as there are multiple strains of the viruses going around.

    Public Places:

    Restrooms are full of germs, far beyond the toilet seat. The handles, knobs, buttons and levers tend to have the most germs. Even though the driers save trees, they tend to put more germs on your hands when you use them.

    Water fountains are the perfect breeding grounds for the transferring germs. Not only are the buttons dirty, the spigot can be full of germs from water flowing into ones mouth and back out.

    Stores are constantly busy, which means there are always germs coming in and out. Make sure you wash your hands after touching the cart if you forgot your pandle handle, but also wash your hands after putting all of your merchandise away because you might not be the only one who used it.

    The gym is important for daily exercise, but it’s also important to wash yourself thoroughly because it can weaken your immune system if you over work yourself. Use your pandle handle after you’ve wipe down your equipment before and after use, and don’t forget to wash your gym bag.

    Transportation takes riders across cities, nations and the world everyday. It’s always essential to keep your pandle handle with you.


    Your desk can harbor many germs, not only from you, but also from people who have been using your items. Try to keep from rubbing your eyes or putting things in your mouth after using things on your desk. Wouldn’t it be nice if they all used their pandle handle, too?

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    Grocery Shopping Woes


    There is almost no way to get out of grocery shopping. Even if you use different delivery companies, there is always that last minute items you have to get. The grocery story is always a stressful place, but during cold and flu season it’s even harder to brave the mass of fellow food eaters.

    The shopping cart and basket handles are always the hardest part to swallow for any Germophobe. Ahmed Gad, a graduate student from the University of Tulsa recently published an article with ABC around the hazards of shopping cart and basket handles. Gad found several harmful diseases that could live on surfaces for long periods of time. “You can find microorganisms everywhere. One-third of them appeared to have E. coli,” Gad said.

    If you pick up a contaminated package of meat and then push your cart, you leave the germs from the package on the cart. The next person that comes by then picks up the germs you left on the handle. The pattern continues until the handles are wiped down with antibacterial wipes.

    Sometimes the antibacterial wipes are there to clean off the handles, but sometimes they aren’t. After shopping, you should wash you hands, but you might also touch you face while shopping and then the germs stay with you, even before you have time to wash your hands.

    This is where pandlehandle can help you. Instead of worrying about who touched the handle last, you can put a pandlehandle on each of your hands and push the cart. You won’t have any germs on your hands. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket or purse, so it’s can easily be put in your pocket. With five different colors, your can show off your personal style, even through the mass of shoppers. Can you see yourself shopping without a pandlehandle now?

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    Hand Sanitize Can Actually Be Dangerous


    Hand sanitizer has become the modern world safety net. It’s portable, easy to use, comes in different scents and now even has fashionable cases. As soon as the cool, clear liquid dries, you almost instantaneously feel clean. There is no need to search fruitlessly for a public bathroom, which might make you even more dirty than you were before you went in.

    A large portion of hand sanitizers are alcohol based, generally mixed with glycerin, water and fragrance. Normally, this mixture dries out your hands. There are also non-alcoholic based hand sanitizers that have similar antibiotic compounds to soap and toothpaste, like triclocarban and triclosan.

    The Street recently published an article about the hazards of triclosan from a study the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put out. The FDA says triclosan has unnecessary health risks for the human body and the benefits of the antibiotic have yet to be proven.

    If you are someone who uses hand sanitizers often, you should know the top five hazards.

    1. Antibiotic Resistance.

    2. Alcohol Poisoning.

    3. Hormone Disruption.

    4. Weaker Immune System.

    5. Toxic Chemicals.

    Washing your hands in warm soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or as long as it takes you to sing the A.B.C. song, is the best way to fend of disease. However, a sink with running water and soap isn’t always accessible. Pandle can help you get from one sink to another without getting any germs on your hands.

    Pandle has no harmful antibiotics in it and when you wash your hands, you can wash your Pandle. It’s foldable, smaller than a hand sanitizer bottle, and colorful to accent your daily life. Germaphobic subway riders, grocery cart pushers, door handle grabbers no longer have to fear the germs—they can now grab any handle with a Pandle.