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Paper towels beat air-dryers to fight bacteria

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As cold and flu season approaches, we'll be hearing this: To stay healthy, be sure to wash your hands a lot. But to best prevent the spread of germs, you also need to dry your hands.

That point's driven home by a pair of studies published in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. The studies, quite transparently funded by Dyson Limited (the vacuum cleaner maker), set out to determine how the company's new Airblade hand dryer stacked up against the conventional hot-air dryers found in many restrooms.
 
 

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