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DENVER - Think a quick rinse will rid your hands of germs? Knuckle-cracking leads to arthritis? 9Health Fair not only provides free and low-cost health screenings, it can help sort out medical myths.

Rinsing your hands is not enough

The proper amount of time to lather soap on your hands is 20 seconds before rinsing: it kills all germs on our hands. 9news medical expert Dr. John Torres says the average person spends six seconds rubbing in the soap. Dr. John, Danielle Grant and Corey Rose learned this lesson using a hand washing experiment that makes germs visible. All 9Health Fair sites provide the opportunity to speak one-on-one with a health professional to ask questions about any health issue for free – even if you're wondering about the proper length of time and technique to wash your hands.

An old wives tale says that cracking knuckles can lead to arthritis when you're older. That is not necessarily true. All knuckle crackers do not develop arthritis but a long-term habit could affect joint function and strength. If you're experiencing pain, stiffness and swelling in your joints you may want to take advantage of the free rheumatoid arthritis screening at the 9Health Fair offers at a number of sites. RA affects almost one percent of Americans and can lead to significant joint destruction and disability. The RA screening is not offered at all 9Health Fair sites. If you're interested in the RA screening using the find screenings tool at 9HealthFair.org.

Allergies vs. a cold?

Many people find it difficult to tell the difference between allergies and a cold. Allergies are a reaction to being exposed to an allergen. A virus causes a cold. There are some common symptoms between the two, like sneezing, runny or stuffy noses. If you have itchy eyes, it's probably allergies. If your body aches, it's most likely a cold. The $30 blood chemistry screening, offered at all sites, test for 28-components including components that can indicate if you a viral infection or if blood cells are reacting to an allergen.

Why should you attend a 9Health Fair?

  • Everyone at least 18 years old is welcome at 9Health Fair, regardless of insurance status.
  • All of the 9Health Fair screenings are administered by medical professionals who are volunteering their time. Non-medical volunteers are also on staff, but they do not administer screenings.
  • The 9Health Fair allows participants to see multiple health professionals all in one place.

Click here http://www.9healthfair.org/volunteernow to volunteer your time to help the community monitor their health.

Click here "http://www.9healthfair.org/findafair to find a fair in your community.

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