HealthDay News reports:

TUESDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) — Women’s hands have a veritable United Nations of germs compared to men’s, a new study finds.

But both genders house vastly more bacteria on their palms than previously suspected, according to a new study from University of Colorado researchers that appears in this week’s issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The information may enable scientists to figure out what a “healthy” level of bacteria is, diagnose diseases more precisely, and perhaps even get advance warning that something is going wrong.

But then, only 2 out of 3 Americans don’t wash their hands, and only 77% wash hands after using the toilet, so we have a serious health issue here.