With an estimated 40 percent of Americans, according to a Harvard poll, worried that they could contract Ebola, two days ago the journalPLoS ONE published a paper which claims to show that handling of cash register receipts puts you a risk of myriad diseases. The paper is from a group at the University of Missouri headed by Frederick vom Saal, a biologist who has the distinction of being the driving force behind the subgroup of scientists who are convinced that BPA is wreaking havoc with our endocrine systems and our health. The study describes experiments in which 24 subjects cleaned their hands with a hand sanitizer and then handled thermal cash register receipts. In a second step, subjects who had handled the thermal paper then ate French fries with their hands. Due to the solvent action of the hand sanitizer, BPA was absorbed rapidly through the skin, resulting in, what the authors call, “high levels” of BPA in the blood and urine.