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Patients' cell phones contain more dangerous germs than hospital staff
A new study has found that cell phones used by patients and visitors are twice as likely to contain potentially dangerous bacteria compared with the phones used by healthcare workers. ANI

Internet-based search data key to monitoring dengue epidemics
A new study has shown that web-based search data offers a more viable, rapid source of information for early detection and monitoring of dengue outbreaks than national surveillance data. ANI

Gene mutations linked to progressive hearing impairment
Researchers have found that apart from noise, hearing impairment at a young age is also caused by a gene, which is active in the skeletal muscle and heart. ANI

Average Brit adults spend 36 minutes a day worrying
A new study has revealed that the average Briton spends 36 minutes every day worrying, which equates to nine whole days every year - or a year and a half during a lifetime. ANI

Lack of sleep kills young men's sex lives
A new study has found that young men who slept less than five hours a night for a week had significantly lower levels of testosterone than when they had a full night's sleep. ANI

Moisturizers and hair dye cause most severe adverse reactions
The Norwegian Institute of Public Health has compiled a register of adverse effects from cosmetic products and found that permanent hair dyes and face and body moisturizers caused the most severe reactions. ANI

Skepticism over WHO warning that mobile phones cause cancer
Though the World Health Organisation has warned that the excessive use of mobile phones and other wireless communication devices could cause cancer, the mobile industry seems to be less convinced by the warning. ANI

3G phones less harmful for brain than previous avatars: Oz researcher
3G phones used by iPhones, BlackBerries and other smart phones give a much lower dose of radiowaves to the brain than earlier models, a health expert has claimed. ANI

1 Modest vitamin and mineral deficiency may lead to age-related diseases
A new study has found that even moderate deficiency of the vitamins and minerals required for life may lead to age-related diseases. ANI

Childhood obesity is not just to do with eating and exercise
University of Illinois scientists have revealed that many factors including genetic predisposition, family, community, country, culture, how much TV a child watches and others contribute to childhood obesity. ANI

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