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Study finds hospital pillows ridden with 30 different bugs
In what has come as a real eye-opener, a new study has found 30 different types of infection in a sample of pillows taken from hospital wards - posing a significant risk of infections such as MRSA and C. difficile. ANI

Tiny wing hairs allow bats gauge speed and control flight
A new study has discovered that tiny hairs present on a bat's wings actually helps the mammal to gauge speed and control flight. ANI

Half a glass of wine a day 'ups breast cancer risk in women by 10 pc'
One of Britain's leading doctors has warned that just half a glass of wine a day could raise a woman's chance of developing breast cancer. ANI

Brain cancer patients who exercise regularly live longer
Scientists at the Duke Cancer Institute have indicated that brain cancer patients who are able to exercise live significantly longer than sedentary patients. ANI

Indian-origin scientist's finding could lead to novel drugs for epilepsy sufferers
A discovery made by University of California, Riverside researchers in the lab could help drug manufacturers develop new antiepileptic drugs and explore novel strategies for treating seizures associated with epilepsy. ANI

Training for cutting tools developed human brain 80,000 years ago
A new study has found that advanced crafting of stone spearheads contributed to the development of new ways of human thinking and behaving 80,000 years ago. ANI

Chronic marijuana smokers face difficulty while making decisions
It has been long known that smoking marijuana affects peoples' impulsivity, attention, memory, cognition and decision-making abilities. Now, a recent research has scientifically proved that marijuana affects the brains of chronic users, especially the decision-making process. ANI

Universe's highest electric current found in cosmic jet 2bn light yrs away
Scientists have discovered the highest electric current ever seen in the universe in a cosmic jet 2 billion light years away. ANI

Internet sex offenders initiate sex topics from first chat session
A study of online social networking patterns has revealed that Internet sex offenders initiate sex topics from the very first time a chat session starts. ANI

Gladiator died due to ref's treachery, says archaeologist
An epitaph on the 1800-year-old tombstone of an ancient gladiator named Diodorus suggests that he may have died because of a bad call from a ref, according to Michael Carter, a professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. ANI

Working mums 'likelier to stay on job if they have flexible schedule'
Women who return to work after giving birth are more likely to keep their jobs if they have more control over their work schedules and have job security as well as the ability to make use of a variety of their job skills, according to a new study. ANI

Frankincense may help relieve arthritis pain
The key to treating painful arthritis could lie in an age-old herbal remedy - frankincense, according to a new study. ANI

Marriage boosts survival rate for colon cancer patients
A study has found that marriage boosts the survival odds for both men and women with colon cancer at every stage of the disease. ANI

African grey parrot think the same logic as humans and apes
Parrots are capable of intelligent reasoning, according to a new study in which an African grey parrot was found to be capable of working out the location of hidden food using the kind of deduction and elimination skills previously seen only in humans and apes. ANI

High doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs up diabetes risk
Intensive doses of cholesterol-lowering pills called statins significantly increase the risk of new-onset diabetes compared with moderate-dose therapy, according to a new study. ANI

Why low birth weight often leads to obesity later in life
A study involving an Indian-origin researcher has shed light on the link between low birth weights and obesity later in life. ANI

Blueberries can help build strong, healthy bones
Compounds in blueberries may have a powerful effect on the formation of strong and healthy bones, according to a new study. ANI

How our eyes can sense Earth's magnetism
A new study has found that the human retina protein, CRY2, has the molecular capability to function as a light-sensitive magnetic sensor. ANI

Drugs for rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis may cut diabetes risk
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital have found that two disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) are associated with a reduced risk for the development of diabetes in psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis patients. ANI

Mystery ingredient in coffee helps fight Alzheimer's disease
A new Alzheimer's study by University of South Florida researchers has found that a yet unidentified component of coffee that interacts with the beverage's caffeine boosts blood levels of a critical growth factor that seems to fight off the Alzheimer's disease process. ANI

First map of Arctic sea-ice thickness revealed
Scientists have revealed the first map of sea-ice thickness from ESA's CryoSat mission, and the new information is set to change our understanding of the complex relationship between ice and climate. ANI

Genetic link to rare heart failure in pregnant women identified
The first genetic mutation ever associated with a mysterious and potentially devastating form of heart disease that affects women in the final weeks of pregnancy or the first few months after delivery have been identified by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute. ANI

Unique molecular mechanism offers new treatments for multiple sclerosis
University of Nottingham scientists have discovered a molecular mechanism, which could bring about the development of new treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) - a chronic inflammatory disease of the central nervous system. ANI

Obese teen girls at more than twice the risk to be addicted to smoking
Obese adolescent girls have more than twice the risk for high-level nicotine addiction in young adulthood, according to a new study. ANI

Galaxies are either 'awake' or 'asleep', find astronomers
Astronomers have discovered that galaxies in the distant universe behave in one of two ways - they are either awake or asleep, actively forming stars or are not forming any new stars at all. ANI

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