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Swipe your mobile 3 times a day with saline wipes to keep it bacteria-free

Swipe your mobile 3 times a day with saline wipes to keep it bacteria-freeWashington, March 17: Swiping your pager or cell phone just three times with a simple tissue moistened with saline would help you get rid of most of the bacteria, according to a new study.

But if you only have time for a single swipe of a ''dirty'' phone - you''d be better off reaching for a disinfectant wipe, said the study.

Bacteria more likely to adopt ''loner'' genes than well-connected ones

Bacteria more likely to adopt ''loner'' genes than well-connected onesWashington, March 17: Scientists have finally found why bacteria are more likely to steal some genes than others after a study of more than three dozen bacteria species- including the microbes responsible for pneumonia, meningitis, stomach ulcers and plague.

New gene therapy reverses Parkinson''s symptoms

New gene therapy reverses Parkinson''s symptomsWashington, March 17: Scientists have developed a novel gene therapy called NLX-P101 that dramatically reduces movement impairment in Parkinson''s patients.

The approach introduces a gene into the brain to normalize chemical signalling.

Prevalence of heavy smokers decreases in US

heavy-smokersWashington, Mar 16 : The number of heavy smokers has declined substantially in the U. S., according to a new study.

From 1965 to 2007, the population prevalence of persons who smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day declined significantly, and there was also a decrease in the prevalence of smoking 10 or more cigarettes a day, with these declines greater in California than in the rest of the U. S.

Colored light sources paving way for new office, home-based skin devices

laser-treatmentsWashington, Mar 16 : Scientists have suggested that just like lasers, even non-laser lights could be useful in treating common skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and aging skin.

In fact, lights of different colors are being used in several in-office and at-home therapies that offer consumers an alternative to more expensive laser treatments, but all may not be equally effective.

Insulin-releasing switch found

Insulin-releasing switch foundWashington, Mar 16: A new study has uncovered the molecular switch for the secretion of insulin - the hormone that regulates blood sugar - providing for the first time an explanation of this process.

In a report, Johns Hopkins researchers say the work solves a longtime mystery and may lead to better treatments for type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease.

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