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Now, furniture that snaps together with help from magnets

Now, furniture that snaps together with help from magnetsNew York, Dec. 30 - A new magnetic furniture that snaps together without the need for a screwdriver is doing the rounds within the design world.

Benjamin Vermeulen 's 'MAG' (Magnetic Assisted Geometry) range first debuted at Dutch Design Week in October this year, caused quite a stir, the New York Daily News reported.

The range includes a chair, desk and a set of modular cabinets, held together by powerful magnets, and can be assembled and disassembled without any effect on the pieces' structural integrity.

New $5K counselling service can spare you the awkward parts of online dating

New $5K counselling service can spare you the awkward parts of online datingNew York, Dec 28 - Dating site eHarmony has added a counselling service to its offerings similar to the one Ben Stiller's character shelled out 500 dollars for in 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.'

However, the real-life version will cost you 5,000 dollars a year, the New York Post reported.

The dating giant, whose aim was to make matchmaking so easy anyone could do it themselves, surveyed 15,000 members who earn more than 250,000 dollars a year and found that there was huge demand for a personal counsellor that can not only sift through matches but can also help you with your profile.

Prism adaptation therapy hope for spatial neglect

Prism adaptation therapy hope for spatial neglectNew York, Dec 28 - Spatial neglect, an under-recognised but disabling disorder, often complicates recovery from right brain stroke.

Now there is some hope for such patients as stroke rehabilitation researchers have reported improvement in those suffering from spatial neglect with prism adaptation therapy - used to rehabilitate the visuo-spatial deficits of neurological disorders such as unilateral neglect.

This new study, published in the journal Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, supports behavioural classification of patients with spatial neglect as a valuable tool for effective early rehabilitation.

Vaccination key to combat cervical cancer

Vaccination key to combat cervical cancerNew York, Dec 26 - Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer in women and is responsible for nearly 10 percent of cancer deaths in women - particularly in developing countries. In India, it kills over 74,000 women every year.

Now, researchers have completed a systematic and comprehensive genomic analysis of cervical cancer in two different populations - identifying recurrent genetic mutations that were not previously found in cervical cancer.

The findings also capture the role that human papillomavirus (HPV), a common viral infection of the reproductive tract, plays in the development of cervical cancer.

Worst airlines in terms of quality of food in US revealed

Worst airlines in terms of quality of food in US revealedNew York, Dec 26 - A new survey has revealed that the worst airline food is offered by American carriers - Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air - in their domestic flights.

Charles Platkin of DietDetective. com , which compares and then rates the nutritional data of major carriers, said while not much is offered in terms of healthy options at Spirit, the snack boxes at Allegiant are also not great in terms of health and not just calorie-wise, the New York Post reported.

Platkin asserted that one should watch out for the Nuggets and Nuts at 600 calories and all the muffins are at least 400 calories at Spirit Airlines.

Cure for rheumatoid arthritis found in genes

Cure for rheumatoid arthritis found in genesNew York, Dec 26 - Rheumatoid arthritis, which afflicts nearly one crore people in India and affects the young and the old alike, is not merely a physical disability but also affects the human life span.

Here is a good news for such patients. Large-scale genetic studies can assist in identifying new drugs for complex disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, says an international study.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an auto-immune disease leading to inflammation and damage of the joints.

Bio-fuel jatropha back with a bang

Bio-fuel jatropha back with a bangNew York, Dec 26 - Jatropha is back in the news. Hailed as the next big thing in biofuels, jatropha attracted millions in investments, including in India, in the past. But growers soon realised that the wild bush yielded too few seeds to produce enough petroleum to be profitable.

Today, riding on advances in molecular genetics and DNA sequencing technology, a San Diego-based start-up called SG Biofuels (SGB) is using the plant seeds as biofuel, and strongly believes the seeds of this inedible, drought-resistant plants would produce high-quality oil that can be refined into low-carbon jet fuel or diesel fuel, said a New York Times report.

Knee pain? Surgery may not be a solution

Knee pain? Surgery may not be a solutionNew York, Dec 26 - Are your knees troubling you? Physical therapy may be a better solution than undergoing surgery, especially an unnecessary one, according to a new study.

Arthroscopic surgery on the torn meniscus -- the crescent-shaped cartilage that helps cushion and stabilise knees -- is quite common, but if we are to believe the study conducted in Finland, thousands of people may be undergoing unnecessary surgery.

According to the study, meniscal surgery should be aimed at a narrower group of patients and for many, physical therapy may be a better option, said a report in The New York Times.

Women better than men in fighting flu

Women better than men in fighting fluNew York, Dec 25 - When it comes to immunity, women seem to leave men -- especially those with high testosterone levels -- way behind.

If we are to believe a new study, women have a stronger immune response than men when given the flu vaccine shot.

“Now we have literature to say that women have better responses in general to infectious diseases, including flu,” Mark Davis, a professor of microbiology and immunology at the Stanford School of Medicine, was quoted as saying.

“Vaccinated women are better protected against catching the flu than vaccinated men,” he added.

'Disgraced' ex-NYC Governor Eliot Spitzer splits with wife Silda

Eliot SpitzerNew York, Dec. 25 - Former Governor of New York City, Eliot Spitzer, who had resigned in the aftermath of a prostitution scandal, has confirmed that his marriage to estranged wife Silda is over.

The couple said in a joint statement that they regret the fact that their marital relationship has come to an end and they have agreed not to make any other public statement on this subject, the New York Post reported.

The declaration came just days after it was rumored that Spitzer was dating former aide Lis Smith , who is the spokeswoman for New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

Eliot Spitzer caught 'sneaking around' with Bill de Blasio's aide

Eliot Spitzer caught 'sneaking around' with Bill de Blasio's aideNew York, December 24 : Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer was caught twice while visiting Bill de Blasio's spokeswoman's house.

The 54-year-old politician showed up late in the evening at Lis Smith 's apartment and didn't come back until early next morning, the New York Post reported.

Spitzer was spotted again as he walked to her door from Prince Street at around 10 p. m, before emerging with her an hour later and going to Le Pescadeux restaurant on the ground floor of her building.

The pair was seen sitting at a back table, while holding hands and enjoying a candlelit dinner. (ANI)

Hear it loud! Beatboxing good for throat

New York, Dec 24 - And you thought daily beatboxing practice with high-octane percussive sounds would ruin your kid’s voice?

Not really. If we believe H. Steven Sims of University of Illinois in Chicago, beatboxing may actually be gentler on vocal cords - even softer than singing itself!

Beatboxing (also beatbox) is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one's mouth, lips, tongue and voice.

“Little is known about the structures involved in beatboxing and if it poses a risk of injury to the vocal tract,” said Sims, associate professor of otolaryngology.

Get 'excited' to give your best

Get 'excited' to give your bestNew York, Dec 24 - What do you do when asked to address your client over a conference call or prepare for that crucial entrance exam? Try to remain calm or get excited?

Contrary to popular belief, the answer is not to stay calm, but to get excited and improve your performance during anxiety-inducing scenarios, according to a new study by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Popping dietary pills can harm the liver

Popping dietary pills can harm the liverNew York, Dec 23 - Next time you gulp down your favourite dietary supplement, or even take that concentrated green tea pill to burn fat, think twice.

New data suggests that the unregulated dietary supplements industry accounts for nearly 20 percent of drug-related liver injuries, up from 7 percent a decade ago.

According to a new study, reported by New York Times, teenagers are not the only consumers at risk, many are middle-aged women who turn to dietary supplements that promise to burn fat or speed up weight loss.

Evolve like plants to withstand freezing cold

Evolve like plants to withstand freezing coldNew York, Dec 23 - As north India, especially the hills, reels under freezing cold and dipping mercury, there are some lessons to be learnt from plants on how to cope with the cold.

Unlike animals, most plants can’t move to escape the cold or generate heat to keep them warm.

A team of researchers at the National Institute for Mathematical & Biological Synthesis, University of Tennessee, has found new clues to how plants evolved to withstand wintry weather.

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