Using the hot-air dryers common in bathrooms can undo that handy hygienic work. Hot-air dryers suck in bacteria and hardy bacterial spores loitering in the bathroom—perhaps launched into the air by whooshing toilet flushes—and fire them directly at your freshly cleaned hands, according to a study published in the April issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. The authors of the study, led by researchers at the University of Connecticut, found that adding HEPA filters to the dryers can reduce germ-spewing four-fold. However, the data hints that places like infectious disease research facilities and healthcare settings may just want to ditch the dryers and turn to trusty towels.
The research findings and other data show that hot-air dryers and jet dryers can launch and disperse germs from hands into the air and onto surfaces—essentially setting off a very dirty bathroom bomb. But the new study clearly demonstrates that the less powerful hot-air dryers can also bathe hands with germs already swirling in the wash room.
The researchers speculated that “one reason hand dryers may disperse so many bacteria is the large amount of air that passes through hand dryers, 19,000 linear feet/min at the nozzle. The convection generated by high airflow below the hand dryer nozzles could also draw in room air.”
Connected devices are working their way into the healthcare field. Doctors and nurses are starting to use wearable tech to help monitor their patients from afar — using technology to collect patient data that would usually be taken at the doctor’s office.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is working with cloud-based technology company Medidata to develop activity trackers that gather data on cancer patients, logging their day-to-day actions in hopes doctors will find it easier to treat and potentially one day diagnose cancer.
The band from AliveCor just earned FDA approval to read heart rates through the Apple Watch
Apple reportedly is also working on embedding its smartwatch with an EKG reader of its own
. And researchers have also turned to the Apple Watch to use the device to monitor and collect information on those with Major Depressive Disorder.
In a new study carried out by researchers from the University of Montreal, scientists examined the link between 3D-platform games and growth in different brains areas among older people. They were particularly interested in the gray matter in a part of the brain called the hippocampus, which is used for memory building. The loss of gray matter in the hippocampus is associated with neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s.
Their findings indicated that the Super Mario 64 training led to increased gray matter in the hippocampus, along with another structure called the cerebellum, which is important for motor control and balance.
The scientists hypothesized that 3D platformers are good because they ask people to explore a new environment, and to memorize it. When people do that, they form a cognitive map, meaning an internal representation of the environment, which they can then use to navigate. We know from past research involving both humans and rodents that this promotes activity in the hippocampus.
Klemens Schillinger’s Substitute Phones are made of high-quality, heavy-duty plastic designed to mimic the look and feel of a traditional smartphone. The devices feature stone beads which are designed to simulate the various gestures one would make on their smartphone. They’re like phone-shaped fidget spinners. The same tactile urge to touch and swipe like your actual smartphone does, is fulfilled, but will give you a break from the constant text messages and notifications.The calming limitation can also offer help for smartphone addicts to cope with withdrawal symptoms.
Several years ago, breast implants became the biggest thing in plastic surgery. They were expensive and had quite a stigma, however soon after, the general public grew to accept them as a woman’s choice and nobody’s business. I fo you could afford it so be it!
Today, it looks like women are starting to swing in the opposite direction. Surgeons across North America have noted a steady increase in the number of women having their implants permanently removed. Implants need to be replaced every 10 to 15 years, and a lot of women are just having them taken out instead. In the past year, about 4,000 Canadian women have had breast ‘explant’ surgery. In the United States, about 40,000 women have their implants removed a year. So why the shift?
Women are ex-ing the implants for a number of reasons including:
Shifting body image trends, health concerns and more natural alternatives. Like with fashion, technology or anything else, body image goes through phases and trends. Ten years ago, a woman’s ‘ideal body’ (cue eye-roll) included large breasts. Now, with our culture’s emphasis on clean living and healthy eating, the ‘ideal body’ (another eye-roll) is trending toward a more athletic build, including a smaller chest.
There has also always been a concern that breast implants could leak or cause a negative reaction. Although the technology has become much safer since it was first introduced, putting any foreign material in your body is always a risk. Certain types of implants have even been related to rare cancers.