How Often Should I Clean My Phone?

The world is a giant petri dish. You and everything you come into contact with are carpeted with bacteria—so there’s no escaping microorganisms. The good news is that the vast majority of them are either benign or beneficial. That’s true even of those infamous “fecal bacteria.” While a sick person’s excrement harbors illness-causing germs, a healthy person’s poop—though gross—usually isn’t dangerous. (If you’ve read anything about fecal transplants, you know that the bacteria in feces may in some cases confer health benefits.) So even if your smartphone is enveloped in an invisible aura of bacteria—and it surely is—most of those bacteria pose no threat to you. “It’s unusual that the general bacteria healthy people leave on surfaces like our phones will make us sick,” says Emily Toth Martin, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan. That said, germs that can sicken you are out there. And because many of us touch our phones while we eat meals, extra caution is warranted when it comes to these devices. Illness-causing germs—including the types that cause food poisoning, common colds and other infections—can only make you sick if they enter your body, says Philip Tierno, a clinical professor of microbiology and pathology at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine. They tend to do that by clinging to your hands and then sloughing o...
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Authors: Ruggiero T, Pol R, Camisassa D, Simiele S, Giaccone L, Carossa S Abstract The purpose of the study is to evaluate the clinical effects of Mucosamin® (a spray preparation containing sodium hyaluronate combined with a pool of amino acids of precursor collagen, including L-Proline, L-Leucine, L-Lysine and glycine) on wound healing and pain management of oral mucositis after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The importance of professional dental hygiene by dental hygienist in reducing the severity of oral mucositis as unique therapy or in addition to therapy with Mucosamin® was also evaluated. O...
Source: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: J Biol Regul Homeost Agents Source Type: research
In this study, a collagen-induced arthritis (CIA) model was established to simulate rheumatoid arthritis (RA) using two intradermal injections of bovine type II collagen and Freund’s complete adjuvant mixture given at two-week intervals. Subsequently, the transplantation of human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUC-MSCs) was used to treat RA and the treatment efficacy, as well as the possible regulatory mechanism underlying hUC-MSC transplantation, was observed. During the study, forty rats were randomly divided into four groups and their blood samples were collected at different time points to measure levels of se...
Source: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents - Category: Biomedical Science Tags: J Biol Regul Homeost Agents Source Type: research
We report on three cases of C3 glomerulopathy in the context of de novo monoclonal gammopathy after kidney transplantation. PMID: 29914760 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Nefrologia : publicacion oficial de la Sociedad Espanola Nefrologia - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Nefrologia Source Type: research
In this study we specifically interrogated the transcriptional signatures of animals treated with FR104 monotherapy and FR104/Sirolimus combination therapy
Source: GEO: Gene Expression Omnibus - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Tags: Expression profiling by array Macaca mulatta Source Type: research
Contributors : Bin Zou ; Yu-feng LiuSeries Type : Expression profiling by high throughput sequencingOrganism : Mus musculusThe bone marrow niche plays a critical role in controlling the fate of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) by integrating intrinsic and extrinsic signals. However, the molecular events in the HSC niche remain to be investigated. Here, we report that intercellular  adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) maintains HSC quiescence and repopulation capacity in the niche. ICAM-1-deficient mice (ICAM-1-/-) displayed significant expansion of phenotypic long-term HSCs with impaired quiescence, as well as ...
Source: GEO: Gene Expression Omnibus - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Tags: Expression profiling by high throughput sequencing Mus musculus Source Type: research
Abstract: Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) is the primary cause of morbidity and non–relapse-related mortality after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. GVHD is classically divided into acute and chronic forms; acute cutaneous GVHD presents as a morbilliform eruption, whereas chronic cutaneous GVHD presents with lichen planus–like or sclerodermoid morphology. Psoriasiform GVHD is a rarely described subtype that is challenging to distinguish clinically from psoriasis. In addition to classic psoriasiform histologic findings, demonstration of an often subtle vacuolar interface dermatitis and lymphocyte sate...
Source: The American Journal of Dermatopathology - Category: Pathology Tags: Brief Report Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: There are many poisonous plants in Asian countries. This case highlights the possibility of accidental or intentional use of Gloriosa seeds or its extracts to cause potentially fatal poisoning. It would be difficult to identify Gloriosa as the cause of poisoning without any background information because of multiple complications that can mimic a systemic infection. This case is a good example of the use of plants as biological weapons. PMID: 27324655 [PubMed - in process]
Source: BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: BMC Pharmacol Toxicol Source Type: research
In this study the authors demonstrate that, as in many other cases, the methodology of delivery matters just as much as the details of the cells used: Retinal and macular degenerative diseases affect millions of people worldwide. Similar to other neurodegenerative diseases, there are no effective treatments that can stop retinal degeneration or restore degenerative retina. Recent advances in stem cell technology led to development of novel cell-based therapies, some are already in phase I/II clinical trials. Studies from our group and others suggest that human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBM-MSC) m...
Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
Alex Lewis, 35, from Hampshire, was given just a three per cent chance of survival after a common cold triggered a strep A infection, blood poisoning and toxic shock syndrome.
Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Please support the Beauty Brains by signing up for a free audio book at Click here to get your free audio book. Do hand creams stop your skin from regenerating? Julia from Germany asks…I have very dry skin so I use hand cream a lot. I read an article that said if you use too much hand cream the skin on your hands can not regenerate properly anymore because it becomes dependent on the hand cream. Is this true? I wish Julia had included a link to the article so we could get more details but without further information we have to say this sounds like a misunderstand. There’s nothing about t...
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