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Can you secure your mobile phone with a fingerprint?

Can you secure your mobile phone with a fingerprint?

People, please be careful while setting fingerprint-based security systems of your cell phone, as a study suggests that similarities in partial fingerprints may be sufficient to trick biometric security systems on smartphones.

According to researchers, the vulnerability lies in the fact that fingerprint-based authentication systems feature small sensors that do not capture a user's full fingerprint. Instead, they scan and store partial fingerprints and many phones allow users to enroll several different fingers in their authentication system.

Now, assessing heart disease risk is within arm's reach, says study

Now, assessing heart disease risk is within arm's reach, says study

US researchers have found an important diagnostic tool in which peripheral arteries, easily accessible by ultrasound, may be useful for assessing a patient's risk for damage or disease in the heart's major blood vessels.

The study appeared in the journal of The Anatomical Record.

Atherosclerosis, commonly known as hardening of the arteries, has long been seen as a strong indicator of coronary artery disease.

Vaccine-chemotherapy combo offers hope for deadly brain cancer patients

Vaccine-chemotherapy combo offers hope for deadly brain cancer patients

A team of researchers may have just hit pay dirt with a new combination therapy for a particularly aggressive form of brain cancer-glioblastoma.

The Duke University study found that a vaccine targeting cytomegalovirus (CMV) antigen pp65, combined with high-dose chemotherapy (temozolomide), improved both progression-free survival and overall survival for a small group of glioblastoma (GBM) patients.

Gambling addicts have poor ability to assess high risk situations, suggests study

Gambling addicts have poor ability to assess high risk situations, suggests study

Gambling addicts, beware!

A new study suggests that gambling addicts have a poor ability to assess and adapt to high risk situations.

The study was published in journal ' Translational Psychiatry'.

Gambling addiction is a mental disorder characterised by excessive risk-taking despite negative results.

We noticed that gambling addicts also have higher levels of mood and anxiety disorders. Hence pleasure may not be the main goal, but rather an inability to properly recognize risk and adapt accordingly," said lead author Hidehiko Takahashi.

Researchers discover new method to diagnose atherosclerosis

Researchers discover new method to diagnose atherosclerosis

People with heart diseases can take a sigh of relief. Researchers have found a method to assess heart diseases which is within everyone's reach.

According to a new study, the scientists found that peripheral arteries, easily accessible by ultrasound, may be useful for assessing a patient's risk for ischemic cardiovascular disease, thus becoming an important diagnostic tool.

The study was published in the Anatomical Record.

Eat Chia everyday for your daily dose of happiness

Eat Chia everyday for your daily dose of happiness

Good news! Kill depression with 'Chia', says expert, while adding that the superfood is one of the richest sources of plant based omega-3 fats that may help in bringing positive mood in people.

Depression has not been taken with much seriousness for long, due to social stigma or lack of awareness and diagnosis but is now an acknowledged malady that affects growing numbers of people across the world.

A protein discovered to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A protein discovered to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A new study discovers a protein - Cd14 gene - to offer protection against Inflammatory Bowel Disease - characterised by chronic relapsing inflammation of all or part of the digestive tract - by enhancing the intestinal barrier function.

The study appeared in journal of Pathology.

Researchers identified Cd14 in a genetic screen in a mouse-model system for IBD and showed that the Cd14 molecule plays a protective role in their model system of intestinal function in mice.

Smaller brain structure ups anxiety level, negative thoughts: Study

Smaller brain structure ups anxiety level, negative thoughts: Study

A team of US researchers has found that healthy adults, who have smaller Inferior Frontal Cortex - a brain region behind the temples that helps regulate thoughts and emotions, are more likely to suffer from anxiety, associated with more bias towards negative thoughts.

According to the study, these people also tend to view neutral or even positive events in a negative light.

The findings, published in journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, indicated that larger IFC volume is protecting against negative bias through lower levels of trait anxiety.

Vitamin B can protect your heart from air pollution

Vitamin B can protect your heart from air pollution

You may want to take a diet rich in B vitamins as a recent study has suggested that it can help keep you from succumbing to air-pollution-induced heart problems.

In the research conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, healthy non-smokers who took vitamin B supplements nearly reversed any negative effects on their cardiovascular and immune systems, weakening the effects of air pollution on heart rate by 150 percent, total white blood count by 139 percent, and lymphocyte count by 106 percent.

There's an epidemic of sexual assaults in nursing homes

There's an epidemic of sexual assaults in nursing homes

A new study has examined the issue of sexual assault in nursing homes.

The report found that the most vulnerable residents are likely to become victims; legal examinations were infrequent due to administration complexities and training and institutional policy and nursing homes are not adequately equipped to deal with sexual assault cases.

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