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We recently reviewed a large number of research articles published (MEDLINE) between 1970 and March 2011 and found that prolonged TV watching can lead to either Cardiovascular Disease, TYPE 2 DIABETES or DEATH. There is direct proportionality between the number of hours spent on watching TV and the outcome as morbidity or mortality.

It is therefore a professional responsibility of the medical/paramedical professionals to warn the patients, especially from industrialized societies, to be aware of this hazard.

Sedentary life style is already known as an independent risk factor of cardiovascular disease, stroke by causing enhanced atherosclerosis.

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Recently research has highlighted the fact that mobile phones of hospital patients and their visitors carry a higher risk for bacterial growth (colonization) than do the mobile phones of healthcare workers, according to the results of a cross-sectional study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Infection Control. The study determined whether mobile phones of patients their visitors carry any pathogenic bacteria likely to cause infection in hospital wards.

Swab samples were collected from the keypads, microphones, and earpieces of 200 mobile phones, including 67 mobile phones belonging to healthcare workers and 133 belonging to patients, patients’ companions, and visitors. Pathogenic bacteria were cultured from 40% of mobile phones of the patients and visitors compared with 20% of mobile phones of the healthcare workers. Multidrug-resistant pathogens were cultured from 7 mobile phones of patients and visitors compared with none of the mobile phones of healthcare workers.

It is strongly stressed that specific infection control measures may be required for this threat. It is assumed by the researchers that low socioeconomic status of the patients and awareness about the hospital hygiene were the most possible reasons for the colonization of multidrug-resistant pathogen on their mobile phones.

In addition to medical personnel, infection control professionals must also consider patients’ mobile phones as a potential source of infection.

(Am J Infect Control. 2011;39:379-381).

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