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Senior Obama administration officials say the U.S. military launched a secret mission earlier this summer to rescue a number of Americans held captive by militants in Syria but failed to find them.Full Story >
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A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side. The crash happened early Wednesday afternoon in Colerain Township. A funeral procession was headedFull Story >
A car smashed into the side of a hearse during a funeral procession Wednesday, knocking it on its side.Full Story >
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The man at the center of what's been called one of the largest ponzi schemes in Ohio's history is asking for a shorter prison sentence. In January, Glen Galemmo admitted publicly for the first time thatFull Story >
The man at the center of what's been called one of the largest ponzi schemes in Ohio's history is asking for a shorter prison sentence. Full Story >
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
It's the one accessory you never leave home without: your cell phone. Sometimes it may seem like a cell phone is more like an extension of our hand, going everywhere and anywhere.
"I carry my cell phone around. It's in my purse; my children are playing with it. I bring it to the bathroom sometimes multi-tasking," said dermatologist Dr. Laci Theunissen.
That means some nasty little organisms may be hitch-hiking from one surface to the phone's surface, which is then applied directly to your face.
"A lot of people don't think about it," said Theunissen.
To find out just what is lurking on that surface, we took a few cell phones to the Our Lady of the Lake School of Clinical Laboratory Sciences.
There, a qualified student swabbed each phone, and transferred the swab to a small disk designed to let bacteria grow. The swabs were then incubated for about three days at 35 degrees Celsius which is roughly equal to body temperature.
The results looked like some sort of nightmarish abstract painting. Several different bacteria were identified, including streptococcus- a cousin of strep throat- and staphylococcus- a cousin of the dreaded staph infection.
However, there is good news.
"This is normal flora," explained lab student Joel Bracey. "This stuff is not harmful, so people don't need to be afraid of their cell phones just because I found staph on there."
Dermatologist Dr. Laci Theunissen wasn't surprised by the findings, but she admits that some flora they may not have shown up on the test could contribute to acne in some of her patients.
"One consideration when a patient comes for the treatment of acne, especially if it's along the jaw line, is to ask them, "What side do you talk on your cell phone? Do you talk on your cell phone often? Do you use a headset or do you use ear piece?'" said Theunissen.
Turns out, the constant pressure and contact of the cell phone along with the bacteria found on the surface of phones can aggravate the skin, and add to acne breakouts. Dr. Theunissen says athletes who use chin straps often have the same problem.
"If you think about all the cell phone goes through in a day and then you keep it on your face talking on it, you can see how bacteria can be transferred," she said.
However, you don't have to live in fear of your cell phone. Doctors recommend using an alcohol swab or antibacterial wipe to clean your phone. You can also start using headphones to keep the phone's surface away from your skin, and of course, wash your hands frequently.
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Lyndi Trischler has a passion for police work. She became a Florence Police officer in February 2012. Last year, she welcomed her first daughter and a few months later became pregnant with her firstFull Story >
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The Madeira man who shot at his wife at their home in Madeira earlier this month could get up to 11 years in prison. Hamilton Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced the indictment of Blake Seylhouwer WednesdayFull Story >
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You may be a hot mess after reading some of these cray new words added to the Oxford Online Dictionary. While some of the new words are pretty amazeballs, others have us scratching our heads. Britain'sFull Story >
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