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In a new British study, a whopping 87 percent of people surveyed admitted to living by the "Five Second Rule", believing if they dropped a piece of food, but quickly scooped it up and wiped it off, it was safe to eat.

You've been there: You've dropped food on the floor. Did you still eat it? If you did, or you do, there's good news.

Researchers at Aston University in Birmingham, England found that while germs on the floor do transfer onto the things we drop, they'd don't do it very effectively if you pick the food up quickly.

To test the "Five Second Rule," they dropped different kinds of food on 3 types of surfaces: tile, laminate and carpet - that had been treated with germs like e. Coli and staph.

They found germs were least likely to cling to food dropped on the carpet, and moist or stick foods were the most likely to pick up bacteria. But, if you're not sure?  Toss it!

In another story making health headlines, 15 years after he became the country's first hand transplant recipient, Matthew Scott of New Jersey came back to thank doctors at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.

Scott told reporters, "When I came to Louisville, I was a little broken.  And this saved me, it really, really did"

Scott, who lost his dominant left hand in a firecracker accident, says his surgery made a huge difference in his life. He says, "The 15 years since then have nothing less than spectacular for me, it was life- saving"

His surgeon says Scott has excellent range of motion in his wrist and hand and fingers.

And the final story making health headlines this week – is pretty eye-opening.
Researchers at Boston Medical Center found parents may be much more focused on their smartphones than they realize - to the point of zoning out their kids.

In the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers spied on parents eating with their kids at Boston-area fast food restaurants.
Of the 55 groups they watched, 40 of the adults got on their phones to text, or talk or send email during their meal. Many stayed on the phone the whole time, ignoring their children.

Researchers say the more time a parent stayed on phone, the more likely the child was to act out in a bid to get the adult's attention.

Parenting experts say you don't have to swear off your cellphone, but you should take a look at how much you are using it. And you might want to pocket it, during one-one-one time with your kids, like dinnertime and bedtime.

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