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world Updated: Oct 23, 2012 02:11 IST

Handshakes can seal a deal
London: A firm handshake, which some might think is rather old-fashioned, can still help to seal a deal, researchers say.

According to researchers, the gesture can reinforce positive impressions and even undo bad ones.

The claim comes from a team at the University of Illinois in the US that scanned the brains of 18 people who watched footage of businessmen meeting for the first time.

Important areas of the brain responded to seeing the handshakes, with Dr Sanda Dolcos saying that the results showed the gesture had "a positive impact."

In addition, the nucleus accumbens - a region of the brain that is sensitive to rewards - showed greater activity for meetings with handshakes than for those without.

Woman raised in jungle by monkeys
London: The tale of a Yorkshire housewife, who spent five years in her childhood with a colony of capuchin monkeys in Colombia, is going to be told for the first time in a book and planned TV documentary, it has been revealed.

Marina Chapman learnt how to catch birds and rabbits with her bare hands after being abandoned in the jungle by kidnappers.

The Tarzan-like episode was brought to an end when she was discovered by hunters but her ordeal continued when she was sold to a brothel in the city of Cucuta and groomed for prostitution.

Chapman escaped and spent years on the streets, sometimes being arrested and kept in a cell but was eventually taken in by a Colombian family to work as a maid in her mid-teens, and took the name of Marina Luz in the 1970s.

Parents arguing for money bad for kids
New York: Parents who want to teach their kids the value of money should stop arguing over finances, according to a new study.

Kids whose parents argue about finances rack up more credit-card debt in their college years than kids of parents who don't fight over money, researchers from the East Carolina University have found.

"It is clear that the influence of parents cannot be underplayed," the researchers wrote.

The study was published in the Journal of Family and Economic Issues.

Magazines at clinics can spread germs
London: Do you often leaf through a glossy magazine while awaiting your turn at a doctor's clinic? Beware. Experts have warned that magazines cluttered in the doctor's waiting room could do more harm than good by spreading germs.

They insist that magazines should be thrown out or recycled after just a week and not left out to be leafed through by patients for a very long time.