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Posted:
Oct 21, 2016

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Emily S

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To Get Doctors to Do the Right Thing, Try Comparing Them to Their Peers

Can an electronic nudge help doctors do the right thing when it comes to patient care?  Health-care providers are exploring how electronic record keeping and digital communication can be used to influence doctors on a wide range of actions, including following up on worrisome test results, making a...

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Nov 16, 2015

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Maggie

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Assessing the Fitness of Wearable Tech

Like many people who grew up long before personal computers and cellphones became ubiquitous, I’ve never tried a fitness tracker. I already know I walk about five miles a day, in addition to my daily swim. My weight is stable within a range of two pounds. I prefer to remain accountable only to...

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Sep 22, 2015

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Deirdre

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Apps are making health claims. But they may not have the science to back them up.

There's an app for everything these days. Some smartphone apps claim to detect cancer, improve mental concentration, or even help you see better.  But not all may have science that backs up their claims.

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May 21, 2015

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Emily S

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Researchers Use Fake iPhone Ads to Examine Stigmas of Race, Class Online

Let's say you're in the market for an iPhone, used, online. Consider this ad: "I'm selling my black iPhone 5. It's in great condition and includes all of the original items -- head phones, box, charger. It's never been dropped or scratched."  At $340, it's a good deal, about 10 percent cheaper than...

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Posted:
May 12, 2015

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Deirdre

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How to Solve the E.R. Problem

Back in 2009, a big selling point of health care reform was the idea that expanding insurance coverage would increase Americans’ access to preventive and primary care and decrease the unnecessary use of emergency rooms, saving billions.

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Posted:
May 4, 2015

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Deirdre

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How Not to Drown in Numbers

BIG data will save the world. How often have we heard that over the past couple of years? We’re pretty sure both of us have said something similar dozens of times in the past few months.

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Posted:
Apr 6, 2015

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Deirdre

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Gamification harnesses the power of games to motivate

Walk through any public area and you’ll see people glued to their phones, playing mobile games like Game of War and Candy Crush Saga. They aren’t alone. 59% of Americans play video games, and contrary to stereotypes, 48% of gamers are women. The US $100 billion video game industry is among the...

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Jan 19, 2015

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Deirdre

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Popular medical students 'should get flu jab first'

Prioritising medical students with lots of friends for flu jabs could help increase the number of healthcare workers protected against the virus, say Lancaster University researchers.

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Posted:
Jan 5, 2015

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Maggie

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What Heroin Addiction Tells Us About Changing Bad Habits

It's a tradition as old as New Year's: making resolutions. We will not smoke, or sojourn with the bucket of mint chocolate chip. In fact, we will resist sweets generally, including the bowl of M&M's that our co-worker has helpfully positioned on the aisle corner of his desk. There will be...

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