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Dec 7, 2016

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Christina

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The FBI Is Investigating Me Because I Tweeted A Joke About Fake News

This is a story about how the FBI came to investigate a joke I tweeted about fake news.

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Nov 30, 2016

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Christina

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Raising media-savvy kids in an era of fake news

This just in! Breaking news! You don't want to miss THIS!

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Jun 20, 2016

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Emily S

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Is your child’s pediatrician better than a smartphone? No? Get a new pediatrician.

There’s no doubt that technology is changing the face of medicine. Today, surgeons can perform minimally invasive procedures with the assistance of a robot or replace missing limbs with bionic ones. Radiologists can read imaging studies from halfway around the world. There are specialists providing...

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How Facebook 'likes' could dent ISIS's recruiting efforts

Terrorism is a very real threat no matter where you happen to live, and the individuals looking to brainwash new recruits often find them online. The fight against ISIS is happening everywhere, including social networks, and a counter-speech solution has been found in an industry that might...

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Sep 14, 2015

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Emily S

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Self-Diagnosing Online? Study Finds Sites Are Only Accurate About Half Of The Time

There’s a new warning for those of us who go online to figure out why we have a stomach ache or a nagging cough or occasional chest pain.  Symptom checkers — those tools that let you enter information and then produce a diagnosis — are accurate about half of the time, according to a study out of...

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Sep 29, 2014

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Maggie

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Will .Health Make It More Likely That You'll Get Scammed?

You wake up feeling gross – stuffy and full of aches. A quick Google search of your symptoms confirms that yes, you probably have a cold and not the plague. But what if you were directed to a site that had a legitimate sounding name but wasn't really accurate at all? It sounds like a problem from...

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Sep 17, 2014

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Maggie

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In Practice: The Yelp Phenomenon

Patients can complain about their medical experiences on Yelp, snap photos of doctor's offices for their Instagram account, and even post pictures of a doctor conducting an exam to Facebook, all "invasions" of privacy that would be actionable if it were a doctor posting about a patient.

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Aug 29, 2014

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Maggie

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How Feedback Biases Give Ineffective Medical Treatments a Good Reputation

We propose the following explanation. Irrespective of effectiveness, medical treatments typically result in a distribution of outcomes with some people improving, some deteriorating, and others experiencing little change. Suppose that the people who have more positive outcomes are more inclined to...

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