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Nov 2, 2016

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Facebook Could Be Associated With a Longer Life, Study Finds

As our social lives have moved onto social media sites like Facebook over the past decade, there’s been a lot of hand-wringing over what all that screen time might be doing to our health. But according to a new paper, time spent on social media could be associated with a longer life.

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Here's What Your Instagram Feed Says About Your Mental Health

Instagram can be a good indicator of a person’s mental health. At least that’s what two researchers, Harvard University’s Andrew Reece and the University of Vermont’s Chris Danforth, have written in a recent report. The study was based on 166 volunteers who were recruited from Amazon Mechanical...

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Aug 8, 2016

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How Your Health Data Lead A Not-So-Secret Life Online

There are apps that can help people with diabetes keep track of their blood sugar and apps that can attach to a blood pressure cuff and store blood pressure information. I use an app called ZocDoc to schedule and manage doctor's appointments. Every time I see a therapist or a primary care doctor or...

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Ice Bucket Challenge's 2nd anniversary celebrates its gene discovery

Throwback to 2014, the year of the Ellen DeGeneres Oscar selfie, Pharrell's giant hat,and the Ice Bucket Challenge.

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Jul 26, 2016

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Deirdre

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Ending STI and HIV Stigma Through Social Media 

In 2014 the CDC reported almost 2 million new cases of the top three sexually transmitted infections (STIs), chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis – all increases from the year before.

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Jun 13, 2016

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Remi

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Navigating Fertility Clinics with a Click

Jake Anderson and Deborah Bialis of San Francisco planned to start a family not long after their wedding in 2012. But they soon ran into a roadblock: infertility. At 27, Ms.

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May 31, 2016

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Deirdre

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Doctors fire back at bad Yelp reviews — and reveal patients’ information online

Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients' privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism. In the course of these arguments -- which have spilled out publicly on ratings sites like Yelp — doctors, dentists, chiropractors and...

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Why So Many Doctors Are Advising Startups

It's less about the money than trying to solve the right problems. Ethan Weiss, a cardiologist at UC San Francisco, spends long hours at the hospital treating patients. But between shifts, he takes calls with health-technology entrepreneurs to offer them advice and feedback.

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Apr 27, 2016

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Sad People Aren’t Ignored on Facebook

Facebook, the sixth-most valuable company in the world, is now large enough to conduct its own scientific research about itself. One study, announced this month, seems to reflect a worry within the company that people don’t think they can turn to their social network for support.

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VR Live Streamed Surgery Brings You Straight to the Operating Room

LONDON — Now anyone can be fully immersed in the Royal London Hospital's operating theatre — without having to become a patient.

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