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Nov 2, 2016

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Emily S

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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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Lower-income Americans getting 'digital health,' too

When we hear the phrase "digital health," we might think about our Fitbit, the healthy eating app on our smartphone, or maybe a new way to email our doctor.

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Jun 9, 2016

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Emily S

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Microsoft Finds Cancer Clues in Search Queries

Microsoft scientists have demonstrated that by analyzing large samples of search engine queries they may in some cases be able to identify internet users who are suffering from pancreatic cancer, even before they have received a diagnosis of the disease.

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Inventing A Machine That Spits Out Drugs In A Whole New Way

In a lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, all the work that happens in a vast pharmaceutical manufacturing plant happens in a device the size of your kitchen refrigerator.  And it’s fast. This prototype machine produces 1,000 pills in 24 hours, faster than it can take to produce some...

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Giving New Doctors the Tools They Need

They say if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. I wonder, then, why my toolbox often seems so inadequate for fixing my patients.

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Lagos, Africa’s largest economy, is also a startup incubator

Lagos, Nigeria is Africa’s largest economy and one of the fastest growing cities in the world – Lagos is expected to double in size in the next 15 years, according to the Populations Reference Bureau.  And in recent years the port city has become an incubator for some of the continent’s biggest...

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Drug Tests Take Cue From Travel Site to Fix Industry Headache

Pablo Graiver aims to make signing up for a drug study as easy as booking a flight on the Web.  The 47-year-old Argentinian entrepreneur, a former executive at the airfare search engine kayak.com, has designed a new tool that draws from the travel industry to match scientists looking to test...

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Jan 27, 2016

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Christina

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Warning labels on sugary drinks could deter parents from choosing them

Health warning labels on sugary drinks may steer parents away from buying these beverages for their children, according to a new study.

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Jan 25, 2016

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Deirdre

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Disease Sleuths Analyze Google Searches To Stop Infections

With sexually transmitted diseases on the rise, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago think they might have a powerful new weapon to fight their spread: Google searches.

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Jan 12, 2016

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Deirdre

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In Cambodia, 'Lucky' Iron Fish For The Cooking Pot Could Fight Anemia

In 2008, Canadian student Christopher Charles was working in rural Cambodia, living in a typical Cambodian house on stilts. He had no electricity, no running water and, he says, a lot of time to sit around and think.

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