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Jan 13, 2017

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Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR

When Deona Duke woke up from a medically-induced coma to begin recovering from burns that covered almost a third of her body, one of her treatments was hurling snowballs at penguins. The 13-year-old was set on fire when a bonfire exploded on her and her friend. To prevent infection, burn victims need their bandages changed and dead skin scraped away. Sometimes, even morphine isn’t enough to make that tolerable.

At the Shriners Hospital for Children in Galveston, Duke’s doctors gave her a virtual reality headset. Slipping it on, she was immersed in “SnowWorld,” an icy landscape where she got to lob snow at snowmen and igloos. The Texas hospital is one of the few trying out virtual reality to relieve pain.

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Posted:
Mar 7, 2014

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Maggie

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Watch out Barbie: Average body Lammily doll is coming

An artist has raised enough crowd-sourced funds to design a doll with normal body proportions in response to Barbie's unrealistic body. In less than a day, Nickolay Lamm of Pittsburgh has exceeded his $95,000 goal to produce a first run of the Lammily doll. Link to the full article.Article originally published in USA Today

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Mar 6, 2014

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Twitter Can Detect HIV Outbreaks in Real-Time, Study Says

A team of UCLA researchers found that Twitter and other real-time social media can be used to track HIV outbreaks and drug behavior, potentially helping detection and prevention efforts.The team's study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine and conducted through the Center for Digital Behavior at UCLA, suggests a link between geographic outbreaks in the U.S. and tweets with phrases that indicate drug-related and sexually risky behavior.

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