Category Archives: Technology

Tween Texting May Lead to Poor Grammar Skills

A study published in New Media and Society Journal, finds that tweens who frequently use language adaptations — techspeak — when they text, performed poorly on a grammar test. Using shortcuts, such as homophones, omissions of non-essential letters and initials, such … Continue reading

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More People Staying Connected While On Vacation

According to a study in the Annals of Tourism Research more people are using smartphones, tablets, computers and other portable technologies while on vacation. The study showed that the number of people using smart phones have tripled. The study also … Continue reading

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Computerized 3D Self-help Intervention for Adolescent Depression

According to a study published in BMJ, adolescents suffering from depression can benefit just as much from specialized computer therapy as they do from one-to-one therapy with a clinician. Using SPARX, an interactive 3D fantasy game, researchers from the University … Continue reading

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Do Family Physicians Read Clinical Synopses Beyond Email Alerts?

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) studied 41 family physicians to evaluate whether they retrieved clinical research synopses that they previously read as email alerts. The researchers point out that the environment of primary … Continue reading

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Can Social Networks Change Our Brain?

Scientists funded by the Wellcome Trust have found a direct link between the number of ‘Facebook friends’ a person has and the size of particular brain regions. In a study published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, … Continue reading

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Different Brain Rhythms In Healthy And Ill

Virtual brains modeling epilepsy and schizophrenia display less complexity among functional connections, and other differences compared to healthy brain models, researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine report. The researchers worked backward from brain rhythms – the oscillating … Continue reading

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Mood Swings Tracked By Twitter

Researchers from Cornell University using Twitter to monitor the attitudes of 2.4 million people in 84 countries, found that people all over the world awaken in a good mood – but globally that cheer soon deteriorates once the workday progresses. … Continue reading

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IBM’s Watson Computer Lands A Healthcare Job

Last February, IBM’s Watson computer thrilled “Jeopardy” audiences in February by defeating two human champs in a three-day match. Watson now has a new job. IBM is partnering with WellPoint, a large health insurance plan provider with around 34 million … Continue reading

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First “Virtual” Clinical Trial Allowing Patients to Participate Regardless Of Geography

Pfizer Inc. announced that it is conducting the first-ever randomized clinical trial under an investigational new drug (IND) application that manages study participation entirely using electronic tools and allows patients to participate in the clinical trial regardless of their proximity … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Photos Can Improve Adherence

Journal of Addiction study showed that using a cell phone to take a photo and then send photos of each dose of medication right before taking it may improve treatment adherence in patients with methamphetamine addiction. This simple, cost-effective method … Continue reading

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