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Thirty percent of teen girls report meeting offline with someone they met online

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Jan. 14, 2013 — A new study highlights the risk that female teenagers face when they go online -- a risk heightened for teen girls who have been victims of abuse or neglect.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, shows that 30 percent of teenagers reported having offline meetings with people they have met on the Internet and whose identity had not been fully confirmed prior to the meeting.

"These meetings may have been benign, but for an adolescent girl to do it is dangerous," says Jennie Noll, PhD, a psychologist at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the study's lead author.

Moreover, abused or neglected teenage girls were more likely to present themselves online in a sexually...

Twitter helps people lose weight, study suggests

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Jan. 14, 2013 — Using Twitter can help you achieve a healthy weight.

A study by researchers at the University of South Carolina's Arnold School of Public Health has found that using Twitter, the popular information network joining people throughout the world, is a valuable support system for helping people lose weight.

Led by Arnold School researcher Brie Turner-McGrievy, the study found that Twitter use among participants in a weight loss program enhanced the likelihood...

Game-based economics research explains why we roll the dice on flu shots

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Jan. 11, 2013 — With 41 states having reported widespread and severe outbreaks of flu this season, timely new research sheds light on why less than half of the American population has gotten a flu shot.

Despite widespread knowledge that a vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances of catching and spreading the flu, even three of the four main TODAY show anchors recently admitted they had not gotten a flu shot (until they did so live on the air).

Using an online computer...

Surgeons may use hand gestures to manipulate MRI images in OR

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Still image from a video illustrating how doctors may soon be using a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands to tell a computer to browse and display medical images of the patient during a surgery. (Credit: Image courtesy of Purdue University / Full video available on YouTube at:

Jan. 10, 2013 — Doctors may soon be using a system in the operating room that recognizes hand gestures as commands...

Smartphone app helps children with autism communicate better

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The MySocius app is now available for download on iTunes and other app services.

Jan. 10, 2013 — A smartphone application that has potential to help children with autism communicate more effectively is now available for download.

Developed by Keith Allen, Ph.D., professor of pediatrics at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a child psychologist at UNMC's Munroe-Meyer Institute, the app uses evidence-based naturalistic teaching procedures to foster...