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Facebook not so cool anymore, teens say, but they’ll still use it

Teens have waning enthusiasm for Facebook, according to the latest “Teens, Social Media, and Privacy” report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. “They dislike the increasing number of adults on the site, get annoyed when their Facebook friends share inane details, and are drained by the ‘drama’ that they described as happening frequently […]

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Parent cultural attitudes, beliefs associated with child’s media viewing habits

Differences in parental beliefs and attitudes regarding the effects of media on early childhood development may help explain the increasing racial/ethnic disparities in child media viewing/habits, according to a new study by Wanjiku Njoroge, MD, of Seattle Children’s Research Institute. The findings support national research that preschool-aged children spend considerable time with media, a situation […]

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Big data moves towards action to improve scientific research, health

The announcement last week that 70 medical, research and advocacy groups in 41 countries—including the National Institutes of Health—agreed to share genetic and clinical information made headlines across the country. But to many already working in the “big data” realm, the news is just a welcome addition to the momentum of global projects and alliances […]

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Researchers uncover more genetic clues to help understand what triggers Type 1 diabetes

Last year, researchers from Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason identified new clues about how a common genetic change in a gene called PTPN22 may predispose children and adults to develop autoimmune conditions, including type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus. Now, this group—in conjunction with researchers from the […]

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Using the web to track spread of drug-resistant bacteria

Until Tom Frieden, MD and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, held a news conference earlier this month to talk about the increase of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, or CRE, it was pretty likely that not many people had heard the term before. CRE are deadly bacteria, even stronger than MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus), […]

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Maternal exposure to outdoor air pollution associated with low birth weights worldwide

Mothers who are exposed to particulate air pollution, the type produced by vehicles and power plants, are more likely to bear children of low birth weight, according to an international study published today. The study was led by the University of California, San Francisco, and the National Center for Health Statistics at the Centers for […]

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