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Facebook, Instagram Take Down Posts Offering Abortion Pills

Facebook and Instagram have started taking down posts that offer abortion pills to women who may not be able to get them after the Supreme Court's reversal of Roe v. Wade.

These posts told women how to get

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  • Limiting TV to Under 1 Hour a Day Could Slash Heart Disease Rates: Study

    It's tempting to binge-watch TV shows, and it might be hard to get off the couch after just one or two episodes.

    But it could be worth it.

    Researchers calculated that if people committed to watching just under an hour of TV a day, 11% of coronary heart disease cases could be eliminated.

    Thoug...

    Could Video Games Boost a Child's Intelligence?

    Folks often believe that video games rot a kid's mind, but a new study argues the opposite could be true.

    Children actually might get a brain boost from playing hour after hour of video games, researchers report.

    American kids between 9 and 10 years of age who spent more time playing video games experienced a significant increase in their intelligence scores when retested two years ...

    Week Off Social Media Boosts Mental Health: Study

    It's no secret that too much social media can be bad for one's mental health. Now, research suggests that taking even a brief break from TikTok, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can ease symptoms of depression and

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  • May 11, 2022
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  • Misinformation on Cancer Nutrition Abounds on Pinterest: Study

    About one-third of cancer nutrition information on the social media site Pinterest is misleading and posted by businesses trying to sell products, according to a new study.

    "Our results revealed a significant amount of misinformation about cancer and nutrition," said study co-author Tracy Crane, an assoc...

    Teens on TikTok: Fun, But Addictive and Maybe Harmful

    In the fall of 2021, TikTok announced a major milestone to coincide with its fifth anniversary: The amassing of roughly 1 billion global users, many of them young, turning to the app every month as a way to view, make and share bite-sized videos.

    But what exactly do those young users think of the app? Is it a boon to their self-esteem and creativity, or an addictive time-waster that crea...

    U.S. Surgeon General Investigates COVID-19 Misinformation

    An investigation into health misinformation on COVID-19 has been launched by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.

    "Misinformation has had a profound impact on COVID-19 and our response," Murthy told CNN. "Studies have demonstrated that the vast majority of the American public either believes common myths about COVID-19 or thinks those myths might be true. And many of those incl...

    Is Pandemic Social Media Use Worsening Tic Disorders in Teens?

    For reasons that remain murky, new research warns that a spike in social media use during the pandemic might have worsened tic disorders in children.

    Tics are sudden twitches, movements or sounds that people do repeatedly because they can't control their body.

    In the study, 90% of 20 tic patients aged ...

    'Fact Check' Notes Work Best to Counter COVID Lies Online

    Journalistic fact checks do more to combat the spread of COVID-19 misinformation than false tags used by social media companies, a new study finds.

    Journalistic fact checks not only flag a post as false, but also provide information refuting the fake claim with links to more information.

    "We find that more information may be an

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  • Crowdfunding for Medical Costs Almost Always Fails

    You have almost certainly seen the pleas while scrolling through social media: Called crowdfunding, folks try to raise money to pay for their sick loved one's mounting medical bills.

    But new research shows these grassroots campaigns rarely raise enough money to make a difference.

    According to GoFundMe, which corner...

    Kardashian's Figure a Tough Ideal for Women at Risk of Eating Disorders

    The images are never-ending: Celebrities like Kim Kardashian posting one sultry shot after another on social media. But new research warns this constant barrage of "perfect" bodies can undermine the self-esteem of young women.

    They're apt to feel their own figures come up short by comparison --- whether th...

    Many Marijuana Vendors Aim Advertising at Kids: Study

    Some recreational pot shops are using tricks from the old playbooks of alcohol and tobacco companies to target underage users on social media, a new study reports.

    Despite state laws restricting such marketing, researchers found marijuana retailers on social media promoting their wares with posts that:

    • Featured cartoon characters like Snoopy, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Rick and...

    Binge-Watching Could Raise Your Blood Clot Risk

    Who hasn't started to watch a new drama series on TV, and suddenly realize that hours have slipped by as they binged on one episode after the next?

    Now, a new study suggests that too much binge-watching may raise the risk of life-threatening blood clots in the legs or lungs by 35%.

    "Prolonged TV viewing, which involves immobilization, may increase the risk of venous thromboembolism,...

    Celebrities' Social Media Promotes Junk Food, Often for Free

    Images of people eating and drinking are a staple of social media, but new research finds such posts from celebrities often puts the spotlight squarely on junk food.

    Profit isn't always the reason why, investigators found: Celebrities often highlight unhealthy food favorites without getting paid for it.

    "Ninety-five percent of photos that contain foods and beverages on celebrities' ...

    Worried About Your Teen's Social Media Use? Experts Offer Help

    Is your teen staring at their smartphone all day? There's many things parents can do to protect kids from the potentially negative effects of social media, experts say.

    While there are positive aspects to social media, there's evidence it can pose risks to teens' mental health due ...

    Will Reading Books Make You Any Happier?

    When it comes to what makes us happy, is reading or listening to music any better than spending hours playing video games?

    Not really, says a team of researchers from the United Kingdom and Austria.

    "Many people believe traditional media, like reading books or listening to music, are good for us," said study leader Niklas Johannes, from the University of Oxford.

    "Surprisingly...

    'You Didn't Tag Me!' Instagram Snubs Hurt, Study Confirms

    Think what happens online stays online? Think again.

    According to new research, a social media diss can leave people feeling genuinely hurt and ostracized.

    "Social media ostracism means being excluded or ignored online on social media networks like Instagram, Facebook or Twitter," explained lead study author Christiane B├╝ttner. She's a PhD candidate in the department of social psy...

    Singer Selena Gomez to Launch Mental Health Platform

    A new mental health media platform meant to connect people with educational resources and reduce the stigma around mental illness is planned by pop star Selena Gomez and her partners.

    Wondermind is set to launch in February 2022 and will include mental health experts sharing their expertise, and daily exercises that people can do to strengthen their mental health, CNN reported.

    No Evidence Violent Video Games Lead to Real Violence: Study

    Will boys fixated on gore-filled video games become violent in real life? Many parents may worry that's the case, but new and reassuring research finds violent video games don't trigger actual violence in kids.

    The study included boys aged 8 to 18, the group most likely to play violent video games, and examined two types of violence: aggression against other people, and destruction of thi...

    Death Threats, Trolling Common for Scientists Who Speak to Media About COVID

    Doctors who discuss COVID-19 in the media frequently face abuse and harassment, including threats of death or violence, a new report reveals.

    More than two-thirds of experts surveyed have experienced trolling or personal attacks after speaking about COVID-19 in media interviews, a worldwide survey of more than 300 scientists found.

    Further, a quarter said such harassment is a freque...

    As Kids Turned to Screens During Pandemic, Their Mental Health Suffered

    Even in normal times, getting regular exercise and spending less time on screens can be good for kids. So it should come as no surprise that researchers discovered that kids who exercised more and used technology less during the pandemic had better mental health outcomes.

    "Both as a pediatrician and as a mother, it was obvious that the circumstances of the pandemic -- school closures, res...

    Facebook Became Emergency Network During Early Days of Pandemic

    In a health emergency, social media giants like Facebook can be both quagmires of misinformation and sources of social support and reliable guidance, a small, new study suggests.

    Researchers surveyed 32 Facebook users weekly for eight weeks. All were asked about their online experiences during March and April 2020, when COVID-triggered lockdowns unfolded.

    The Facebook users -- ...

    Too Much Screen Time Could Raise Your Odds for Stroke

    You've heard the warnings about kids who are forever glued to their screens, but all that screen time can have devastating health effects for grown-ups.

    If you're under 60, too much time using a computer, watching TV or reading could boost your risk for a stroke, Canadian researchers warn.

    "Be aware that very high sedentary time with little time spent on physical activity can have a...

    Online & Outraged? Facebook 'Likes' Stoke the Fire

    Rewards such as "likes" and "shares" fuel expressions of moral outrage on social media because they reward people who post such messages, a new study suggests.

    "Social media's incentives are changing the tone of our political conversations online," said first author William Brady, a postdoctoral researcher in psychology at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. "This is the first evidence th...

    Use Facebook a Lot? You're More Likely to Be Unvaccinated

    Americans who get their COVID-19 news and information solely from Facebook have much lower vaccination rates than the general population.

    That's the takeaway from a new survey of nearly 20,700 people across the United States. The researchers asked them in June which of six sources they use for COVID-19 news and info. The six included: Facebook, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, the Biden administrati...

    How Trust in Science Can Make You Vulnerable to 'Pseudoscience'

    Trusting science is good, but it could put you at risk for being duped by false science, or "pseudoscience," if you let your guard down, researchers warn.

    Investigators found that people who trust science are more likely to believe and share false claims that contain scientific references than those who don't trust science.

    "We conclude that trust in science, although desirable in m...

    Addictive, Harmful Vaping Is Super Cool on TikTok

    Watch videos on TikTok and you're likely to see plenty of positive portrayals of vaping, a new study shows.

    And that's a problem, according to researchers, who call for tighter regulation of the platform popular with kids and teens.

    "Viewing other young people, friends, acquaintances or influencers vaping in fun and entertaining contexts, is likely to normalize e-cigarette use and m...

    1 in 20 College Students Has 'Internet Gaming Disorder,' Study Finds

    Is it possible to become addicted to gaming on the internet?

    Yes, warns new research that discovered when young people get too hooked it may trigger sleep difficulties, depression, anxiety and, in some cases, even suicidal thoughts.

    Phone interviews conducted among nearly 3,000 American college students between 2007 and 2015 revealed that roughly one in 20 had "internet gaming disor...

    Juul to Pay $40 Million in N.C. Case Over Vaping's Harm to Teens

    Juul, the leading e-cigarette maker in the United States, has agreed to pay $40 million to settle a lawsuit by North Carolina that alleged the company intentionally got scores of teenagers hooked on nicotine.

    North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, who sued the company two years ago, announced the settlement on Monday.

    The company did not admit to any liab...

    Fast-Food Companies Spending More on Ads Aimed at Youth

    The U.S. fast-food industry has boosted spending on ads targeting kids, especially Black and Hispanic youth, new research shows.

    For the study, the researchers analyzed data on ad spending and TV ad exposure for 274 fast-food restaurants and found that annual spending hit $5 billion in 2019, up more than $400 million between 2012 and 2019.

    "Fast-food consumption by children and teen...

    Most Editors at Leading Medical Journals Are White, Study Finds

    The vast majority of editors at leading medical journals are white - with few of those influential spots going to Black or Hispanic professionals, a new study finds.

    The study comes on the heels of a controversy that prompted the resignation of the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    It all started in February when Dr. Ed Livingston, a JA...

    Your Teen's Smartphone Could Be Key to Unhealthy Weight

    Your teens' route to a healthy or unhealthy weight may be in their hands -- literally.

    New research out of South Korea shows that teens who spend too much time on their smartphones are also more prone to eating habits that increase their odds for obesity.

    One nutritionist who helps treat obesity in the young wasn't surprised by the findings.

    "Spending hours on end on your phon...

    Tennis Star Naomi Osaka's 'Time Out' Highlights Common, Crippling Mental Health Issue

    On Tuesday, tennis star Naomi Osaka announced her withdrawal from the French Open. The reason: An ongoing battle with depression and anxiety.

    As the world's No. 2 woman's tennis player and a four-time Grand Slam tournament winner at the age of just 23, many fans may have been taken aback that someone so young and successful might nonetheless battle with mental health issues.

    Bu...

    Think You Can Spot Fake News? Many Can't

    Most Americans mistakenly believe they can spot fake news, which makes them more vulnerable to the false information, a new study claims.

    The research included nearly 8,300 people who were asked to evaluate the accuracy of a series of Facebook headlines and then rate their own abilities to identify false news.

    About 90% of participants said they had an above average ability to tel...

    Science Studies Most Likely to Be Wrong Are the Most Widely Read

    Studies that can't be verified and may be untrue are much more likely to be cited in the media because they tend to be more interesting, researchers report.

    They looked at studies in top psychology, economic and nature/science journals and found that only 39% of 100 psychology papers were successfully replicated. The replication rates were 61% for 18 economic studies, and 62% amo...

    Too Much TV May Dull the Aging Brain

    Mom always said too much TV would rot your brain, and as with so many other things it appears she was right.

    Middle-aged folks who regularly turn to TV for entertainment appear to have a greater risk of decline in their reasoning and memory later in life, three new studies suggest.

    Researchers found that even moderate amounts of TV viewing were associated with worse performance on c...

    Can Some Movies Change Your Life? Maybe, Study Finds

    FRIDAY, May 14, 2021 (HealthDay News) - A good movie can be more than mere entertainment: It can also help you feel more prepared to tackle life's challenges and be a better person, a new study suggests.

    This may be why folks sometimes choose films with difficult subjects or those that make them sad, researchers say.

    "Meaningful movies actually help people cope with difficulties in ...

    Media, TV Time Doubled for Kindergartners During Pandemic

    When the COVID-19 pandemic kept young kids indoors, their time spent watching TV and other screens rose dramatically.

    That's the finding of a new study that investigated the screen time of kindergarteners from low-income families in Ohio. The researchers found that their use of television, video, movies, short clips, and apps or games on any electronic device topped six hours a day in May...

    Debunking Social Media Myth, Study Finds COVID Vaccine Won't Harm Placenta

    Contrary to misleading reports spread on social media, a new study finds the COVID-19 vaccine does no damage to the placenta in pregnancy.

    In a study of placentas from patients who were vaccinated for COVID-19 during pregnancy, researchers found no evidence of any harm.

    "The placenta is like the black box in an airplane. If something goes wrong with a pregnancy, we usually see chan...

    Feeling Down? Support Via Social Media May Not Be Enough

    Looking for a morale boost or some solid encouragement? If so, socializing the old-fashioned way -- live and in-person -- will likely do more to lift your spirits than online interactions, new research suggests.

    It's the key takeaway from a survey of more than 400 college undergraduate students.

    "We wanted to see if the social support provided over social media was associated with b...

    High-Profile Police Brutality Cases Harm Black Americans' Mental Health: Study

    As America awaits a verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial, new research finds that such high-profile police killings of Black people may take a big mental health toll on psyches across the country.

    Researchers found that, on average, Black Americans reported an increase in "poor mental health days" during weeks where more than one deadly racial incident was in the news.

    Those incidents...

    4 in 10 Adults Over 50 Consult Online Reviews When Picking a Doctor

    Finding a new doctor can be a daunting task. For help, many older adults turn to online reviews, a new study finds.

    In fact, many people rate online reviews as highly as they would a recommendation from friends and family when picking a doctor, the new research found.

    "Doctors and policymakers should know that many older adults are viewing and valuing online ratings and reviews when...

    Making E-Cigs Cool: Singers, Models in Music Videos Get Teens Vaping

    DJ Khaled, Halsey and other musicians are selling electronic cigarettes to young people through product placement in music videos that receive hundreds of millions of views, a pair of new studies report.

    Overall, music videos identified as featuring e-cigarette product placements during a four-month period in 2018 received more than 1.6 billion total views on YouTube, researchers report i...

    Boys Who Spend Lots of Time Online More Likely to Cyberbully

    Here's yet another reason to keep your teenager from spending countless hours online and on popular social media: New research suggests it increases cyberbullying, particularly among teen boys.

    "There are some people who engage in cyberbullying online because of the anonymity and the fact that there's no retaliation," said lead investigator Amanda Giordano. She is an associate professor...

    More Guns on TV, More Gun Violence in Real Life: Study

    When the proportion of gun violence on TV increases relative to other types of violence on television dramas, real-life gun violence among young people also grows, a new study suggests.

    Researchers examined trends in the proportion of gun violence compared to other forms of violence in 33 popular TV dramas from 2000 to 2018. They compared this to trends in real-life firearm homicides in d...

    When Facebook, Twitter Flag Posts as 'Unverified,' Readers Listen

    Readers pay attention when social media sites label an article as "unverified" or "suspicious," a new study suggests.

    But how an article is presented -- including author credentials and writing style -- doesn't affect readers' views about its credibility.

    The findings show that big tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter have a responsibility to combat the spread of misleading a...

    Social Media, Binge Eating Often Go Together for Kids

    Could endless hours spent scrolling through social media and watching TV trigger binge eating in preteens?

    Apparently so, new research suggests.

    "Children may be more prone to overeating while distracted in front of screens. They may also be exposed to more food advertisements on television," said study author Dr. Jason Nagata. He is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Unive...

    Facebook Posts Big Drivers in Vaccine Resistance, Study Finds

    As Americans await their COVID-19 shot, a new study of a different vaccine shows the power of Facebook posts in fueling "anti-vax" resistance to immunization.

    The study included more than 10 years of public Facebook posts on the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. It found that nearly 40% of 6,500 HPV vaccine-related posts from 2006 to 2016 amplified a perceived risk. The data suggest the...

    1 in 4 Doctors Harassed Online, Study Finds

    One in four doctors has been personally attacked or sexually harassed on social media, a new study finds.

    Women are more likely to be sexually harassed, while both men and women are attacked based on religion, race or medical recommendations, researchers say.

    Doctors received negative reviews, coordinated harassment, threats at work, public exposure of their personal information and...

    As Social Media Use Rises, So Does Belief in COVID Misinformation

    You can't believe everything you read on social media, but those who rely on it for their news tend to think otherwise.

    A new study found that the more a person turned to social media as their main source of news, the more likely that person was to believe misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic. Levels of worry about the coronavirus amplified people's belief in that misinformation.

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