Family-friendly videogames not only teach academics and important life skills—they can be a great way to bond with your kids. Videogames have long been vilified for being too violent or turning children into comatose couch potatoes. But these days, parents who grew up playing classic titles like “Super Mario Bros.” and “Frogger” are realizing that videogames don’t necessarily have to drive a wedge between generations. They can turn an uncool parent into someone a kid can tolerate for more than an hour, and maybe even bond with. Nearly three out of five parents with game-playing children said they join in at least once a week, according to a 2015 survey of more than 4,000 U.S. households.
Forget the selfie stick - a growing number of travelers are snatching up professional photographers to do the job right. So-called "vacation photographers" thank platforms like Facebook and Instagram for turning photos into a family must. The new niche market is exploding not just in the U.S., but around the world.
Dr. Kevin Campbell discusses the latest findings that a daily dose of aspirin can be used to prevent colorectal cancer and cardiovascular disease. In its latest report, the task force found that taking low-dose aspirin can help prevent heart attacks, stroke and colorectal cancer, and that the benefits outweighed the risks in adults ages 50 to 69 who are at high risk for heart disease. The biggest benefit was seen in high-risk people in their 50s. Cardiovascular disease and cancer are the leading causes of death for American adults, with heart attacks and stroke causing 30 percent of deaths. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the United States, causing about 50,000 deaths last year.
A genetic test was shown to accurately predict whether women's cancer could be treated and prevented from spreading using only endocrine therapy. A 21-gene test can accurately predict whether women with breast cancer can be treated without chemotherapy, according to a large, long-term study. The test, called the OncotypeDX, examines the expression of 21 genes in tumor biopsies. Based on the results of the test, researchers were able to correctly predict whether endocrine therapy or endocrine therapy with chemotherapy is best for individual patients.
Researchers said the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is significant because of a lack of good options to help doctors select the safest, most effective course of treatment.
In the 1973 film, "Sleeper," Woody Allen is revived after being frozen following a botched operation. To escape the inept police state trying to terminate him, he steals a car that looks like a bubble, with frosted windows and no steering wheel. He simply tells it where to go.
“Society 50 years from now needs its own drug.”
Jennifer Golbeck is an associate professor in the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. She studies how to improve the way people interact with their own information online. She is the author of the book Analyzing the Social Web. She has also been working to bring insights about human-computer interaction into the world of security and privacy. When you think about your life inside the screen, your digital doppelganger, most of it's about your tweets or the photos and status updates you post, the things that go into the persona you create and have some control over. But what about all the things you don't control? Because almost everything you do online is a data point helping to build a virtual profile of who you might be.What is actually happening and what people like Jen have designed are algorithms that are starting to predict human behavior simply based on the things we like or buy or who our online friends are. Things like...
Dr. Richard Boulanger, a professor of electronic music and design at the Berklee College of Music, lives in a big new house in the woodsy suburb of Dighton. For an avowed futurist, his dwelling is deceptively conventional: plain, spacious, outfitted in soft wall-to-wall carpeting and unremarkable save for the wooden treble clef mounted unobtrusively on the clapboards of the front wall.
You can tell a lot about a person's political leanings in 140 characters, according to new research published in PLoS ONE. Conservatives and liberals on Twitter tend to use different language when composing tweets -- and while some of the word choices are expected, others are more surprising.
Here's what the social media platform reveals about the word choices of ideological opposites:
- Conservatives' use of pronouns focused on group identity -- they often used ‘we' and ‘our'
- Liberals were more apt to stress uniqueness and individuality by using ‘I' and ‘me.'
- Conservatives are more apt to talk about religion and use the words ‘god' and ‘psalm.'
- Liberals were more likely to discuss international news.
- Neither group talked frequently about key figures in their own movement, but each devoted time to talking about opposition figures. Liberals more regularly invoked Dick Cheney, for example, while conservatives spent time on Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.
- Liberals swear more than their conservative brethren. In fact, they appear to swear a lot on social media in general. ‘Sh*t' and ‘F*&k' were both ranked in the Top 10 most used words by liberals after accounting for the most commonly used words in the English language.
Research into who says what on Twitter might seem superfluous, but this type of data collection offers new ways to understand real-world behavior.
Daytime drowsiness and napping may be associated with an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes, according to new research.
Medical officials found that individuals who feel fatigued during the day had a 56 percent higher risk of diabetes compared to those who didn’t. Research also indicates that those who napped 60 minutes or more had a 46 percent higher risk than individuals who took smaller or no naps.
Though researchers warn the findings do not prove cause and effect, they say excessive sleepiness and long daytime naps could be a warning sign of Type 2 diabetes. Study authors also note that the findings could be linked to a reverse casualty, meaning feeling sleepy and napping may be consequences of people already suffering from bad health.
The analysis suggests there is no negative association between short naps of about 40 minutes and Type 2 diabetes.
In 2012, 29.1 million Americans, or 9.3 percent of the population, had diabetes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC states many people with type 2 diabetes can control their blood glucose by following a healthy meal plan and a program of regular physical activity, losing excess weight, and taking medications.