The president of the British Veterinary Association has warned dog owners they could cause their pets "horrific injuries" if they play fetch with sticks. But just how dangerous is it, asks Claire Bates.
Dog owners who enjoy throwing sticks for their pet in the park have been told to stop. Vets are concerned that this simple pastime can cause painful injuries ranging from tongue splinters to the piercing of vital organs.
A recent review of studies finds online therapy is helping people with depression and anxiety. It is part of a new wave of people trying out online therapy, for its lower costs, convenience and anonymity. But not all online therapy programs are created equal. Online therapy is not recommended for people with severe mental illnesses.
Children born vaginally show lower rates of asthma, diabetes and obesity. Research from the medical journal Nature Medicine shows that babies who are born through vaginal birth are exposed to bacteria that has long-term benefits for their health.
The study explains that the type of bacteria a newborn is exposed to depends on how it is born.
Itchy, flaky, dry skin. That’s what many of us can expect this winter. But what can you do about it? As we turn on our heaters in the cold winter months, the humidity in the air decreases and consequently everything dries out, including our skin. “You can think of it like a rubber band that has gotten old and you start to stretch it and it snaps in that non-elastic way,” says Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatologist, Dr. Alexa Kimball. That causes your skin to crack, become irritated, and itch, itch, itch. But you don’t have to scratch until spring if you follow some simple tips.
If a quick scan of the crowd tells you your audience looks riveted, bored, or angry, trust your eyes. New research shows that we average out expressions in a sea of faces to get a reliable mood reading.
The study, published in the Journal of Vision, shows the human brain is wired to speedily pick up on the overall emotional tenor of a crowd, registering everything from alarm over impending danger to fascination, humor and anger as well as mixed emotions.
Research raises questions about user privacy and possible falsified data. Some of the top-selling brands of fitness trackers that monitor wearers' heart rates, sleeping patterns and movement are putting user data and privacy at risk, according to a new report. Cybersecurity researchers at the University of Toronto examined eight popular wrist-worn trackers. They tested how they communicate with mobile apps and even upload and store a user's workout information on manufacturers' computer servers.The researchers conclude that several models expose users to potential internet snoops and hackers even when devices aren't being used for exercise and mobile apps are turned off.
Growing numbers of adults are having orthodontic treatments, hoping to achieve the perfect smile and bite. And more dentists are offering their grown-up patients appliances designed to be more discreet than traditional metal braces, including clear aligners, porcelain braces and back-of-the-teeth lingual orthodontics. While the principles of straightening teeth are pretty much the same at any age, dental experts say adults should be aware of possible complications. Decades of dental work, including crowns, root canals and cavity fillings, can make it harder for the orthodontist to get the desired result in an older patient. And because the mouth of an adult has finished growing, correcting the teeth might, more often than in adolescents, require oral surgery in addition to braces.
Worldwide, ad spending on social media was estimated at nearly $24 billion last year. And figuring out the value of social media followers is a burgeoning business. "Within the industry now, there's a strong belief that what you really want is a passionate audience, even if it's slightly smaller, versus a larger, meh audience," says media analyst Alan Wolk. That's a change from the conventional wisdom of the past 10 years, which has been about accumulating as many followers as possible.Valuable followers will retweet videos and promotions. They'll warmly talk about brands, and their followers will pay attention. But how do you measure this kind of passion?
While the number of teenagers smoking is dropping, the number of teens exposed to second hand smoke has not. That's the word from a new CDC report. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly half of middle-and-high school students are exposed to secondhand smoke. The results come from the CDC's national youth tobacco survey, given to sixth-through-twelfth-graders. The researchers say this just proves doctors need to intervene more when it comes to smoking, and encourage smoke-free homes and cars.
Does collecting more data lead to better decision-making? Competitive, data-savvy companies like Amazon, Google and Netflix have learned that data analysis alone doesn't always produce optimum results. In this talk, data scientist Sebastian Wernicke breaks down what goes wrong when we make decisions based purely on data — and suggests a brainier way to use it. What viewers don't realize is that, while they're watching their shows, actually, they are being watched. They are being watched by their teams, who record everything. They record when somebody presses play, when somebody presses pause, what parts they skip, what parts they watch again. So they collect millions of data points, because they want to have those data points to then decide which show they should make. And sure enough, so they collect all the data, they do all the data crunching, and an answer emerges.