Smartphone use undermines enjoyment of face-to-face social interactions

Using a field experiment and experience sampling, we found the first evidence that phone use may undermine the enjoyment people derive from real world social interactions. In Study 1, we recruited over 300 community members and students to share a meal at a restaurant with friends or family. Participants were randomly assigned to keep their …

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The illusion of evidence based medicine

Evidence based medicine has been corrupted by corporate interests, failed regulation, and commercialisation of academia, argue these authors The advent of evidence based medicine was a paradigm shift intended to provide a solid scientific foundation for medicine. The validity of this new paradigm, however, depends on reliable data from clinical trials, most of which are …

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‘The Corpse Bride Diet’: How TikTok Inundates Teens With Eating-Disorder Videos

The app’s algorithm can send users down rabbit holes of narrow interest, resulting in potentially dangerous content such as emaciated images, purging techniques, hazardous diets and body shamingBy Tawnell D. Hobbs, Rob Barry and Yoree KohDec. 17, 2021 10:45 am ET TikTok is flooding teen users with videos of rapid-weight-loss competitions and ways to purge …

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Digital Interventions for the Treatment of Depression:A Meta-Analytic Review

The high global prevalence of depression, together with the recent acceleration of remote care owingto the COVID-19 pandemic, has prompted increased interest in the efficacy of digital interventions forthe treatment of depression. We provide a summary of the latest evidence base for digital interventionsin the treatment of depression based on the largest study sample to …

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Variation in common laboratory test results caused by ambient temperature

Highlights•Analysis of a dataset of nearly 5 million and over 200 million laboratory test results •Ambient temperature on the day an individual’s blood was drawn affected the test result •Affected assays included renal function tests, complete blood count, and lipid panels •Doctors prescribed fewer statins to individuals whose lipids were checked on colder days. Context …

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