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August 22, 2011
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Could Those Hours Online Be Making Kids Nicer? A growing body of research indicates that texting, emailing and posting on social media sites have social benefits. Time spent online may be helping people learn to be more empathetic and make more friends in real life

Could Those Hours Online Be Making Kids Nicer? A growing body of research indicates that texting, emailing and posting on social media sites have social benefits. Time spent online may be helping people learn to be more empathetic and make more friends in real life

Dogs Sniff-Out Lung Cancer. Specially trained dogs can identify most patients with lung cancer by smelling their breath, researchers said.

Exercise: Just 15 minutes a Day Has Benefits. Exercising for just 15 minutes most days of the week — about half as much time as doctors in most countries recommend — appears to provide health benefits, Taiwanese researchers have reported.

Falling into Medicare Doughnut Hole Ups Nonadherence. Seniors caught in the Medicare Part D coverage gap known as the “doughnut hole” are twice as likely to stop taking their medication, a new study found.

Malpractice: Many Claims but Few Big Paydays. During their careers, most physicians face at least one malpractice claim, but the likelihood of litigation is far greater for neurosurgeons than for psychiatrists — and 75% of claims are resolved with no payment to the plaintiffs, researchers found.

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