Impact of various media on health

Your apps are making you miserable

Location:
USA, United States

If you want to be happier, you might want to ditch your phone. It may be common knowledge that spending too much time on social media leads to disappointment with yourself, but according to data from Moment, an iPhone app that tracks app usage, there isn’t a single app that makes you feel good for spending more, rather than less, time on it.

French Law Giving Workers 'The Right To Disconnect' Goes Into Effect

Location:
France, France
Recommendation:
3

If you've been glued to your smart phone checking work email throughout the holiday season, you might want to consider relocating. French workers will have the "right to disconnect" outside of work hours, thanks to a new law going into effect Jan 1.

New Report: Health Wearable Devices Pose New Consumer and Privacy Risks

Location:
Center for Digital Democracy, 1220 L Street NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States
Recommendation:
3

Personal health wearable devices that consumers are using to monitor their heart rates, sleep patterns, calories, and even stress levels raise new privacy and security risks.

Mobile innovation will help 2 billion more people get access to healthcare and education

Location:
BIMA, Stockholm, Sweden
Recommendation:
3

From music to movies, from banking to buying food, mobile phones have revolutionized the way we access the world today. But for low-income consumers in emerging markets, the full potential of mobile financial services is yet to be unlocked, a new report suggests.

The Cobalt Pipeline

Location:
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brazzaville, Congo (Brazzaville)
Recommendation:
2

Tracing the path from deadly hand-dug mines in Congo to consumers’ phones and laptops.

FCC To Launch Broadband Health Mapping Tool

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

On August 2, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task Force (C2H) will unveil a new mapping tool in support of its efforts to further chart the broadband future of healthcare.

How Telemedicine Is Transforming Health Care

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
3

After years of big promises, telemedicine is finally living up to its potential. Driven by faster Internet connections, ubiquitous smartphones and changing insurance standards, more health providers are turning to electronic communications to do their jobs—and it’s upending the delivery of health care.

Federal cellphone guidelines could undergo 'tweaks' after cancer study

Location:
National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD, 20892, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal cellphone guidelines for consumers could undergo "tweaks" after a major government study found a link between tumors and exposure to cellphone-type radiation in rats, according to a head of the agency that oversaw the study.

Researchers say computer screens change how you think about what you read

Location:
Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Ave HCII, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213, United States
Recommendation:
2

Reading something on a screen -- as opposed to a printout -- causes people to home in on details and but not broader ideas, according to a new article by Geoff Kaufman. a professor at Carnegie Mellon, and Mary Flanagan, a professor at Dartmouth.

Teen birthrate hits all-time low, led by 50 percent decline among Hispanics and blacks

Location:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1600 Clifton Rd, Atlanta, GA, 30333, United States
Recommendation:
2

The birthrate among American teenagers, at crisis levels in the 1990s, has fallen to an all-time low, according to an analysis released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Theories on the reasons for the dramatic shift include everything from new approaches to sex education to the widespread availability of broadband Internet.

Rural Healthcare's Broadband Gap Widens

Location:
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, 74078, United States
Recommendation:
3

Healthcare institutions in non-metro counties have significantly slower broadband than metropolitan institutions do, a new study shows. And the gap is getting bigger.

You Can’t Always Count on a Smartphone Virtual Assistant During a Crisis

Location:
Lincoln, MA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Smartphone virtual assistants, like Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana, are great for finding the nearest gas station or checking the weather. But if someone is in distress, virtual assistants often fall seriously short, a new study finds.

Tech Companies Design Your Life, Here’s Why You Should Care

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States
Recommendation:
3

What best describes the nature of what smart phones are “doing” to us? If I had to summarize it, it’s this: Our phone puts a new choice on life’s menu, in any moment, that’s “sweeter” than reality.

Teens rarely report online harassment. When they do, they rarely get help.

Location:
Kingdom of Belgium, Belgium
Recommendation:
2

It’s (sadly) no surprise that tweens and teens are frequently subjected to sexual harassment through social media. But how do teens respond to these incidents — and what are social media providers doing about the problem?

The Cell Phone in Your Pocket Shouldn’t Cost a Worker’s Life

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Wireless services have opened up avenues of communication and resources unlike any in history. We rely on these connections to stay in touch with friends and family members, operate businesses and communicate on a global scale. But providing these innovative services through networks of communication towers should not come at the cost of any worker’s life.

Berkeley’s cell phone radiation warning law can go into effect, judge rules

Location:
Berkeley, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

After complying with a federal judge’s order on Jan 27, the city of Berkeley (CA) will now be allowed to go forward with its cell phone radiation warning law, as it has cut out one controversial line.

Actively helping kids learn to navigate the digital world is better than shielding them from it

Location:
Emily Carr University, 1399 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Recommendation:
1

Tune into the conversation about kids and screen time, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that before the invention of the iPhone, parents spent every waking moment engaging their kids in deep conversation, undertaking creatively expressive arts-and-crafts projects, or growing their own vegetables in the backyard garden.

The next information revolution will be 100 times bigger than the Internet

Location:
Blippar, 1 London Bridge, London, United Kingdom
Recommendation:
1

In today’s age of information, mobile devices and global connectivity have brought an impressive amount of knowledge to our very fingertips. The Internet and powerful text search tools enable us to discover nearly everything about anything we can describe with words -- any text that can be typed into a search engine.

How the Internet’s most earnest evangelist became its fiercest critic

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Jonathan Harris has spent much of his time lately doing two things: writing computer code and meditating. Code is old hat to Harris, an acclaimed digital artist and in-demand TED-talker, who learned to program at Princeton in the late-’90s.

Pediatricians Rethink Screen Time Policy for Children

Location:
American Academy of Pediatrics, 141 Northwest Point Boulevard, Elk Grove Village, IL, 60007, United States
Recommendation:
1

All screens are not created equal. In a nod to the changing nature of digital media and technology, the American Academy of Pediatrics announced that it is starting the process of revising its ironclad guidelines for children and screens.

Google is making you more forgetful. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

According to research by the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab, “digital amnesia” is gradually blotting out our brains. The report surveyed 6,000 adults in six Western European countries, as well as 1,000 people in the United States, about things such as the phone numbers they memorize and what they do when they need to remember a fact.

UN agency backtracks, expresses “regret” over cyberviolence report

Location:
International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Place des Nations, Geneva, 1202, Switzerland
Recommendation:
1

On Oct 7, a United Nations agency that published a report about "cyber violence against women and girls" formally retracted that report following criticism from the likes of games industry lobbyists and advocates for online abuse victims.

Why Pharma Wants to Put Sensors in This Blockbuster Drug

Location:
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 10903 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD, 20993-0002, United States
Recommendation:
1

In September, the Food and Drug Administration accepted an application to evaluate a new drug-sensor-app system that tracks when a pill’s been taken.

Lawmakers Send Letter to FCC Regarding Tower Workers' Radiofrequency Exposure

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sen Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and House Communications Subcommittee Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA) are accusing the Federal Communications Commission of failing to enforce safety guidelines on cell tower worker exposure to radiofrequency radiation, saying they are putting the health and safety of a quarter of a million workers at risk.

Why is having Google Fiber a big deal? It might make families happier

Location:
Orange County Register, 625 N. Grand Ave, Santa Ana, CA, 92701, United States
Recommendation:
1

So you might ask: “What home needs industrial-strength Internet?” The truth is that Google Fiber -- or other somewhat competitive high-end Internet services -- should appeal to anyone who’s ever had a family fight over Internet access in the past two decades. Let me explain.

Senior citizens’ use of computers and mobile phones might shave 10 years off their mental age

Location:
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Laxenburg, Austria
Recommendation:
1

A new study, published in the journal Intelligence, found that the use of computers and mobile phones could partly explain why senior citizens today appears to be four to eight years younger, cognitively speaking, than a similar population less than a decade ago.

Are ‘WiFi allergies’ a real thing? A quick guide to electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

Location:
USA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Science is nowhere near convinced that “Wi-Fi allergies” are legit.

FCC maps intersection of broadband and health in Virginia

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

The first state map visually demonstrating the connection between broadband access, technology and health is up on the Federal Communication Commission’s website.

Are Smartphones Making Us All Infomaniacs?

Location:
Creative Strategies, Inc., 950 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose, CA, 95128, United States
Recommendation:
1

Because my occupation is tied to information, I am not too alarmed at my state of nomophobia, but I am certain that, for most people, this is probably not good news.

Warren Braren Urged Ban on Broadcast Tobacco Ads

Location:
New Milford, CT, United States
Recommendation:
2

Warren Braren, a reformed smoker who helped trigger a congressional ban on tobacco advertising on television and radio in 1970 by blowing the whistle on broadcasters’ lax self-regulation.

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