For teenagers, the internet helps during lockdowns but it’s no substitute for the outside world

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the creation—and evolution—of a new socio-technical environment around the world. Lockdowns across Canada spurred an unprecedented surge in online communication as people moved school, work and social lives online. In the midst of the first lockdowns in Canada in 2020, a group of teens in Kingston, Ont., explored and analyzed their own experiences of […]

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Lonely adolescents are susceptible to internet addiction: Increasing numbers at risk in the coronavirus situation

Loneliness is a risk factor associated with adolescents being drawn into compulsive internet use. The risk of compulsive use has grown in the coronavirus pandemic: loneliness has become increasingly prevalent among adolescents, who spend longer and longer periods of time online. A study investigating detrimental internet use by adolescents involved a total of 1,750 Finnish study subjects, who were studied […]

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Disparities Seen in Internet Access for Those With Chronic Conditions

MONDAY, Nov. 9, 2020 — There are disparities in access to the internet among those with chronic health conditions such as hypertension and diabetes, according to a research letter published online Nov. 2 in Diabetes Care. Vardhmaan Jain, M.D., from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, and colleagues analyzed data from the 2016 to 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to assess […]

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Financial abuse of older adults by family members more common than scams by strangers

Despite numerous telephone, mail and internet scams directed toward older adults, relatives may perpetrate more financial elder abuse than strangers, suggests a new study by experts at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Using a unique source of frontline data — instances of elder abuse reported to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) resource line, Keck School researchers […]

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New AI can detect urinary tract infections

New AI developed at the University of Surrey could identify and help reduce one of the top causes of hospitalisation for people living with dementia: urinary tract infections (UTI). UTI is an infection of any part of the urinary system, from the kidneys to the bladder. The symptoms include pain in the lower part of the stomach, blood in urine, […]

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People with Internet addiction react the worst when WiFi fails: Do you get frustrated and angry when your WiFi connection stops working? It could be because of your personality

Do you get frustrated and angry when your WiFi connection stops working? It could be because of your personality. When digital technology stops working, people with a fear of missing out (FOMO) — the anxiety that you’re missing a social experience others might be having while you’re not online — or an internet addiction have more extreme reactions, according to […]

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