Expert: Be concerned about how apps collect, share health data

By Newsroom America Staff at 20 Oct 17:08

As of 2016 there were more than 165,000 health and wellness apps available though the Apple App Store alone. According to Rice University medical media expert Kirsten Ostherr, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates only a fraction of those.

Life goes on for marine ecosystems after cataclysmic mass extinction

20 Oct 15:01 | World

One of the largest global mass extinctions did not fundamentally change marine ecosystems, scientists have found. read more »

E-cigarettes may trigger unique and potentially damaging immune responses

20 Oct 11:18 | U.S. News

E-cigarettes appear to trigger unique immune responses as well as the same ones that cigarettes trigger that can lead to lung disease, according to new research.read more »

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Despite drop in under-five mortality rate, 7,000 newborns die every day

20 Oct 09:23 | World

More must be done to stop babies from dying the day they are born, agencies said in a new report, which argued that life-saving know-how and technologies must be made readily available – particularly in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa – where they are most needed.read more »

More than 75 percent decrease in total flying insect biomass over 27 years

19 Oct 17:22 | World

The total flying insect biomass decreased by more than 75 percent over 27 years in protected areas, according to a study read more »

Despite mobile options and cord-cutting, sports fans still turn on the TV

19 Oct 15:19 | U.S. News

Despite the growth of mobile technology and viewing options, when sports fans want to watch a game, they turn to traditional live TV, according to results of a UMass Lowell-Washington Post poll.read more »

New Amazon threat? Deforestation from mining

19 Oct 11:15 | World

Sprawling mining operations in Brazil are destroying much more of the iconic Amazon forest than previously thought, says the first comprehensive study of mining deforestation in the world's largest tropical rainforest.read more »

Consumer Agency to Ban Harmful Chemicals in Children's Toys

19 Oct 09:13 | U.S. News

In a major victory for public health, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has voted, 3-2, to ban several harmful phthalate chemicals from plastic used in children's toys and child care articles. read more »

For $1,000, anyone can purchase online ads to track your location and app use

18 Oct 17:03 | U.S. News

Privacy concerns have long swirled around how much information online advertising networks collect about people's browsing, buying and social media habits -- typically to sell you something.read more »

Study links chocolate production to increased deforestation in poor nations

18 Oct 15:15 | World

There are a number of social, economic and environmental inequalities that arise in the production of chocolate. Evidence of human trafficking and child slave labor have been found in the supply chain.read more »

Nearly half of US medical care comes from emergency rooms

18 Oct 11:18 | U.S. News

Nearly half of all US medical care is delivered by emergency departments, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). read more »

Reality of living in work poverty revealed

18 Oct 09:05 | World

As the number of working families who live in poverty continues to rise in the UK, a new article reveals the severe challenges that low pay, limited working hours and constrained employment opportunities bring.read more »

Study examines what types of searches click for car buyers

18 Oct 17:08 | U.S. News

A new study from The University of Texas at Dallas examines how consumers allocated their time when searching offline and on the internet as they shopped for a new automobile, and what the outcomes were for price satisfaction.read more »

Corporate social responsibility may get CEO's fired, study finds

17 Oct 15:06 | World

Investing in product safety, employee diversity and carbon footprint reduction are all examples of corporate social responsibility (CSR) that can result in high praise for a chief executive -- or get them fired -- according to new research from the University of Notre Dame. read more »

How we determine who's to blame

17 Oct 13:22 | U.S. News

How do people assign a cause to events they witness? Some philosophers have suggested that people determine responsibility for a particular outcome by imagining what would have happened if a suspected cause had not intervened.read more »

Tropical beetles face extinction threat

17 Oct 13:17 | World

Climate change is putting many tropical high altitude beetles at risk of extinction, warn an international team of scientists.read more »

Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan, study finds

16 Oct 17:02 | World

People who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogramme of weight they carry, research suggests.read more »

Warming seas could lead to 70 percent increase in hurricane-related financial loss

16 Oct 15:18 | U.S. News

If oceans warm at a rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nation-sponsored group that assesses climate change research and issues periodic reports, expected financial losses caused by hurricanes could increase more than 70 percent by 2100, according to a study. read more »

Finally! A solution to office thermostat wars

16 Oct 12:05 | World

No matter the season, thermostat wars rage in offices worldwide. Workers bicker over the temperature, alternately complaining that it's too hot or too cold. Concordia researchers may have developed a solution.read more »

West Virginians say Opioid epidemic most important health issue in the state

16 Oct 09:02 | U.S. News

The opioid epidemic is the most important health issue in West Virginia, above obesity, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and dental disease, according to a state-based public opinion survey commissioned by Research!America. read more »

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