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CU-Boulder-created app first to use gesture for language learning
(University of Colorado at Boulder) While you might think a person shaking her phone or tablet from side to side is having issues with the device, she might actually be playing a game that has her mimicking a steering wheel motion as part of a language lesson.

Is this the year you join the 1 percent?
(Washington University in St. Louis) Here's some good news for the New Year: According to new research by Washington University in St. Louis and Cornell University, there's a 1 in 9 chance that a typical American will hit the jackpot and join the wealthiest 1 percent for at least one year in her or his working life.And now the bad news: That same research says only an elite few get to stay in that economic stratosphere -- and nonwhite workers remain among those who face far longer odds.

Obamacare Co-ops show promise and peril
(Brown University) The health insurance co-ops spawned under Obamacare have had an impact in the marketplace, but their long-term viability will depend on their mettle in the marketplace, writes Eli Y. Adashi, former dean of medicine and biological sciences, and medical student Allan Joseph in a JAMA viewpoint article.

New study details future of oil and gas development in the Western Amazon
(Institute of Physics) The western Amazon -- a vast region encompassing the Amazonian portions of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and western Brazil -- is one of the world's last high-biodiversity wilderness landscapes. It is also home to an active hydrocarbon (oil and gas) sector, characterized by operations in extremely remote areas that require new access routes.

HIV testing yields diagnoses in Kenya but few seek care
(Brown University) A sweeping effort in a rural region of Kenya to test all adults for HIV discovered 1,300 new infections, but few of the newly diagnosed people pursued treatment, a study in the journal Lancet HIV reports.

Made-in-Singapore rapid test kit detects dengue antibodies from saliva
(Biomedical Sciences Institutes (BMSI)) Finding out whether you have been infected with dengue may soon be as easy as spitting into a rapid test kit. The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology of A*STAR has developed a paper-based disposable device that will allow dengue-specific antibodies to be detected easily from saliva within 20 minutes. This device is currently undergoing further development for commercialization.

Study analyses internet, mobile and video game effects on young users
(Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona) The study has analysed the use of information and communication technologies by secondary school students, by using a sample of 5,538 students from Catalonia. The study, based on surveys taken in the 2010/2011 academic year, finds links between school failure and an elevated use of computers at home. It also correlates an intensive use if ICTS with the consumption of toxic substances.

Which health messages work?
(Cornell Food & Brand Lab) Is it better to be positive or negative? Many of the most vivid public health appeals have been negative -- 'Smoking Kills' or 'Drive, Drive, and Die' -- but do these negative messages work when it comes to changing eating behavior?

Individuals may fail to navigate complex tradeoffs in privacy decision-making
(Carnegie Mellon University) Carnegie Mellon University researchers detail the privacy hurdles people face while navigating in the information age, and what should be done about privacy at a policy level, in a review published in the Jan. 30 special issue of the journal Science.

Study shows Tamiflu gets patients back on their feet faster, reduces flu complications
(University of Michigan) Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of antiviral drugs to help treat influenza, in a year when the available vaccine is not a good match for the current strain.

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