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The Intervention App for Alcoholics

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Have an addiction? Like most things in this world, there’s an app for that. And according to new research, it actually works.

Though alcoholism is a life-long disease and research shows continuing care produces better outcomes, most patients leave treatment with only themselves to rely on. Often users report the weeks after rehab to be harder than treatment itself due to the lack of support. But a new app might be the way to change all that.Each year in the U.S., excessive drinking takes 88,000 lives and costs about $224 billion. And for the roughly 18 million Americans with some kind of alcohol use disorder, it can be terribly difficult to quit.

You're Hired

Obamacare Frees Us from Cubicles

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Now that Obamacare has removed healthcare from employment, people can leave their cubicles and pursue part-time labor. With apps like Uber, that labor might happen on a micro-level.

Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 anthem may need a 21st century reboot. In 2013, 75% of the almost 1 million new jobs added to the US economy were part time according to CNBC. Obamacare, a weak recovery, and global unrest are just some of the reasons cited for this phenomenon that contributes to the hot button issues of inequality and poverty. However, one nascent winner has been the rise of crowdsourced fractional labor. With services like Airbnb, Uber, Fiverr, almost anything can be outsourced with the click of an app.

Cough, Cough

I’m a Doctor, Not a Wizard

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In the fight against antibiotic resistance, patients must understand: Doctors can’t cure everything with a prescription. It’s sometimes better if they don’t give you any medicine at all.

I am not a wizard. That probably does not seem like a particularly controversial statement on its face. As famous as the physician “god complex” may be, presumably nobody really thinks doctors have actual superhuman powers. I make diagnoses and prescribe treatments. I don’t exorcise demons, I don’t dole out potions, and I can’t cast spells. Unfortunately, it seems like some patients think otherwise.Any day now we will come to the end of winter weather, and with it the end of cold and flu season.

Streaming

The Netflix Killer?

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If any company can take Netflix down, it’s Apple. Pair Apple with Comcast, and it seems like certain death.

Apple is in talks with Comcast, the nation’s #1 cable giant, about starting a new Internet-based streaming service, The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. And that could pose a big threat to Netflix. Netflix shares are down another 3% today, in fact, after dropping 4% on Friday as well.A deal between Apple and Comcast would be a huge advance for Net-TV, streaming live and on-demand video from a new Apple set-top device plugged directly into Comcast cable systems.

The Man with 3 Testicles

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This takes over-sharing to a new level: a Reddit user posted a photo of his three (count ‘em) testicles. Earlier this year, another user showed off his two penises. Have we seen it all?

A young man who just turned 18 years old finally has told the world his bountiful news. He has three testicles (image NSFW). The news hit the small screen with a big splash, following so closely on the heels of the man with two penises.Ah the wonders of Reddit et al – Russia invading Ukraine, planes disappearing, mudslides destroying families – but we guys can pause a moment to consider what life might have been like if we too were traveling along the three-lane highway.

Bookworm

Apps to Get Your Sherlock On

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With the overwhelming amount of content available both online and in print, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Thankfully, a few great apps can help you read and remember more.

They say that knowledge is power. In an age when we can get local news from 10 time zones before breakfast, and people are sharing articles at the speed of a tweet, staying in the know has become increasingly more difficult. Worse than that, the fear of missing out overwhelms many people and causes such a great amount of stress that their overall productivity gets seriously hindered.I live a busy life, running several companies and being a husband and father to three young boys.

Antisocialite

Cloak: The New Anti-Social Media

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The turf war for social media top dog has never been more ferocious, with new apps encouraging us to update the world on our lives’ minutiae being launched daily. But, mercifully, there’s a new creation willing us to embrace our anti-social sides: Cloak, the app that tells you where your friends are so that you can avoid them at all costs.Cloak works by pulling in geo-data from people’s Instagram and Foursquare accounts, pinning users down to whichever street they’re posting from (and thereby enabling you to dodge them completely).

Going Viral

Ebola's Back: Here are the Facts

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The rampant deaths in Guinea have Westerners on high alert about Ebola, but Dr. Kent Sepkowtiz says contracting it in the U.S. is unlikely as the uncontrollable outbreak stems from the absent health care systems in resource-strapped foreign countries.

Ebola virus is back. In the last few weeks, reports from Guinea, a small country in West Africa (formerly French Guinea and not to be confused with either nearby Guinea-Bissau or New Guinea, the large island north of Australia) have identified at least 80 cases of Ebola resulting in 59 deaths. This is the first large outbreak since 2012 when the virus killed several persons in Uganda and the first natural outbreak of the disease in West Africa.

Now You See It…

The Best Stealth Fighter

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The U.S. military likes to think it makes the world’s most sophisticated combat aircraft. Think again.

In 2005, Lockheed Martin labeled the F-35, the stealthy new jet they were building for the Pentagon, as a “fifth-generation” fighter. Ironically, it was a term that they had borrowed from Russia to describe a different stealthy fighter, the F-22. But the term caught on. Some of Lockheed’s rivals tumbled into this rhetorical trap and tried to argue that “fourth-generation” was just as capable—whether it is true or not, making such a case is an uphill struggle.

Something’s Fishy

Seafood’s Dirty Secret

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A new report by Oceana exposes nine U.S. fisheries that throw away half of what they catch, and kill dolphins, sea turtles, whales, and more in the process.

These fisheries are even fishier than they smell.A new study released this week called Wasted Catch: Unsolved Bycatch Problems in U.S. Fisheries reveals the nine dirtiest fisheries in the United States. It’s a dirty bunch indeed, the waste between them accounting for nearly half a billion wasted seafood meals in the U.S. alone.Culled by Oceana, the largest international organization for ocean conservation, the fisheries are ranked based on bycatch—the amount of unwanted creatures caught while commercial fishing.

Get Your Zzzzs

6 Sleep Myths to Put to Bed

Jessica Peterson

By Diana Kelly for Life by DailyBurn The real reason you can’t fall asleep might not be as simple as you think. If you’ve ever said, “I need to catch up on sleep,” or cranked up the radio while driving to offset fatigue, you’ve been letting some of these myths creep into your life. Quit believing in these six misconceptions and instead take our experts’ advice on how to kick that tired feeling to the curb—for good.1. “If I miss sleep during the week, I can make up for it on the weekend.

Bedside Manner

How to Tell Someone They're Dying

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Many doctors receive no formal training in how to deliver bad news to patients, though it’s a critical part of the profession.

I never dress up for Halloween in my office. As a pediatrician, you’d think it would be the holiday I most looked forward to, with its potential for goofy fun. But other than an easily-removed item like a funny hat or silly pin, I don’t wear a costume. The reason I don’t is summed up in a little pearl of wisdom someone told me during medical school, after I had settled on pediatrics as a specialty: “You never want to tell someone their child has cancer when you’re wearing clown make-up.

Misinformation

How the FDA Blew Birth Control

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Contraceptives like Plan B don’t prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman’s body. But their labels still say they do—and they’ve become a tool for conservative activists.

On March 25, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in cases brought by for-profit companies that object to covering certain kinds of FDA-approved birth control for their employees, as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Both corporations—Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties—say the contraception demand conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs. Namely, they believe life is sacred, that life begins when an egg is fertilized, and that some contraceptive pills and devices could endanger that life.

Pow Pow

Video Games Make You (More) Racist

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Gamers are used to defending their hobby against claims of violence. Now they have something else to contend with: racism.

Academics are quick to debunk the conservative idea—repeatedly offered in the wake of school shootings—that Grand Theft Auto or Call of Duty can turn someone into a mass murderer. Not only are video games unlikely to drive you to kill, new research shows that they might even be good for you. Several studies in 2012 found gamers to be more creative and better at decision-making. Last year, the American Psychological Association released a massive review of existing research showing that video games (even the violent shooter ones) “boost[ed] children’s learning, health and social skills.

Home Screen

Reddit Founder’s 7 Fave Apps

The Daily Beast

In the third iteration of a new feature called Home Screen, Reddit co-founder, bestselling author, and “mayor of the Internet” Alexis Ohanian shares his iPhone’s home screen.

1.     Mailbox: I probably use Mailbox more than any other app (still not inbox zero—one day!).2.     GoogleVoice: [I use] GoogleVoice for SMS because I love having texts show up in my inbox and loathe unexpected phone calls.3.     Couple: It’s been saving my relationship while I’m on the road for my five-month Without Their Permission book tour.4.     Frontback: It’s my guilty pleasure. Finally an app that combines the selfie with a POV shot that almost makes the former socially acceptable.

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Lincoln Center, NYC | APRIL 3-5, 2014

The Women in the World 2014 Agenda

The Women in the World 2014 Agenda

The fifth annual summit hits New York's Lincoln Center stage April 3-5, 2014. Hear stirring true stories that stretch from war zones to Washington, and learn how you too can get involved. Watch LIVE on The Daily Beast starting today at 6:30PM EST!