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September 3rd, 2010
03:40 PM ET

Latest hand transplant patient shows progress

The third person in the United States to receive a double hand transplant can already move his fingers.

Last month, in a first-of-its-kind procedure, doctors at the Jewish Hospital Hand Care Center were able to salvage most of the nerves and tendons in Richard Edwards' hands. They left his original hands intact and connected nerves to restore their function.

Now, Edwards can make a full fist with one hand and a half-fist with the other. His doctors say his progress is a good sign and that Edwards is six months ahead of where they suspected he would be.

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September 2nd, 2010
02:08 PM ET

Foursquare offers badge for STD testing

Social networking on phones has gotten competitive with Foursquare, a tool that lets people "check in" at the locations they visit. The reward for frequent visits to a single place is the "mayor" title - which leads to colleagues vying to be mayor of the office parking lot and restaurant patrons trying to score discounts reserved for mayors.

Now there's another distinction you can earn in Foursquare: a badge for getting tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The initiative is part of It's Your (Sex) Life, a partnership between MTV and the Kaiser Family Foundation to promote sexual health responsibility in young people.

The new campaign is called Get Yourself Tested. Its website offers a wealth of information about STDs and how you can get tested, as well as additional resources. You can enter your ZIP code on the website to find a convenient local testing center.

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August 12th, 2010
04:31 PM ET

Smart phones feed medical researchers info

Smart phones are getting smarter– they are being  used in medical studies. Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center used smart phones to get real-time data from participants who were trying to quit smoking.

This new way of collecting data is called ecological momentary assessment, or EMA.  For the smoking study, when participants experienced a craving they turned on their phones and it prompted them to answer a series of questions about their mood, thoughts, location, stress level, whom they were with and what they were doing." FULL POST


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