Fight a Craving with a Computer Game

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_61f969f6f2.jpgHuchen Lu/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- If you’re craving chocolate, a cigarette or a doughnut and want to lessen or eliminate the desire, play a computer game. According to a new study, playing a computer game can lessen the urge for sweets, a smoke and even sex. A team of researchers at Plymouth University's Cognition Institute in the U.K. measured the effects of the computer game Tetris on individuals who reported “natural” cravings of varying degrees.

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An Analysis of Selfies

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_453e4b8525.jpggpointstudio/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- A group of researchers decided to focus on selfies and recently analyzed a random selection of 656,000 Instagram photos taken in New York, Sao Paulo, Berlin, Bangkok and Moscow to look for insights on gender behavior, age, happiness and even head tilt. The team led by Lev Manovich, a professor of computer science, and Moritz Stefaner, an information-visualization consultant, decided to "investigate selfies using a mix of theoretic, artistic and quantitative methods."

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Docs Push for More Pushing, Fewer C-Sections

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_2f6413122b.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Moms-to-be might have to push a little longer before being offered a C-section. New guidelines issued Wednesday by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine recommend that laboring women push for at least two hours before considering a cesarean delivery. First-time moms and epidural-users should push even longer, according to the guidelines.

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Physician Online Rating Systems Becoming More Popular

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_ea147e9b0e.jpgiStockphoto/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Doctors might not appreciate them but that's not stopping more prospective patients from consulting online ratings before they select a physician. In a survey of 2,100 Americans conducted by the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, two-thirds of respondents are aware that doctor-rating sites such as Health Grades and Rate MDs exist while 25 percent of respondents say they used at least one such website during the past year.

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Smartphone App Aids Young Women in Abusive Relationships

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-02_84b3d619f0.jpgStockbyte/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- In a collaborative effort, University of Missouri researchers have developed a smartphone app geared for women ages 18 to 24, who are typically most susceptible to dating violence. Together with Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and the One Love Foundation, the Missouri team has introduced the "One Love My Plan" app designed to help women clarify priorities if they find themselves in an abusive relationship.

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