If this all sounds a bit Shakespearean to you, note that there's a take-home message: Because stress is well known to exacerbate asthma, especially among people who are depressed, and as Facebook can be a source of social and emotional stress for so many, doctors treating people with asthma should be aware of Facebook's (and other social networks') potential role in triggering asthma attacks.
Research reported Tuesday at the annual meeting of the American Public Health Association teens' excessive texting was linked to increased risk of tobacco, drug and alcohol use, fighting and having sex.
I hate that loving, well-meaning parents have to think twice before taking bear-rug photos of their kids. But I suppose it's more important to protect children against pedophiles and other dangers than to have immortal images of their bare butts.
Could either of my kids do without Facebook for a whole month? I'm not sure they could, even if there were money in it for them. I'm not even sure I'm inclined to suggest it. It's an important part of their social lives. Plus, there's not (yet) much evidence that Facebook poses a health risk -- except in those awful incidents involving cyberbullying. (Here's Facebook's anti-bullying page.)
In a chilling reminder that everything you post on line has a chance of becoming more public than you'd intended, the Wall Street Journal this week reported on a common practice called "scraping," in which companies cull social media sites and other Internet-based forums for personal data to supply to interested corporations and other concerns.
How did the world learn that Demi Moore had switched from The Master Cleanse to the Clean Program a few weeks back? Through the actress's tweets, of course. Moore, known on Twitter as "mrskutcher," tweeted on July 27 that she'd made the switch. The tweet attracted a fair amount of...