How the science of memory can make contact tracing more effective

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Four psychologists created a tool that can jog your memory of close contacts—so you can do your own contact tracing if you test positive. Imagine you begin to feel ill on Thursday, a few days after returning from a trip. You’re afraid it’s COVID-19, so you get tested on Friday. Even under good circumstances, it will probably be at least Monday before a contact tracer calls from the health department. And then some phone tag may ensue before you speak with anyone—if you get a call at all . Read Full Story

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Still taking that medication? JAMA says your doctor might not tell you when to stop

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An eye-opening paper reveals that you need to advocate for yourself. Did you know that many common medical tests and treatments come with specific guidelines on how to begin and ramp up treatment—but minimal recommendations for doctors on when and how to stop? Welcome to modern medicine: Unless your doctor is particularly detail oriented, she might not tell you to stop taking your pills. Not surprisingly, this dynamic dovetails nicely with the interests of the $1.3 trillion pharmaceutical industry, among others. Read Full Story

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TikTok has a year in review feature, too: Here’s how to get it

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What was your TikTok vibe in 2020? Take a scroll down memory lane and find out. If you really want to look back on this dumpster fire of a year, there’s one way that might bring a smile to your face. TikTok just released its “Year in TikTok” feature that promises to recap the metrics that kept you mesmerized for so many minutes (or hours or days) while you were pinned in by the pandemic. Read Full Story

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