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CE#628: AT&T to Spend Tens of Millions to Promote Safe Texting (ReadWriteWeb)

Texting while driving contributes to nearly 100,000 crashes causing injury or death per year. Loathe to be held responsible for such a grim statistic, AT&T has announced a campaign to stop texting while driving as well as an app to help curb the practice.

AT&T announced a new public awareness effort  today as part of its ongoing “It Can Wait” initiative to bring attention to the dangers of texting while driving. The campaign calls for people to make a lifelong commitment to safe texting. It will culminate with a “No Text On Board” pledge day on September 19.

Texting while driving is especially prevalent among teenagers. An AT&T survey showed that 97% of teens say texting and driving is “common” among their friends. About 89% of teens expect to reply to a text or an email on their phones within five minutes or less, whether or not they are driving. It is not just young people, though, as 77% of teens in the survey reported seeing their parents texting while driving.

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CE#544: Hugh Herr, Leader of the Bionic Age (TIME)

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CE#530: Death By Bacon? Study Finds Eating Meat Is Risky (npr)

Bacon has been called the gateway meat, luring vegetarians back to meat. And hot dogs are a staple at many a backyard BBQ.

But a new study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds that daily consumption of red meat — particularly processed meat — may be riskier than carnivores realize.

“The statistics are staggering,” study author Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public health, told us. “The increased risk is really substantial.”

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CE#518: A Good Culture May Save Your Life (OPEN Forum AMEX)

Alexandra Levit’s column explores workplace culture and building a better business. Published every Thursday.

If you have to get rushed to the hospital, you’d better hope it’s one where everyone is smiling, because according to 2011 research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, hospitals with strong cultures consistently report better patient outcomes.

I thought that care for heart attack victims was pretty standard in this country, but it turns out that’s not the case.  Patient death rates vary considerably, as much as twofold between the highest- and lowest-performing hospitals, and you’re more likely to survive in a hospital that has great team spirit.

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CE#514: Why Bad Bosses Infect Your Life (Lifehacker)

Those of us who have had to deal with annoying or aggravating bosses know how it’s tough to shake it off at the end of the day, but a new study explains why it’s so hard, and why so many of us suck at it and wind up bringing our stress home—where it doesn’t just hurt you: It hurts your family, your friends, and your other relationships. Let’s look at the study and talk about some ways you can learn to check your bad boss at the office door when you leave work.

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CE#510: Why Companies Should Force Employees to Unplug (TIME/Business)

t is quitting time, and you know the drill. You grab your coat and slip on your Bluetooth for a quick call with a client on the commute home. You stop at the grocery store and, while you are in line, pluck out your BlackBerry to respond to emails. You arrive home, sit down to dinner and try hard to resist the flashing red light on your smartphone. Dinner is done: Time to check your email again, clear the dishes, and sit on the couch for some TV — with your computer on your lap, of course. Just a few last emails and then it is time for bed. You will soon wake up to do it all over again tomorrow.


Welcome to the new world of work, where 5:30 p.m. is far from the end of the day. It is a world in which smartphones and laptop computers — devices that ostensibly enable us to work faster, more efficiently and more flexibly — have become 24/7 intravenous hookups to our jobs. Not only do we have difficulty maintaining personal boundaries with work because our lives and jobs are so enmeshed with technology, but we also feel intense pressure from our organizations to be “always on” and immediately responsive to calls and emails outside of normal working hours.

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CE#491: Facebook More Addictive Than Cigarettes, Study Says (Forbes)

Forget the Marlboro Reds and whiskey, what you’re developing the biggest dependency on might not be chemical at all: it’s social media. According to a study from ChicagoUniversity, texting and checking Facebook and Twitter come in just below sex and sleep on impossible to resist urges.

Subjects aged 18-85 were given blackberries and sent out into the wild, and then the researchers messaged them to see if they were feeling urges to check social media: they found that almost all the time, they were experiencing a powerful desire. Of course, the constant Blackberry interaction with reserachers seems to have become a sort of social media of its own.

“Modern life is a welter of assorted desires marked by frequent conflict and resistance, the latter with uneven success,” lead researcher Wilhelm Hofmann, told The Guardian. But according to the paper, checking these devices is as much about the desire to work as it is to relax.

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