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What digital divide? Seniors embrace social technology


Contrary to popular belief, older adults enjoy emailing, instant messaging, Facebook and other forms of social technology. Not only that, but such online networking appears to reduce seniors' loneliness and even improve their health.
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Early education benefits children with disabilities


Young children with multiple disabilities who are enrolled in the Head Start program have better literacy, reading and math scores than children who aren't in the federally funded program, indicates a new study by Michigan State University researchers.
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Low rate of Internet use by seniors for health purposes


In a study appearing in the August 2 issue of JAMA, David M. Levine, M.D., M.A., of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and colleagues examined trends in seniors' use of digital health technology in the U.S. from 2011-2014.
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Unlocking the languages of autistic children in families


Researchers at the University of Kent are arguing that creativity and intermedial languages can be used as a bridge to communicate with autistic children.
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Social robots - programmable by everyone


The social robots of the startup LuxAI can be used, for example, in the educational or health system, where they would support trainers and therapists in their work. The robots can be programmed to practice vocabulary with children or to make rehabilitation exercises with stroke patients.
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