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Study Shows How Tech like Fitbit and Facebook Could Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Stay Healthy

Study Shows How Tech like Fitbit and Facebook Could Help Childhood Cancer Survivors Stay Healthy

We’re all familiar with Facebook and Fitbit — they’re convenient technologies that make our lives a bit easier. But scientists at Seattle Children’s Research Institute are hoping those technologies could help solve a very specific need: helping childhood cancer survivors stay healthy. A new study led by researcher and physician Dr. Jason Mendoza tested the idea by enrolling 60 childhood cancer survivors in a pilot program that used Fitbit tracking and a Facebook support group to encourage them to be more physically active.

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