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SEEING ME  A sense of being a self in one’s own body develops in phases over many years, beginning by age 6, a new study finds. Researchers studied kids and adults who felt a touch on their actual backs as they saw a virtual version of themselves touched on the back with a stick. Here, a 5-year-old girl models a virtual reality device used in the study.

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TOO-GREAT EXPECTATIONS  Online reviews by users of over-the-counter cholesterol reduction and weight loss products represent select samples that vastly overstate outcomes for most people. The popularity of online reviews of many medical treatments underscores a growing need for well-conducted clinical trials.

Nudge

NUDGE BACKLASH  Nudging people to make good choices, about their retirement plans, charitable giving or even preventive health care, does not always go as planned.

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