Exposed: Social Media Dangers
What if a man you'd never met before approached you to share some of the most intimate, personal details of your life — details such as where you were born, where you went on vacation and even the names of your pets? Would you think he was blessed with psychic abilities? Or, would you wonder if it was something more sinister?
If you tag your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram posts with your location — known as "geo-tagging" — you might be allowing complete strangers to access not only your whereabouts, but quite a bit of your personal information as well.
In a recent "social experiment," filmmaker Jack Vale followed stranger's social posts to find out how much personal information he could glean. He then used it to "prank" those people on the street. "You would be shocked at how many people we found who had their settings set to "private," and we still found personal information about them, medical information, in fact, because it starts this whole chain of events where now you're clicking on their friends and other postings."
Social trends can be wild and provocative, but can they be dangerous too? The latest alleged trend is something called the "knockout game" — a reported "game" in which one or more assailants attempt to knock out an unsuspecting victim. The Doctors weigh in on the controversial subject.
Gymnast Defies Disability
When gymnast Lola leaps for the uneven bars, she has no idea how far away they are. And when she runs full tilt toward the vault, she only sees a blur.
Lola, 14, is legally blind, but that hasn't stopped her from participating in a sport that requires strength, endurance and agility. " What I love about gymnastics is just getting to flip around. It's really fun," Lola says. "I would say the hardest part is that occasionally, I will see two beams, and that makes it harder for me to focus."
Lola was diagnosed with achiasma when she was 4 years old, after she saw a pediatric ophthalmologist for her nystagmus, a condition which causes Lola's eyes to shift back and forth rapidly.
Achiasma, which causes nystagmus, occurs when the optic nerves do not combine during development. Normally, half the optic nerve fibers from each eye cross over to the opposite hemisphere. But with this condition, the nerves do not give Lola's brain the signals that she needs to process visual information.
A gymnast since she was 3, Lola says she takes inspiration from one of her personal heroes, Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas. "A lot of it has to do with how she grew up and still managed to make it to the Olympics, even though she had a really hard childhood."
Mary Murphy's Diet Secret!
Reality star Mary Murphy, best known as the fun-loving judge on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, recently started a new diet to eat more healthily and wound up losing 30 pounds in just four months!
"That's basically where I've been trying to go, to a healthier way [of eating]," Mary says. "It's a bonus that I'm losing weight at the same time!"
Although Mary is feeling more fit since losing the weight, she recently found out about a health condition that left her with questions. She opens up to The Doctors about the ovarian cancer scare she's never shared publicly.
Imagine having to cover your underarms with bandages every day because of an embarrassing and mysterious skin condition.
Angel, 41, has been living with a chronic sweat gland disease called hidradenitis suppurativa. With this condition, patients typically develop painful lesions in the armpits, groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts. The lesions often build up, break open and leak pus. The condition is rare, but has no known cure.
"I can't even wear something as simple as a bathing suit, a tank top, a sleeveless dress," Angel says. "I don't feel beautiful."