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Study: Robotic infant simulators actually promote teen pregnancy

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Robotic infant simulators — or robot babies — used by schools to help prevent teen pregnancy actually have the opposite effect, according to a study published in the British health journal The Lancet. Australian researchers randomly assigned nearly 3,000 teenage girls to one of two groups. Some received an automated doll (programmed to cry, sleep, eat and spoil its diapers on a realistic schedule, with sensors to track whether students are properly caring for it), while others received only standard health education. The researchers tracked the girls until they turned 20, using records from hospital and abortion clinics. more

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