Ars Technica: Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans

Ars Technica: Google has access to detailed health records on tens of millions of Americans. “The endeavor, code-named ‘Project Nightingale,’ has enabled at least 150 Google employees to see patient health information, which includes diagnoses, laboratory test results, hospitalization records, and other data, according to internal documents and the newspaper’s sources. In all, the data amounts to complete medical records, WSJ notes, and contains patient names and birth dates.”

Thompson Reuters Foundation: Medical data breach puts details of a million New Zealanders at risk

Thompson Reuters Foundation: Medical data breach puts details of a million New Zealanders at risk. “Nearly a million New Zealanders face the risk that their medical data has been accessed illegally after a cyber attack on the website of Tū Ora Compass Health, the company said on Saturday.”

Pinterest’s new vaccine search will offer something rare on social media: facts (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Pinterest’s new vaccine search will offer something rare on social media: facts. “On Wednesday, Pinterest announced a new step in its efforts to combat health misinformation on its platform: users will be able to search for 200 terms related to vaccines, but the results displayed will come from major public health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Vaccine Safety Net.”

Kawartha News: Find a tick? A new website can tell you if it’s the kind that carries Lyme disease

Kawartha News: Find a tick? A new website can tell you if it’s the kind that carries Lyme disease. “But not every one of the 40 species of ticks in Canada carries Lyme disease so, if you find a tick, the first step is to identify what species it is. There’s where a new website comes in…. you can submit a photo of any tick you find and get confirmation if it belongs to the species that carry Lyme bacteria. The website also includes real-time mapping of tick submissions, and a free mobile app will be launching in the fall.”

The Next Web: UK Alexa users can now get answers to medical questions right from the NHS

The Next Web: UK Alexa users can now get answers to medical questions right from the NHS. “Amazon’s Alexa is all set to gain medical smarts in the UK, thanks to a partnership with the National Health Service (NHS). The healthcare service said it’s teaming up with Amazon‘s voice assistant to help answer medical queries with advice from the service’s official website.”

Mashable: Facebook limits the spread of quack cancer treatments but leaves wellness alone

Mashable: Facebook limits the spread of quack cancer treatments but leaves wellness alone. “Facebook announced Tuesday that it had begun combatting the spread of ‘sensational health claims’ on the platform in June. Apparently, the announcement came in response to inquiries from the Wall Street Journal, regarding the paper’s investigation (also published Tuesday), about how “bogus cancer treatment claims” proliferate on Facebook and YouTube. “

ZDNet: Ad agency leaks data on US military veterans’ combat injuries

ZDNet: Ad agency leaks data on US military veterans’ combat injuries. “A Florida-based ad agency has left a database open on the internet that leaked details about past advertising campaigns, including information regarding medical malpractice cases, and sensitive details about combat injuries sustained by US military veterans.”