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. “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. “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. “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. “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.”
ZDNet: Meds prescriptions for 78,000 patients left in a database with no password. “A MongoDB database was left open on the internet without a password, and by doing so, exposed the personal details and prescription information for more than 78,000 US patients.”
Journalist’s Resource: How to combat health misinformation online: A research roundup. “Is it possible to stem the tide of misinformation online? If it is, what are the most effective ways to do so? We turned to a source of high-quality information – peer-reviewed academic research – to look for answers. Below we’ve summarized seven recent academic studies on the efficacy of interventions used to correct health misinformation. It’s worth noting that the first three studies included in this roundup focus on a small group of students from one university. Additionally, all of these studies are behavioral experiments, which tend to have relatively small sample sizes, and are intended to complement other forms of research.” What an interesting roundup!