Social Media and Chronic Illness: An Impact That Transcends a Screen (CNET)

CNET: Social Media and Chronic Illness: An Impact That Transcends a Screen. “Before the digital era, it was nearly impossible to connect with others who had similar illnesses, let alone see the scale of chronic illness visibility. But social media is changing that. Many people with chronic illnesses have turned to social platforms to share their stories in the hope that it’ll prove helpful to anyone experiencing a similar situation.”

Los Angeles Times: The wellness community’s fight over COVID vaccine misinformation

Los Angeles Times: The wellness community’s fight over COVID vaccine misinformation – Los Angeles Times. “The vaccination selfie, showing a gloved hand holding a needle and a smiling face hidden behind a mask, looked like thousands of others posted to Instagram as the COVID-19 vaccine rolled out across the U.S. But the comments it drew did not. Sell out puppet, sneered one user in response to Dr. Michael Greger’s photo. Burning your book tonight in my fire pit, said a second. Another simply wrote: 👎💔💩.”

WHO Global Health Facilities Database: Ensuring access to primary healthcare and UHC (World Health Organization)

World Health Organization: WHO Global Health Facilities Database: Ensuring access to primary healthcare and UHC. “The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed urgent gaps in countries’ current ability to locate health facilities, impeding progress to provide equitable access to therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccinations through the ACT-Accelerator and other initiatives. As a standardized and open access repository of health facility information, the database will provide critical insights to deliver primary health care, especially during emergencies. It will also leverage the power of geospatial data to map health facilities in relation to communities and help bridge long-standing inequalities in access and use.”

HuffPost: I Gained 70 Pounds During COVID. Here’s What Happened On My First Day Back In The Office.

HuffPost: I Gained 70 Pounds During COVID. Here’s What Happened On My First Day Back In The Office.. “When we are finally able to climb out of survival mode after this traumatic, globe-changing event, I’m hoping most people will be far more concerned about how to acclimate back into their long-abandoned routines, how to fortify their depleted mental health, how to honor those we have lost by relearning the little things we didn’t know were what added up to make us human. I hope it’s soul stuff we’ll be focused on, not bodies. I do want to get back to a more active lifestyle, because, well, movement feels good. But whether I eventually lose the weight I gained or not (and if I do, I will miss you, massive boobs!), I have to do my best to accept my body where it is every step of the way.”

Radio Iowa: U-I wins grant for health stories project

Radio Iowa: U-I wins grant for health stories project. “A project-based at the University of Iowa has won a national grant to launch a digital library for demonstrating the importance of stories about health. The narratives will teach people how to gather personal stories about health — in English and Spanish. Codirector Daena Goldsmith says the project has the ability to improve patients’ lives and improve health care provider morale, especially during a pandemic.”

Search Engine Land: Meta will remove targeting options for sensitive topics on January 19

Search Engine Land: Meta will remove targeting options for sensitive topics on January 19. “Meta will remove certain targeting options relating to sensitive topics on January 19, 2022. ‘Health causes,’ ‘sexual orientation,’ ‘religious practices and groups,’ and ‘political beliefs, social issues, causes, organizations and figures,’ were among the examples of targeting options slated for deprecation.”

Cornell Chronicle: Roper Center launches Health Poll Database

Cornell Chronicle: Roper Center launches Health Poll Database. “Supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the new database offers the public unprecedented access to questions and results from more than 85 years of U.S. national polls on health-related topics. This new resource promotes an understanding of public opinion on a broad range of health issues.”

Bloomberg: Google’s Medical Chief Says Company Shifting Health Focus

Bloomberg: Google’s Medical Chief Says Company Shifting Health Focus. “In August, the leader of Google Health departed and the division dissolved. While some interpreted the moves as evidence that Google was retreating from health care, the company’s chief health officer said the changes reflected a shifting focus, not an abandonment of a sector the search giant has trumpeted as a promising future business.”

9News: Colorado fitness coach regrets not getting COVID-19 vaccine after 2-month hospital stay

9News: Colorado fitness coach regrets not getting COVID-19 vaccine after 2-month hospital stay. “He was once a fitness coach and the epitome of strength – now after two months in the hospital, Bill Phillips is a changed man. The 56-year-old didn’t think he needed the COVID-19 vaccine and that decision almost killed him. Phillips said he caught the virus the first time in January 2020. A test found he had antibodies so he decided to not get vaccinated. He caught COVID-19 again in June 2021. ”

Techdirt: Naturopath Sues Twitter After It Bans Her Account For Spreading Medical Misinformation

Techdirt: Naturopath Sues Twitter After It Bans Her Account For Spreading Medical Misinformation . “This lawsuit [PDF], however, has an actual lawyer behind it. And by actual lawyer, I mean a lawyer whose representation may be less useful than no representation at all. The lawyer helping the plaintiff bring this constitutional violation lawsuit against Twitter is David Yerushalmi, perhaps best know for being a bit bigoted himself.”

Duke Today: ’Smart Toilet’ Uses Artificial Intelligence To Monitor Bowel Health

Duke Today: ’Smart Toilet’ Uses Artificial Intelligence To Monitor Bowel Health. “An artificial intelligence tool being developed by Duke scientists can be added to the standard toilet to help analyze patients’ stool and give gastroenterologists the information they need to provide appropriate treatment for chronic issues such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).”

Harvard Gazette: Tracking progression of disease through internet searches for symptoms

Harvard Gazette: Tracking progression of disease through internet searches for symptoms. “You’re not feeling well so you open a search engine and type: fever, dry cough, hoping to find hints of what you may have. A handful of days later, you’re feeling worse, and you type in: trouble breathing. It turns out you’re not the only one who’s doing this, and a Harvard senior’s research project suggests that tracking the results of all those searches can tell us something about the progression of a new disease in individuals and through a population.”

The Register: Google’s Pixel phones to measure heart rate and breathing, other ‘droids coming soon

The Register: Google’s Pixel phones to measure heart rate and breathing, other ‘droids coming soon. “Google has announced that its own Pixel Android phones will soon gain the power to measure users heart rate and respiratory rate. With the help of the Google Fit app, Pixel phones will measure breaths if users ‘place your head and upper torso in view of your phone’s front-facing camera and breathe normally.’”