KGW8: The Oregonian launches database of grocery store grades. “Unlike other states, Oregon did not have a quick and easy way to get information on how local grocery stores where doing on routine state food safety inspections. That changed Jan. 10 when The Oregonian launched a searchable database that provides thousands of grocery store inspections online. Records are shown for stores that have a retail license and handle or prepare raw food, The Oregonian said.”
The Scientist: Can Social Media Inform Public Health Efforts?. “On March 14, 2014, HealthMap—an online database created by researchers at Boston’s Children’s Hospital in 2006 to collect accounts of disease cases from various online sources—notified scientists of an article written in French about cases of a ‘strange fever’ in Macenta, Guinea. Nine days later, the World Health Organization officially announced an Ebola outbreak in the area.”
CNN Philippines: Twitter partners with DOH, WHO PH in effort to stop spread of vaccine misinformation. “The Department of Health and the World Health Organization-Philippines have found an ally in social media giant Twitter in an initiative aimed at stopping the spread of false information on vaccines.”
Washington Post: Facebook ads push misinformation about HIV prevention drugs, LGBT activists say, ‘harming public health’ . “Facebook users have been bombarded with misleading ads about medication meant to prevent the transmission of HIV, according to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocates, who say the tech giant’s refusal to remove the content has created a public-health crisis.”
MobiHealthNews: FDA, NIH’s newest app asks clinicians to log case data when treating difficult infections. “The FDA and National Institutes of Health are tapping the clinical community and a newly launched mobile platform in its search for novel infectious disease interventions. Called CURE ID, the online data repository will allow clinicians to report instances in which existing FDA-approved drugs are used to successfully treat infections.”
United Nations: Measles ‘misinformation campaigns’ through social media, fuel rising toll. “Measles deaths and infections in 2019 are set to ‘substantially exceed’ last year’s toll when more than 142,000 people died from the preventable disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.”
The Irish Times: Social media companies ‘must do more’ on vaccine misinformation – Harris. “Minister for Health Simon Harris said social media companies have ‘much more work’ to do to combat anti-vaccination misinformation on their platforms. Vaccine hesitancy has been identified by the World Health Organisation as one of the 10 leading threats to global health in 2019.” I don’t know why I thought anti-vaxxing was a social issue limited only to America.