How YouTube’s bias algorithm hurts those looking for information on health

YouTube hosts millions of videos related to health care.

The Health Information National Trends Survey reports that 75% of Americans go to the internet first when looking for information about health or medical topics. YouTube is one of the most popular online platforms, with billions of views every day, and has emerged as a significant source of health information.

Several public health agencies, such as state health departments, have invested resources in YouTube as a channel for health communication. Patients with chronic health conditions especially rely on social media, including YouTube videos, to learn more about how to manage their conditions.

But video recommendations on such sites could exacerbate preexisting disparities in health.

A significant fraction of the U.S. population is estimated to have limited health literacy, or the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information, such as the ability to read and comprehend

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Portsmouth sailor charged with giving classified information to a Russian

A Navy sailor stationed in Portsmouth is facing charges that he gave classified information to a Russian he knew.

Chief Petty Officer Charles T. Briggs is scheduled to be arraigned next week at a general court-martial. Military court documents don’t say what kind of information he’s accused of giving the Russian or how he knew the person.

Briggs, who works in information and technology at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, is charged with unauthorized distribution of classified information obtained from a government computer, obstructing justice, communicating defense information, possessing child pornography, attempting to view child pornography, two counts of violating a general regulation and three counts of making false official statements.

According to the charge sheet, Briggs used a government computer to get secret information on or around Jan. 9, 2019, and had reason to believe the information could be used to “injure the United States or benefit a foreign national.”

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L.A. teachers demand better technology to avoid remote learning chaos in fall

By Jane Ross and Andrew Hay

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After being told to return to remote education in the fall, Los Angeles teachers are demanding greater technology support to avoid the chaos they say they faced when the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools to abruptly switch to online learning in March.  

The nation’s second-largest school district and the union representing its 30,000 teachers were due to open negotiations on Thursday to hammer out work rules governing instruction for some 700,000 children at home.

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and United Teachers Los Angeles have so far spoken only in broad terms about how they aim to improve an online instruction formula that Grace Regullano, the union’s research director, called “crisis learning.”

She and other union members said increased funding for better connectivity, equipment and information-technology support – especially for students with disabilities and those from poorer households –

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Wellesley Coronavirus Grants Fund New Technology At Nursing Home

WELLESLEY, MA — The latest round of grants from Wellesley’s coronavirus relief grant program awarded over $6,000 to a nursing and rehabilitation facility. Elizabeth Seton Residence in Wellesley was awarded $6,779 — the bulk of which will be used on new technology to keep residents connected but safe in the age of COVID-19.

This latest round of grants brings the total amount of money awarded by the COVID-19 Relief Fund to nearly $94,000 in 10 weeks.

The grant money for Elizabeth Seton Residence will pay for:

• Boogie Board Writing Tablets to help caregivers better communicate with residents. Wearing masks eliminates visual cues between nursing staff and residents and creates frustration. Grant money will purchase 86 tablets for resident rooms that can be quickly used to communicate information and needs. The tablets can also be easily sanitized.

• PockeTalkers and Headphones will enhance the quality of communication between residents and

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