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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What to Look Out for

Wall Street expects a year-over-year decline in earnings on lower revenues when Align Technology (ALGN) reports results for the quarter ended June 2020. While this widely-known consensus outlook is important in gauging the company’s earnings picture, a powerful factor that could impact its near-term stock price is how the actual results compare to these estimates.

The earnings report, which is expected to be released on July 22, 2020, might help the stock move higher if these key numbers are better than expectations. On the other hand, if they miss, the stock may move lower.

While the sustainability of the immediate price change and future earnings expectations will mostly depend on management’s discussion of business conditions on the earnings call, it’s worth handicapping the probability of a positive EPS surprise.

Zacks Consensus Estimate

This maker of the Invisalign tooth-straightening system is expected to post quarterly loss of $0.01 per share in

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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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