Health Care — Twitter to stop moderating COVID-19 misinformation

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Today in health, Twitter will no longer use its policy to lie about COVID-19 as part of Elon Musk’s intentions to reverse the moderation of content on the platform.

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Twitter will not implement a policy for misinformation related to COVID

Twitter is no longer enforcing its policy on misinformation about COVID-19 as part of changes made under new CEO Elon Musk.

Twitter didn’t officially announce the change, but added a note to the top of the page about the policy saying the rule is being reversed.

“As of November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer implementing a misinformation policy for COVID-19,” the note said.

  • The platform suspended more than 11,000 accounts for policy violations between January 2020 and September 2022, according to data published by Twitter.
  • The suspension of policy enforcement is part of the changes Musk has made since closing his $44 billion purchase of Twitter at the end of October. He has committed to creating a “freedom of speech” platform, describing the idea of ​​having minimal content moderation measures in place in a way that critics have warned will lead to hate speech and misinformation on the site.

Civil rights and other advocacy groups have been putting pressure on Musk to reverse course and bring back content moderation measures with a campaign urging advertisers to pull their ads from Twitter.

Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Counting Digital Hate, called the reversal of the COVID-19 disinformation policy a “senseless decision” that puts lives at risk and “opens the floodgates for those who spread deadly lies.”

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Flu season intensifies as 6M people infected in US: CDC

Flu season is in full swing in the US with more than 6 million cases confirmed so far, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported Monday.

The health center said in its weekly analysis that it has recorded more than 53,000 hospitalizations and 2,900 deaths from the flu this season, as of the week ending November 19.

Twelve children have died from the flu so far, the CDC said, and the hospitalization rate is the highest it has ever been for this flu season.

The flu season usually starts in October and ends around May, with a peak in December or January. It started in six weeks at the beginning of this year, which caused an increase in hospitalization rates.

  • Influenza A is the dominant virus, accounting for nearly 100 percent of all confirmed cases of the flu, according to the CDC.
  • Of the confirmed cases of Influenza A, 78 percent are the H3N2 strain
    22 percent is the H1N1 strain.

As of the week ending November 19, the states hit hardest by the flu so far this season include California, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington, Virginia and New Jersey, which are among those ranked by the CDC as having the highest activity levels. .

The flu outbreak comes as RSV cases begin to decline, meaning hospitals — which have been overwhelmed by pediatric rSV patients — can’t catch a break.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) unveiled a new plan Tuesday to get people with severe, untreated mental illness off the city’s streets and subways.

Under the plan, New York City facilities will be able to involuntarily hospitalize people who appear to be mentally ill or pose no threat to others around them.

At Tuesday’s press conference, Adams directed city agencies such as the New York Police Department, the New York City Fire Department, and paramedics to bring the mentally ill to hospitals for emergency care.

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“A common misunderstanding continues to be that we can’t provide help unless someone is violent, suicidal, or presents a risk of imminent harm,” Adams said.

“This myth must be stopped. Moving forward, we will do everything possible to help those who are mentally ill and whose illness puts them at risk by preventing them from meeting their basic needs.”

Read more here.


The number of new people who died from COVID-19 in 2021 exceeded the number in 2020, marking a change in the dynamics of the epidemic’s mortality.

That’s according to a new study from researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The results also showed the average age of death from COVID-19 decreased from 78 years in 2020 to 69 years in 2021.

“The shift in COVID-19 mortality among young adults in the second year of the pandemic has contributed to an increase in premature deaths from these seemingly preventable deaths,” study co-author Mark Czeisler, a medical student at Harvard Medical School, said in the release.

“Understanding the factors that contribute to this age shift is important as we continue to improve our knowledge of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Older adults tend to have higher vaccination rates than their younger counterparts, and these vulnerable populations tend to adhere more strongly to non-pharmacological interventions in 2021, the researchers wrote.

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A medical company, Google’s partner in cancer screening

Medical technology company iCAD Inc. announced Monday that it has signed a commercial agreement with Google Health to use its intelligence technology to improve breast cancer screening.

In a statement, iCAD said Google will license its AI technology for “breast cancer and personalized risk assessment.” This marks the first time that Google has entered into a commercial partnership to use its AI imaging technology for clinical practice.

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Google said in a statement that its mammography AI technology will be incorporated into iCAD products. According to both companies, the main purpose of this collaboration is to improve the detection of breast cancer and the assessment of human cancer risk.

  • “Partnering with Google is a historic milestone for our Company, as leveraging Google’s world-class AI and Cloud technologies elevates our core AI technology to the market and may accelerate adoption and expand global reach,” he said. -Stacey. Stevens, president and CEO of iCAD.
  • iCAD is already using AI technology in breast cancer screening. Steven said the inclusion of Google’s AI will allow his company to “improve the performance of our algorithms for both 2D and 3D mammography.”

In 2020, a study was published that found that Google’s AI was more effective than radiologists in the UK and the US when it came to accurately diagnosing breast cancer, reducing false positives and false negatives.

Read more here.


  • One step closer to a universal flu vaccine? (The New York Times)
  • Former CEO of Merck: Democracy and the drug industry are both at risk (Statistics)
  • RSV cases may be on the rise in the US but the flu is on the rise (Bloomberg)


  • Rural Colorado tries to fill health worker vacancies through internships (Kaiser Health News)
  • Bill would keep unelected Texas health officials from approving student vaccines (CBS News)
  • Hospitals were supposed to post poor care policies on their websites months ago. Some didn’t (Los Angeles Times)
  • Massachusetts residents can get $75 for getting a COVID shot at these places (

That’s it for today, thanks for reading. Check out The Hill’s Health Care page for the latest news and coverage. See you tomorrow.


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