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Google health-data scandal spooks researchers

November 2019 nature; Google and one of the largest health-care networks in the United States are embroiled in a data-privacy controversy that researchers fear could jeopardize public trust in data-sharing practices and, potentially, academic studies. At issue is a project dubbed Nightingale that gives Google access to the health-care information, …

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Racial bias found in widely used health care algorithm

November 2019 NBCNews; A widely used health care algorithm that helps determine which patients need additional attention was found to have a significant racial bias, favoring white patients over blacks ones who were sicker and had more chronic health conditions, according to research published last week in the journalScience. The bias …

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Does drinking urine have any real health benefits?

October 2019 MedicalNews; There is no evidence that drinking urine offers any health benefits. While most people experience no serious harm from drinking urine, there are some risks. A person may drink urine by accident or intentionally. Various cultures have consumed urine for religious or health reasons for millennia. In the …

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