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Many hospital websites use a tracker called the Meta Pixel that sends information to Facebook. An investigation from The Markup found that the tracker is sending health information that might constitute a HIPAA violation. Many hospital websites have a tracking tool that sends sensitive medical information to Facebook when people schedule appointments, according to an investigation by The Markup. Experts say that the hospitals using the tool may be violating the

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Congress is finally taking medical cybersecurity seriously

The latest movement on medical device cybersecurity comes in a bill that would ask the FDA to issue guidelines to medical device manufacturers every two years, and require it to post about issues with devices on its website. Years of alarm bells from cybersecurity experts about the vulnerabilities of medical devices are finally being heard by Congress. Senators proposed a new bill this week that would require the Food and Drug Administration to issue cybersecurity

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Wearables are too expensive for groups underrepresented in medical research

Researchers at the NIH All of Us study found that people in racial minority groups and with lower socioeconomic status are interested in smartwatches as health trackers but say they’re too expensive. Most people who use smartwatches and other wearable devices that can track health are white, well-educated, and wealthy. That’s not because other groups aren’t interested in using the devices to keep tabs on their fitness, heart rate, or other

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Go read this report about the virtual doctors at an NFT clinic who can’t legally give medical advice

This report from BuzzFeed News highlights an NFT project called MetaDocs that allows users to have conversations with doctors who can’t legally offer medical advice. If combining NFTs with the medical industry doesn’t sound the most logical, this report from BuzzFeed News will likely confirm your skepticism. An NFT project called MetaDocs assigns doctors / influencers, like Dr. Pimple Popper, to (somewhat

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The US is trying to fix medical devices’ big cybersecurity problem

The FDA released new draft guidelines around medical device cybersecurity, and legislators introduced the PATCH Act, which would codify some of the agency’s proposed recommendations. Medical devices are one major weak point in health care cybersecurity, and both Congress and the Food and Drug Administration took steps towards closing that gap this week —Congress with a proposed bill and the FDA with new draft guidelines for

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Discord’s new policy will ban harmful medical advice, taking aim at anti-vaxx groups

Discord is overhauling its policies to tackle health misinformation, off-platform behavior, and hate speech. The new policies take effect on March 28th. Discord is overhauling its policies and community guidelines to tackle health misinformation, off-platform behavior, and hate speech, the company announced on Friday. It’s the first big policy update for Discord in nearly two years and is designed

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Twitter and Google blocked ads from a medical journal about health and racism

The journal Health Affairs was frustrated to have ads promoting its health and racism issue blocked by Twitter and Google. Medical research fits awkwardly into the companies’ policy frameworks. The medical journal Health Affairs spent years planning its special issue on health and racism, which it published at the beginning of February. The journal wanted to reach new readers by promoting the issue through targeted advertisements on

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Texas power outages hit counties where people need electricity for medical devices

Power outages during this year’s Texas freezes hit counties with high numbers of people relying on electricity-powered medical devices, according to an analysis. This week’s freezing temperatures and winter storms in Texas led to far fewer power outages than a similar freeze last year. But worryingly, a handful of Texas counties with high rates of power outages also have high numbers of people who need

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Medical photography is failing patients with darker skin

Doctors aren’t trained on how to photograph darker skin, so skin conditions often aren’t represented accurately. That makes it harder for physicians to know what the conditions look like and could make care worse. Doctors aren’t usually in the business of publishing photography guides. But Jenna Lester, a dermatologist at the University of California San Francisco, was growing frustrated with the poor quality images she’d receive of her dark-skinned

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Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS

Researchers at Google’s Threat Analysis Group say attackers are working with internet service providers to deploy the commercial-grade Hermit spyware on both Android and iOS devices. A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) (via TechCrunch). This corroborates

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Apple Music’s student plan is getting more expensive in the US, UK, and Canada

Apple Music is increasing the price of its subscription for students in the US, UK, and Canada. Students in the US and Canada now have to pay $5.99 / month, while subscribers in the UK will have to pay £5.99. Apple Music has raised the subscription price of its student plan in the US, UK, and Canada, as first reported by 9to5Mac (via TechCrunch). While it’s increasing the price from $4.99 to $5.99 / month in the US and Canada, student users in the UK

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