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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook’s future: the spirit is willing, but the algorithm is weak - by @jbernoff
Great freaking blog title... "Analysis: Zuckerberg correctly cites filter bubbles and fake news as the big problems which may metastasize, as he suggests, into sensational, polarized conversation. He’s moved well beyond the statement minimizing the fake news problem that won the Bullshitty Award for most outrageous public statement by a corporate spokesperson. But Facebook moves carefully when shifting its algorithm, because such changes create not just public criticism, but shifts in member satisfaction and potentially, revenue."
bullshitties  corporate  media  facebook  algorithm  fake  news  filter  bubble  mark  zuckerberg 
9 days ago by jonerp
Frail, elderly people 'left to struggle alone' - BBC News
Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable older people struggle to get by with little or no care because of cuts to care in England, a charity says. [...] And the charity warned that the whole system was close to collapse in some areas with services closing.
It comes after the government said it was looking to solve the problems.
Last week, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt pledged action on social care, which covers care homes and help in the home.
That has prompted a growing expectation that a rescue package will be announced in the Budget in early March.
NHS  Council  Austerity  elderly  care  adult  social  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  STP  Philip  Hammond  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Theresa  May  Privatisation  ageing  population  sick  chronic  complex  demographic  bubble 
9 days ago by asterisk2a
Half of GPs unaware of drug's use in cancer prevention – study | Society | The Guardian
A “worrying” number of family doctors are not offering at-risk patients a preventive breast cancer drug, a charity has said.

A study found that only half of GPs were aware the drug tamoxifen could be used to reduce the risk of breast cancer.

In 2013 the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) recommended that women deemed to be at moderate or high risk of breast cancer should be offered chemoprevention drugs including tamoxifen.
Cancer  health  care  demand  prevention  diet  lifestyle  sick  population  breast  estrogen  oestrogen  ageing  demographic  bubble  NICE  rationing 
14 days ago by asterisk2a
A&E waits for January 'worst ever', leaked data suggests - BBC News
The BMA said the prime minister could no longer "bury her head in the sand" over increasing pressure in the NHS.
And it accused the government of failing to grasp the seriousness of the situation.
But a spokesman from the Department of Health said the vast majority of patients were seen and treated quickly, and busy periods in hospitals were supported by an extra £400 million of funding.
NHS  A&E  STP  Austerity  Ageing  population  sick  Demographic  bubble  bed  blocking  rationing  adult  social  care  elderly  UK 
18 days ago by asterisk2a
NHS Health Check: Short GP consultations crazy, say GPs - BBC News
Average consultation length is 10 minutes in the UK - thought to be the shortest in the developed world.
GP leaders said this was already too short and the extra workload from the hospital closures proposed by local leaders would destabilise care.
The proposals are being made by local health leaders to "modernise" the NHS.
There are 44 plans in England - many of which involve reducing hospital care and pushing more services into the community to save money and make the NHS more efficient. Similar measures are being taken in the rest of the UK. [...] The RCGP and BMA said they would result in even more complex cases being passed on to GPs once they start being introduced later this year.
STP  NHS  GP  A&E  Austerity  mental  health  complex  chronic  diseases  disease  CVD  diabetes  cancer  obesity  hypertension  high  blood  pressure  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  sick  public  prevention  overweight  well  being  burnout 
19 days ago by asterisk2a
10 charts that show why the NHS is in trouble - BBC News
People are living with a growing number of long-term chronic conditions - diabetes, heart disease and dementia. These are more about care than cure - what patients usually need is support. By the age of 65, most people will have at least one of these illnesses. By 75 they will have two.
UK  NHS  adult  social  care  elderly  bed  blocking  sick  population  chronic  STP  Austerity  A&E  GP  Demographic  bubble  ageing  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  medical  advances  rationing  obesity  hypertension  public  health  prevention  overweight 
19 days ago by asterisk2a
Call for a bespoke immigration policy for Scotland as MSPs warn of 'acute risk' of losing EU nationals (From The National)
[ pension age will have to be raised, and less being paid out, triple lock prension will be ended come 2020 ] THERESA May has been urged by MSPs to consider a bespoke solution for immigration policy in Scotland following Brexit. Members of the cross party European committee at Holyrood concluded the demographic risk faced north of the Border if the number of EU migrants drops is “more acute” than for the UK as a whole. Their report, published today, states the 181,000 EU nationals in Scotland are suffering “imposed uncertainty” over their right to remain living and working in the country and calls for the UK Government to allow them to stay without delay.
Demographic  bubble  UK  Ageing  population  Scotland  Pension  NHS  England  immigration 
21 days ago by asterisk2a
NHS Health Check: Nine in 10 hospitals 'overcrowded' this winter - BBC News
To minimise the risk of infections and delays in getting treatment, hospitals are meant to have no more than 85% of beds occupied. [...] NHS bosses said hospitals had major problems discharging frail patients.
One experienced hospital boss described some of the weeks this winter as the "worst" he had seen in his career. [...] A poll by Ipsos MORI of 1,033 adults for the BBC has suggested three-quarters want to see charges increased for people coming from abroad as a way of raising more money for the NHS. Some 40% would support a rise in income tax and 37% backed charging for some services. // >> 44% find it acceptable to charge patients w disease and illnesses caused by lifestyle (cancer, cvd, type2 diabetes, liver, high blood pressure, cholesterol)
NHS  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  public  health  sick  population  ageing  Demographic  bubble  adult  social  care  elderly  Council  Austerity  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Privatisation  STP 
21 days ago by asterisk2a
The myth that British data scientists won the election for Trump | Little Atoms
Claims that social media data won the presidency are greatly exaggerated

A piece of data science mythology has been floating around the internet for several weeks now. It surfaced most recently in Vice, and it tells the story of a firm, Cambridge Analytica, that was supposedly instrumental in Donald Trump’s campaign.

The story goes that by analysing marketing and social media data during the EU Referendum, data scientists were able to model the personalities of voters in unprecedented detail, helping the Leave campaign to an unlikely victory. Shortly after that, the firm was employed by the Trump campaign where, we are told, it contributed to another unlikely victory.
socialmedia  politics  us  uk  filtrage  bubble 
21 days ago by juliusbeezer
Patient 'waited 508 days' for hospital discharge - BBC News
Waits of more than six months were found in Ayrshire and Arran, Grampian, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Shetland and the Western Isles. The number of patients waiting for more than three months represented a small minority of those who experienced a delayed discharge during the three-year period.
NHS  bed  blocking  Scotland  elderly  care  adult  social  Council  Austerity  SNP  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  ageing  population  demographic  bubble  sick  chronic  complex  England  UK  health  demand  GP  A&E 
22 days ago by asterisk2a
Spiralling prescription drug bill threatening care services | Press and Journal
[ aging chronically sick patients (demographic overhang) w 3 4 5 10 medications ] The crisis sparked a public row after Aberdeen’s health and social care partnership said in a report that the bill was “uncontrollable”. It is expected to top £100million next year – £40million in the Granite City, £45 million in Aberdeenshire and more than £17million in Moray. //&! https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/8-million-hole-in-budget-sees-care-group-seek-to-cut-training-and-overtime/
NHS  Grampian  adult  social  care  elderly  Aberdeen  Austerity  health  demand  sick  population  Demographic  bubble  chronic  ageing  prevention  Scotland  SNP  Nicola  Sturgeon  Shona  Robison  GP 
24 days ago by asterisk2a

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