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Only Two Percent of TikTok’s Health Advice Is Accurate, Study Shows

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Between a hilarious video of a smiling horse, or a makeup tutorial, you’ve likely encountered medical advice on “Dr. TikTok,” the newest doctor on your medical team who seems to know just about everything. But, like many things on the internet, you might not want to be so trusting. 

A recent study conducted by MyFitnessPal, a fitness app, and Dublin City University in Ireland, found that 2.1 percent of health and nutrition information on TikTok was accurate when compared to health and nutrition guidelines. (1) Using AI, the study looked at over 67,000 health and nutrition videos on the app.

Additionally, in October 2023, MyFitnessPal surveyed 2,000 Millennials and Gen Zs throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and the UK and found that 87 percent of them have turned to TikTok for health or nutrition advice and 67 percent use one of the health trends a few times a week.

This new research paints an even bleaker picture about the spread of misinformation than previous surveys. A previous study conducted by NewsGuard found that 1 in 5 videos, when searched by a specific topic, contained misinformation. (2) Another poll recently showed people consult AI and social media before medical providers. 

My Fitness Pal went on to speak to a few major medical trends circulating on TikTok, from “Oatzempic” to taking apple cider vinegar as a weight loss hack. They also looked into the claim that “swamp soup” can act as a flu vaccine.

In response to their results, MyFitnessPal and Dublin City University have partnered to put together a checklist to help users identify verifiable health information on social media. Here’s what they recommend:

  • Verify credentials — it shouldn’t be a secret whether a doctor is really a doctor or not, and it isn’t. A simple search

Ontario government document shows historically bad emergency department wait times

Long waits in emergency departments result in harm to patients, doctors told The Trillium

One in every 10 patients admitted to a hospital in Ontario from an emergency department waits at least two days before they get a bed, according to an internal government document.

The nearly 50 hours from the moment those patients walk in the door to the time they’re in an inpatient bed is a historical high. The long waits on stretches in emergency departments result in actual harm to the province’s most vulnerable, emergency physicians told The Trillium.

“They’re sick, they’re frail, they’ve come in late,” said Alan Drummond, an emergency physician in Perth, who had four patients on stretchers in his small, rural emergency department the day he spoke with The Trillium. “They need to be admitted. They’re stuck in a hospital hallway for 24, 36, 48 hours, and waiting for that hospital bed to materialize.

“And while they’re there, they suffer increasing complications in terms of their medical illness. They have delayed access to the treatments that would be necessary should they have been admitted. They develop delirium. They get totally confused. Their dementia gets worse. And we know there’s a mortality rate — people actually die as a result of that prolonged wait for bed admission.”

Raghu Venugopal, an emergency physician in Toronto, described what he saw before speaking with The Trillium on Tuesday when the emergency department was too busy for paramedics to offload their patients: rows and rows of stretchers “filled with silver and gray-haired senior citizens silhouetted on Orange EMS blankets.” 

“I will physically go see that patient, I will see them in the corridor, I will see them on the paramedic’s stretcher, I will see them in the back of a triage office or in the waiting

Poll Shows People Seek Medical Advice From AI and Social Media Instead Of Their Doctors

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What’s the first thing you do when you have a new symptom or a confusing lab result? Google it, of course! But now, many MD-less keyboard warriors are turning to ChatGPT and other AI tools, along with social media, even more so than our own doctors. Step aside, WebMD: A new version of Doctor Googling is here.

In a poll released on Dec. 6 from UserTesting, data from 2,000 participants revealed that 53 percent rely on healthcare websites, and 46 percent consult social media sites over their own doctor. In addition, over half the people polled would trust AI to recommend treatment plans to them, and 72 percent believe they themselves have a better understanding of their health than their doctor. 

This begs the question, why? There are some potential clues — respondents report that they don’t understand what insurance covers (57 percent), and that creates a significant barrier to getting medical help. Additionally, over half of respondents also said they are embarrassed about what they are experiencing, and nearly half were seeking a second opinion. 

Though respondents seemed comfortable with leaning on the internet as a whole, location played a significant role in patients’ trust of AI. Only 6 percent of Americans were against using AI for health-related queries, but nearly half of the British respondents wouldn’t trust AI to handle health-related tasks. Around 27 percent of Australians did not feel AI would be trustworthy enough. Lija Hogan, Customer Experience Consultant at UserTesting, said these global opinions were an area of interest they wanted to explore through research. “We’re one year into the AI revolution… [we] wanted to get a sense of how people across the globe… are leveraging AI in their healthcare experiences.”

Dr.  Kien Vuu, Triple Board-Certified Physician, Author of Thrive State and Former Asst. Professor

Mental health costs of lockdown compliance still being felt, research shows

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An analysis by researchers from Bangor University looked at the behavior of around 1,700 people during the COVID restrictions in relation to their personality traits and their post-pandemic recovery. The study aimed to answer three broad questions: who follows health advice, what can be done to improve compliance; and what are the costs for those who comply?

The team found that those who were more sensitive to the needs of others were more likely to have complied with lockdown rules and health advice, compared to those who were more focused on their own needs and priorities.

However, they also found that those who reported high levels of compliance with COVID restrictions and were most worried about infection during the pandemic are least likely to have resumed normal behavior and more likely to be experiencing stress, anxiety and depression now.

Dr. Marley Willegers, from the Institute for the Psychology of Elite Performance (IPEP) at Bangor University, said, “There was naturally a lot of focus on getting public health messages out when COVID first emerged, to change people’s behavior. Similarly, throughout the pandemic, messaging campaigns were designed to ensure people continued to follow the rules.”

“But there was no messaging campaign as we came out of the pandemic to help everyone safely transition back to normality. Without this, certain personality types have retained infection prevention behavior and anxiety that undermines their mental well-being.”

The study involved over 1,700 people, recruited through Healthwise Wales, who were asked earlier this year to answer questions about their personality traits and their attitudes to COVID and behavior during the first lockdown (March–September 2020). The researchers also questioned 230 people who were friends or family of those involved in the study, to cross check respondents’ recollections of their behavior with others who knew

Study shows fast fashion’s detrimental effects on the planet

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By: Eden Chipperfield, News Writer

Fast fashion has taken over the world. With the rise of social media platforms like TikTok, trends come in and fade out quickly, encouraging individuals to buy cheap clothing to wear for short periods of time. Fast fashion is a product of the clothing industry’s shift in the last 30 years where clothing has become cheaper and more accessible. This is because the fashion industry has prioritized rapidly producing high volumes of clothes for extremely cheap, by exploiting the labour of workers. 

 Fast fashion pollutes the Earth with fossil fuels and microfibers that are shed from the clothing and enter the oceans. Brands like Shein, H&M, and Uniqlo all share a responsibility for their part in the fast fashion industry contributing to climate change. 

A recent SFU study examines how the “allure of fast fashion comes at a significant environmental cost, and encourages consumers to adopt more sustainable alternatives.” The study was written by SFU PhD student, Yunzhijun Yu, SFU visiting PhD student, Claudia Lizzette Gómez Bórquez, and SFU professor of marketing, Dr Judith Lynne Zaichkowsky. The report outlines the problems with fast fashion and makes suggestions to point the fashion industry toward sustainability. 

The Peak interviewed Dr. Judith Lynne Zaichkowky to discuss the study’s findings and the research team’s hope for a green, cleaner future fashion world. 

“The negative effect of fast fashion on the planet does not only involve the production aspect of textiles but also on the disposal side,” said Zaichkowky. “The textile dyeing industry is the second largest polluter of the world’s clean water and hence the manufacturing and disposing of fast fashion clothing substantially harms the environment in the process.” 

Water waste is a significant issue regarding

Taurine may help slow the aging process, new animal study shows

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Taurine is a compound found in dairy products as well as some energy drinks. Kevin Day/Getty Images
  • Taurine is a compound found in humans as well as dairy products and some energy drinks.
  • In a study, researchers say taurine was effective as an anti-aging agent that promoted longevity in mice.
  • Experts say the findings are promising, but more research needs to be done humans.

A deficiency in the nutrient taurine appears to drive aging in animals, but experts say more research is needed to determine if the same effect is found in humans.

A study published today in the journal Science reports that supplements of taurine slowed the aging process in monkeys, mice and worms and extended the healthy lifespan of mice in middle age by up to 12%.

“For the last 25 years, scientists have been trying to find factors that not only let us live longer, but also increase health span, the time we remain healthy in our old age,” Vijay Yadav, PhD, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of genetics & development at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, said in a press statement.

“This study suggests that taurine could be an elixir of life within us that helps us live longer and healthier lives,” Dr. Yadav added.

In undertaking their study, the researchers first examined the levels of taurine in the blood of monkeys, mice and people and discovered that levels decrease significantly with age.

In humans, they found that taurine levels in 60-year-olds were only a third of those found in 5-year-olds.

“That’s when we started to ask if taurine deficiency is a driver of the aging process, and we set up a large experiment with mice,” Yadav said.

The researchers examined

Nearly half of Quebec private seniors’ homes lack generators, Health Ministry data shows

Seniors at Manoir de Casson, a private seniors’ residence in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough, had to wait 28 hours to have their power restored during this month's ice storm. (Rowan Kennedy/CBC - image credit)

Seniors at Manoir de Casson, a private seniors’ residence in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough, had to wait 28 hours to have their power restored during this month’s ice storm. (Rowan Kennedy/CBC – image credit)

Quebec is considering making generators mandatory in private seniors’ homes, more than a week after an ice storm plunged the province in the dark.

Forty-seven per cent of Quebec’s private seniors’ residences (RPAs) don’t have an emergency generator, Radio-Canada is reporting. Unlike hospitals and CHSLDs, RPAs are not required to have generators.

A spokesperson for Premier François Legault’s office, Ewan Sauvé, told Radio-Canada the Quebec government is gathering information before taking action but is “not ruling anything out at this stage.”

The government is currently looking into which of the province’s RPAs lost power during the storm and are without generators, according to Sarah Bigras, a spokesperson for Quebec’s  minister responsible for seniors Sonia Bélanger.

Data Radio-Canada gleaned from the Ministry of Health and Social Services shows the shares of RPAs without generators: Montreal (30 per cent), Laval (33 per cent), Montérégie (37 per cent), Laurentians (40 per cent) and the Eastern Townships (41 per cent).

The percentage of residences without emergency power climbs to 70 in the region of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and 77 per cent in the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands.

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When the ice storm hit Quebec earlier this month, cutting power to millions of people, the Manoir de Casson, a private seniors’ residence in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent borough, lost electricity for over a day.

Kira McGee, the residence’s general manager, was grateful to have a backup plan.

“When we saw it was getting critical, the generator kicked right in,” she said. She said the residence was fortunate enough to have electricity in the common areas, which allowed staff to provide hot food.

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‘Euphoria Fashion’: Secrets of the show’s costume design 

In “Euphoria,” storytelling doesn’t just happen through writing, music and cinematography, but through its characters’ clothes.

“You can take the opportunity to address every single aspect of a costume to communicate,” Heidi Bivens, the show’s head costume designer, explained over the phone to CNN. “That’s the color, texture, shape, silhouette … how new something looks versus how worn in. You can reveal or conceal someone’s mental state. The nonverbal clues create a mood.”

“Euphoria,” the award-winning HBO show created and principally written by Sam Levinson, unflinchingly portrays an ensemble cast of teenagers grappling with drugs, sexuality and relational hardships in today’s age of social media and perpetual anxiety.

(HBO is owned by CNN’s parent company, Warner Bros. Discovery.)

Its representation of youth culture — of which fashion is a key identifier — has made “a lot of people (feel) seen through the show in a way that they maybe haven’t in others,” Bivens said.

In a new book, “Euphoria Fashion,” the costume designer reveals her process. Its pages include behind-the-scenes breakdowns to conversations with the show’s cast members; there are also Q&As with fashion designers including Coperni’s Sébastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant, as well as historical essays on staples worn by the cast, such as Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars.

Bivens' "Euphoria Fashion" features many never-before-seen photos.

Bivens’ “Euphoria Fashion” features many never-before-seen photos. Credit: Courtesy A24

Bivens’ work on “Euphoria” has deeply resonated among the show’s fans.

The hashtag #euphoriaoutfits features in thousands of videos shared on TikTok, and accounts for 28.3 million views on the social media platform. Some of these videos show outfit recreations, while others are of young people adopting a character’s style habits, or what they’d wear if they went to “Euphoria High.” Sleuthing viewers have also identified key pieces worn by the cast, and share where people can buy them —

Blood Tribe Department of Health shows off its Lethbridge shelter operations

The Blood Tribe Department of Health opened the doors at the Lethbridge Shelter and Stabilization Unit to show off its operation to the public this week. Throughout the day on April 12, groups walked through the shelter and had a chance to ask questions about the transition of operators and day-to-day operations. The department took over operation of the shelter from Alpha House in January and Chief Operating Officer Kash Shade said he wanted to showcase what he and his staff have been working on.

“The previous operator didn’t do a lot of that work and the biggest piece with today is we wanted to reduce that stigma of what shelter operations look like, what the homeless population have to deal with so today was really about recognizing not just the partnerships involved with shelter operations, but also recognizing the shelter guests as we refer to them — letting them know that we are here to help them and we are always looking to improve,” Shade said.

A focus for the operator is the separation between emergency shelter and stabilization. From the common area of the emergency shelter, there is a secure door that leads to a separate section of the building, specifically for detox and recovery. 

Guests can stay in the stabilization centre for as long as they need, so long as they are progressing in their recovery. The health department works with local pharmacies to provide withdrawal support, such as methadone and those who want to detox are kept away from temptation by being in the designated area, according to Shilpa Stocker, a consultant with the Blood tribe Department of Health who hosted the tour for media.

“The majority of the building is for the emergency shelter side of the operations, so anybody is welcome to come in.

Government data shows 8 deaths from COVID-19 and 14 hospitalizations in latest N.L. update

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Eight people in Newfoundland and Labrador died of COVID-19 from Jan. 15-28, according to new numbers released by the provincial government Wednesday. (Paul Daly/CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador had 14 hospitalizations for COVID-19 from Jan. 15 to Jan. 28, according to new numbers released Wednesday by the provincial Health Department.

Of the 14 hospitalizations from Jan. 15 to Jan. 28, two cases required critical care. The first two weeks of 2023 saw 25 hospitalizations, including three in critical care.

The provincial government’s COVID-19 data hub also says there were seven new deaths due to COVID-19 over the two weeks, but according to the hub’s regional and age breakdowns, there were actually eight deaths.

According to the age breakdown, four of the deaths were people who were 80 or older, three were people in their 70s, and one was a person in their 60s. According to the breakdown by regional health authority, there were three deaths apiece in Eastern Health and Western Health, and one each in Labrador-Grenfell Health and Central Health.

It’s the second update in a row in which the number of new deaths announced by the provincial government has not matched the number of new deaths indicated by the age and regional breakdowns. Two weeks ago, the department announced two new deaths, while the breakdowns indicated four new deaths. Despite repeated requests for clarification from CBC News, the department has not explained the discrepancies.

The data hub also says 23.7 per cent of the province’s population is up to date on vaccinations, defined as having had their first two doses or a booster shot within the last six months.

Residents between 70 and 79 have the highest up-to-date vaccination rate, at 55.8 per cent, while children aged five to 11 have the lowest vaccination rate, at seven per cent.

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