The Daily Dose: Anti-vaxxers suffer setback; Healthcare is costing lives

Wallet blow: YouTube will no longer display advertisements alongside content that peddles unsubstantiated anti-vaccine conspiracy theories. This means that the content makers can no longer make money off of the content. Google executives were responding to concerns from advertisers about the content their ads appeared with. Many big companies pulled their advertising dollars after it was revealed that paedophilic content was often paired with their products. Hasbro, Nestle, AT&T, Kellogg, Epic Games withdrew their ads as a result.

Healthcare is killing people: A new World Health Organization report is highlighting the increasing out of pocket expenses people are shouldering to pay for healthcare worldwide. More money is being spent on healthcare with total money spent accounting for 10% of global gross domestic product. In low- and middle income countries, 6% of GDP is spent as opposed to 4% in high income countries. The report goes on to say that patients are assuming over 35% of the total costs. The result of the financial stress is that 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty as a result of healthcare and placing their well being in a precarious state.

A vaccine victory: The World Health Organization is reporting that local Yemeni health authorities, WHO and UNICEF “have concluded a nationwide measles and rubella vaccination campaign in Yemen reaching more than 11.6 million (90%) children aged 6 months–16 years across the country. The World Health Organization, with the support of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, contributed to the campaign through the provision of vaccines, fuel, training, deployment of health workers and supervisors, as well as raising awareness among communities about ways to protect themselves against these diseases.”

U.S. Government debacle: Military families and civilians across the United States are being exposed to harmful chemicals if they live on and around military bases, the American Centers for Disease reports. According to a CDC statement, “they have identified communities to be a part of assessments to examine human exposure to per and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).” PFAS have been used in industry and consumer products for almost seventy years. Studies have indicated that exposure may affect growth, learning, and behavior of infants and older children; lower a woman’s chance of getting pregnant; interfere with the body’s natural hormones; increase cholesterol levels; affect the immune system; and increase the risk of cancer.

A universal census: NASA has approved a comprehensive mission called SPHEREx that will conduct a survey of over 300 million galaxies. The “the spectro-photometer for the history of the universe, epoch of reionization and ices explorer” will explore the origins of the universe as well as water in planetary systems.

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