The Daily Dose: A whistleblower explains why something needed to be done

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Google is taking millions of people’s private medical information and using it for their own ends. It wouldn’t be half as bad as it is now if the patients had been aware of the data sharing. But they weren’t and that makes what they are doing more than a little suspect. The whistleblower who called out Google has penned an article in the Guardian. According to the essay, “After a while I reached a point that I suspect is familiar to most whistleblowers, where what I was witnessing was too important for me to remain silent. Two simple questions kept hounding me: did patients know about the transfer of their data to the tech giant? Should they be informed and given a chance to opt in or out?” The answer to those questions convinced the whistleblower to come forward.

Yet another study indicates that children will bear a significant amount of the difficulty brought on by climate change. As per the New York Times, “The report, published Wednesday, found that failing to limit emissions would lead to health problems caused by infectious diseases, worsening air pollution, rising temperatures and malnutrition.”

The price of insulin is often a problem in developing countries, making the proper treatment of diabetes almost impossible. The WHO has taken a step to increase the supply of it around the globe. “The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced the start of a pilot programme to prequalify human insulin to increase treatment for diabetes in low- and middle-income countries.”

Nature has done another survey of PhD students. While most admitted to stress and occasional bouts of depression, most were generally pleased with their career path so far.


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