Facebook says it will finally ban anti-vaccination ads

  • Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines.
  • The company previously had a policy against vaccine hoaxes that were publicly identified by global health organizations. 
  • Facebook will still allow ads that advocate for or against legislation of government policies around vaccines, including the Covid-19 vaccine. 

graphical user interface, application: Facebook's new campaign for flu shots.

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Facebook’s new campaign for flu shots.

Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines. The company previously had a policy against vaccine hoaxes that were publicly identified by global health organizations. 


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“Now, if an ad explicitly discourages someone from getting a vaccine, we’ll reject it,” the company’s head of health, Kang-Xing Jin, and its director of product management, Rob Leathern, said in a blog post Tuesday. 

The new ban comes amid a series of policy changes announced

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Ontario COVID-19 cases fall under 600, Quebec finally sees slight drop in cases

For more on the week’s top stories, and on how the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the country, please refer to our live updates below, as well as our COVID-19 news hub.

17,916 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 173,123 diagnoses, 9,541 deaths and 145,666 recoveries (as of Oct. 7, 6:00 p.m. ET)

  • Alberta – 1,910 active cases (19,354 total cases, including 281 deaths, 17,163 resolved)

  • British Columbia – 1,387 active cases (9,956 total cases, 244 deaths, 8,296 resolved)

  • Manitoba – 803 active cases (2,278 total cases, 27 deaths, 1,448 resolved)

  • New Brunswick – 22 active cases (222 cases, 2 deaths, 198 resolved)

  • Newfoundland and Labrador – 4 active case (277 total cases, 4 deaths, 269 resolved)

  • Northwest Territories – 0 active cases (5 total cases, 5 resolved)

  • Nova Scotia – 3 active cases (1,089 total cases, 65 deaths 1,021 resolved)

  • Ontario – 5,344 active cases (55,945 total cases, 2,988

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Signs America’s Opioid Epidemic Might Finally Be Waning | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter


SATURDAY, Oct. 3, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Here’s some heartening news on the opioid painkillers front: Abuse of the prescription medicines in the United States fell by more than one-quarter between 2007 and 2018.

“Prior research has shown slight reductions in abuse rates, but our analysis shows we’re tracking statistically significant year-to-year declines in abuse, indicating that the decrease is not an anomaly and truly represents a trend in falling prescription drug abuse levels,” said study author Mario Moric, a biostatistician at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

He and his colleagues analyzed data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an annual survey of about 70,000 Americans aged 12 and older who are asked about their use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs.

For the study, prescription opioid abuse was defined as use without the consent of a physician.

The percentage of

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This Gut-Healthy Food Trend Could Finally Get Rid of Your Bloated Belly

From Redbook

  • FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates found in certain foods and cause stomach discomfort in some people
  • A low-FODMAP diet may ease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms such as gas, bloating, and diarrhea
  • There are dozens of high-FODMAP fruits, vegetables, and sugars, and the diet can be restrictive—but for most people, it’s doable, and it’s only meant to be followed for a few weeks

The word “FODMAP” probably doesn’t make your mouth water, but most of us eat at least a few of them every day. And if you’re someone who suffers from serious gastrointestinal discomfort or a condition like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), cutting them out of your diet (at least temporarily) could spell relief.

But what are FODMAPs, exactly? FODMAPs are a group of carbohydrates found in certain foods that have one big thing in common: For some people, they’re notorious for causing stomach discomfort. These include

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Donald Trump Finally Released His Health Care “Plan” and It’s Totally Meaningless

Leading up to the November election, as he works to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, Donald Trump has been promising us that he has a great health care plan on the way. He wouldn’t say what’s in it, when it’s coming, or who’s been working on it, but insisted it was going to be great, way better than Obamacare. Recently, though, voters and reporters have been getting impatient waiting for this mystery plan, especially with a global health pandemic wreaking havoc on the country.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie: Donald Trump delivers remarks on his healthcare

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Donald Trump delivers remarks on his healthcare

Trump has now unveiled his plan … sort of. More accurately, he performatively signed an executive order that gives the appearance of unveiling a healthcare plan that, in reality, does absolutely nothing at all.


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“Under the America First Health Care Plan, we will ensure the highest standard of care anywhere in

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Here’s How the Pandemic Finally Ends

The precise timing, of course, is uncertain—an elusive future that rests on a series of known unknowns, things like how many people continue to wear masks and social distance and whether rapid Covid-19 tests become widely available and properly deployed. Much will depend on how effective the vaccines are, how many people refuse to get inoculated and how many people forget to get their second dose if the vaccine requires two (yes, that is a significant concern). And then there’s what epidemiologist Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, calls “the trillion-dollar word of the day with this disease”: immunity. How long, on average, will immunity from natural infection and from the vaccine last?

“We can get [to herd immunity] with vaccination and clinical disease,” he says. “The question is how long can we stay there. Meaning, if we get

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Opinion | Trump says his terrific health-care plan is finally here. That would be news to his health advisers.

This plan was always “two weeks” away — coincidentally the timeline promised for most every Trump announcement, including those about wiretapping, infrastructure and Melania Trump’s immigration history.

As the fortnights passed, suspense grew. Finally, an announcement came this week: This Godot-like plan, this girlfriend-who-lives-in-Canada of public policies — it exists!

“I have it all ready,” Trump said at a town hall Tuesday, “and it’s a much better plan for you, and it’s a much better plan.”

Alas, Trump remains unable to share this “much better plan” with the public. Or, it seems, anyone within his administration.

A day after Trump’s town-hall statement, several senior health officials testifying before the Senate were asked whether they were aware of any specific administration proposal to replace Obamacare.

“I’m not involved in the replacement plan,” said Adm. Brett Giroir, assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services. “I don’t

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