This post is part of Outward, Slate's home for coverage of LGBTQ life, thought, and culture. Earlier this week, Buzzfeed News reported that Grindr had been sharing user information with third-party app-testing companies. This revelation unleashed a wave of criticism against the gay dating app for potentially putting its users at risk of having information from their profiles, including HIV status, released more widely than they had intended or understood when they consented to using the app. The company has since ended the practice. In the wake of Facebook's scandal regarding the sale of user information to Cambridge Analytica, the BuzzFeed report felt to many like another grievance in a long line of grievances regarding the misuse of social media–user information.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been slammed for praising a fitness writer who claimed vaccines cause autism after appearing on his podcast. The Twitter boss, 42, retweeted a post from fitness personality Ben Greenfield promoting his appearance on his podcast, saying the pair had a'great conversation.' Almost immediately, the post attracted scrutiny from users who blasted Dorsey for sitting down for an interview with Greenfield, despite his track record of promoting widely refuted anti-vaccination theories. Dorsey's decision comes as other Silicon Valley giants, ranging from Facebook and YouTube to Pinterest, have all taken sweeping steps to crack down on the spread of'anti-vaxxer' content on their platforms. 'Great conversation, and appreciate all you do to simplify the mountain of research focused on increasing one's healthspan!
The University of Cambridge professor was an iconic figure in both the scientific community and in popular culture, known for his keen mind and humor, as well as his striking physical challenges. Dr. Hawking had long battled with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which left him wheelchair-bound for most of his life. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease or motor neuron disease, the condition damages the nerves that control movement and results in paralysis. Patients with ALS typically die within five years of diagnosis. Dr. Hawking, who was diagnosed in 1963 at the age of 21, is believed to have been the longest-living survivor, a fact that still perplexes neurologists.
Imagine being able to know if you have Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, liver failure, Crohn's diseases, pulmonary hypertension, chronic kidney disease, or any number of cancers based on a simple, non-invasive test of your breath. Breath analyzers to detect alcohol have been around for well over half a century--why not apply the same concept to detect diseases? A global team of scientists from universities in Israel, France, Latvia, China and the United States have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) system to detect 17 diseases from exhaled breath with 86 percent accuracy. The research team led by Professor Hassam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology collected breath samples from 1404 subjects with either no disease (healthy control) or one of 17 different diseases. The disease conditions include lung cancer, colorectal cancer, head and neck cancer, ovarian cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer, gastric cancer, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, idiopathic Parkinson's, atypical Parkinson ISM, multiple sclerosis, pulmonary hypertension, pre-eclampsia toxemia, and chronic kidney disease.
Actor Frank Vincent, known for his role on "The Sopranos" has died at age 78, according to multiple reports. The actor suffered a heart attack last week and underwent open heart surgery on Wednesday when he died, TMZ and other news outlets reported. Born in Massachusetts but raised in Jersey City, Vincent is best known for his role as Phil Leotardo on the HBO drama, the nemesis to James Gandolfini's Tony Soprano. Additionally, he's played several tough-guy characters in Martin Scorsese films such as "Raging Bull," "Goodfellas" and "Casino." Variety reports that friends Vincent Pastore and John Gallagher took to Facebook to share their condolences and thoughts on the late actor.