Big data saves lives, and patient safeguards are needed — ScienceDaily

The use of big data to address the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts poses ethical concerns that could undermine its benefits without clear governance guidelines that protect and respect patients and society, a University of Massachusetts Amherst study concludes.

In research published in the open-access journal BMC Medical Ethics, Elizabeth Evans, associate professor in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, sought to identify concerns and develop recommendations for the ethical handling of opioid use disorder (OUD) information stored in the Public Health Data Warehouse (PHD).

“Efforts informed by big data are saving lives, yielding significant benefits,” the paper states. “Uses of big data may also undermine public trust in government and cause other unintended harms.”

Maintained by the Massachusetts Department of Health, the PHD was established in 2015 as an unprecedented public health monitoring and research tool to link state government data sets and provide timely information to

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This Amazon Kindle deal saves you 35% off

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

Amazon sells a lot of Kindles. In fact, there are so many that it can get pretty confusing. However, we’ll go on the record and say that the best Kindle for most people is the Kindle Paperwhite. It just might be the best e-reader you can get, and there’s a Kindle deal right now that saves you quite a bit of money.

For a limited time, the Kindle Paperwhite is just $85 over at Amazon. That’s for the tenth-generation model that’s waterproof and with twice the storage of the ninth-generation version. You can even choose between a few different colors, including Plum, Sage, Twilight Blue, or the standard black.

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Now, there’s a huge caveat here: this Kindle deal is for the ad-supported model of the Paperwhite. What does that mean? It means that the lock screen will display ads for Amazon products. If

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iD Tech Saves Halloween with a Giveaway of a Billion Pieces of Candy in Roblox

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CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Halloween is just around the corner. All over the country, traditions like trick-or-treating are off the table due to COVID-19, forcing many families to find creative and safe ways to enjoy the beloved holiday. iD Tech, the world leader in youth STEM education, is offering a free, online Halloween experience inside Roblox, one of the fastest growing game-creation platforms on the planet. Virtual trick-or-treaters will navigate through a series of Halloween favorites like a hayride, haunted houses, corn maze, costume shop, fortune teller, bounce house, virtual photo-ops and more.

Trick-or-treaters ages 7-17 can RSVP to the event which runs from Friday, October 30th through Sunday, November 1st. iD’sHalloween Block Party is free to play and easy to join. “We’ve created an awesome experience

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