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LLRX January 2023 Issue – Articles and Columns

  • 2023 Healthcare MiniGuideMarcus P. Zillman’s guide addresses the challenging landscape of healthcare information that proliferates on the internet. A large measure of the information hosted on self described authoritative health and healthcare sites is grounded in speculative, e-commerce drive subject matter. Search engines drive traffic to these sites with no transparent and accountable data – the objective being SEO, web tracking and other revenue driven applications. This guide identifies reliable, accurate sites that publish data and research, as well as provide applications, on traditional western as well as some eastern medicine, sponsored and published by government, NGO/IGO, research and academic institutions, hospitals, subject matter journals – in the United States and abroad.
  • Disquiet in the archives: archivists make tough calls with far-reaching consequences – they deserve our supportStuart Kells, Adjunct Professor, College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce, La Trobe University explains why for technological, ethical and political reasons, the world’s archivists are suddenly very busy. Advances in digital imaging and communications are feeding an already intense interest in provenance, authorship and material culture. Two recent discoveries – a woman’s name scratched in the margins of an 8th-century manuscript, and John Milton’s annotations in a copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio held in the Free Library of Philadelphia – are examples of how new tools are revealing new evidence, and how distant scholars are making fascinating connections. At the same time, and even more importantly, the holdings of archives, libraries and museums – “memory institutions” – are being scrutinised as the world grapples with legacies of racism, imperialism, slavery and oppression. Some of the holdings speak to heinous episodes and indefensible values. And some of them were flat-out stolen.
  • Is It Equitable to Protect Corporate Leaders From Covid-19 More than Employees and Customers?Augie Ray asks a simple question to encourage you to think more about #COVID19 risks and engage in a discussion about equity in the workplace: If the world’s top business leaders recognize and take precautions against COVID during an ongoing pandemic, shouldn’t they ensure the same for employees and customers? Shouldn’t our companies’ commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion suggest equal treatment for everyone?
  • Scribe faces a strong Chinese rival able to turn handwritten notes into searchable text – David H. Rothman may have identified one reason why the Kindle Scribe has gone on sale. For $400, Lenovo later this year is to sell a Scribe rival able to record lectures with two built-in mikes and turn handwritten notes into searchable text. Handily, you can sync the audio recordings with notes. Perhaps a tool for journalists, too, not just students?
  • ChatGPT Chatbot Weighs in on Law Librarian De-CredentializationSarah Gotschall, Associate Librarian Reference Librarian & Professor of Practice, University of Arizona Law, puts ChatGPT through the paces with a series of engaging questions and answers she has documented, adding additional dimension to the significant interest in the all the rage chatbot.
  • Long COVID stemmed from mild cases of COVID-19 in most people, according to a new multicountry study – Even mild COVID-19 cases can have major and long-lasting effects on people’s health. That is one of the key findings from our recent multicountry study on long COVID-19 – or long COVID – per a new research study by Dr. Sarah Wulf Hanson and Prof. Theo Vos, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 27, 2023Four highlights from this week: 7 Ways to Avoid Scammers on Social Media; Data explosion prompts agencies to look at advanced e-discovery platforms; Apple Cash, Cash App, Venmo, Zelle P2P Payment Apps Compared; and Everyone Wants Your Email Address. Think Twice Before Sharing It.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 21, 2023Four highlights from this week: Apple Faces Third Class-Action Lawsuit Over Privacy Problems; Will Europe’s Privacy Bill of Rights Ever Truly Be Enforced?; Cybersecurity High-Risk Series: Challenges in Establishing a Comprehensive Cybersecurity Strategy and Performing Effective Oversight; and How ChatGPT Hijacks Democracy.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 14, 2023Four highlights from this week: A college student made an app to detect AI-written text; Identity Thieves Bypassed Experian Security to View Credit Reports; Adobe Uses Your Content to Train AI; Millions of Vehicles at Risk: and API Vulnerabilities Uncovered in 16 Major Car Brands.
  • Pete Recommends – Weekly highlights on cyber security issues, January 8, 2023Four highlights from this week: The Hidden Cost of Cheap TVs; Cloud email services bolster encryption against hackers; Did ChatGPT Write That? College Kid Creates AI Essay Detector; and the FBI’s Perspective on Ransomware.

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Time Savings When Working from Home

NBER – Time Savings When Working from Home – Cevat Giray Aksoy, Jose Maria Barrero, Nicholas Bloom, Steven J. Davis, Mathias Dolls & Pablo Zarate. Working Paper 30866. DOI 10.3386/w30866. Issue Date January 2023. “We quantify the commute time savings associated with work from home, drawing on data for 27 countries. The average daily time… Continue Reading

New Online Tool Provides Health Snapshot of All 435 U.S. Congressional Districts

“Today, researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), unveiled the Congressional District Health Dashboard (CDHD), a new online tool that provides critical health data for all 435 congressional districts and the District of Columbia. The dashboard incorporates 36 key measures of health, such as deaths from… Continue Reading

Mass Attacks in Public Spaces: 2016 – 2020

Mass Attacks in Public Spaces: 2016 – 2020. National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC). U.S. Secret Service U.S. Department of Homeland Security January 2023. “…The 173 attacks contained in this report impacted a variety of locations, including businesses/workplaces, schools, houses of worship, military bases, nonprofit service providers, residential complexes, public transportation, and open spaces. In many… Continue Reading

We Profiled the ‘Signs of Crisis’ in 50 Years of Mass Shootings. This Is What We Found.

The New York Times – “These are abridged details from profiles of the suspected or convicted perpetrators of more than 150 mass shootings in the United States. The profiles are based on news reports, public documents and our conversations with the shooters’ friends, colleagues, social workers and teachers. These events have become more frequent and… Continue Reading

Is It Equitable to Protect Corporate Leaders From Covid-19 More than Employees and Customers?

Via LLRX – Is It Equitable to Protect Corporate Leaders From Covid-19 More than Employees and Customers? Augie Ray asks a simple question to encourage you to think more about #COVID19 risks and engage in a discussion about equity in the workplace: If the world’s top business leaders recognize and take precautions against COVID during… Continue Reading

New NYSIF Report: Long Covid

“New York state Insurance Fund has released a report [Shining A Light on Long Covid: an Analysis of Workers Compensation Data] analyzing its Covid-19 workers’ compensation claims to shine a light on Long Covid, a multifaceted syndrome causing new, returning, or ongoing symptoms in people after their initial infection. “As a large insurer with a… Continue Reading

Amazon launches RxPass

TechCrunch: “Amazon launches RxPass, a $5/month Prime add-on for all-you-need generic drugs covering 80 conditions…Prime users in the U.S. can pay a monthly flat fee of $5 to get as many generic versions of medications as they need. Amazon said that initially the service will cover generic drugs for 80 common ailments — they include,… Continue Reading

Is plastic recycling a scam? Here’s the truth about the common practice

Inverse: “A report found only 5 percent of plastic gets recycled. Experts explain what that means for the American consumer. Last fall, a Greenpeace report on plastic recycling made headlines around the world when news outlets led with the publication’s striking key finding: Only five percent of plastic household waste generated in the U.S. was… Continue Reading

What the Longest Study on Human Happiness Found Is the Key to a Good Life

The Atlantic – “The Harvard Study of Adult Development has established a strong correlation between deep relationships and well-being. The question is, how does a person nurture those deep relationships? Since 1938, the Harvard Study of Adult Development has been investigating what makes people flourish. After starting with 724 participants—boys from disadvantaged and troubled families… Continue Reading

The Financialization of Recession Response

The Financialization of Recession Response, Yale Program on Financial Stability, December 22, 2022, Aaron Klein: “This paper analyzes economic policy responses to the COVID-19-induced recession, focusing on the American policy response. Despite widespread political distrust between the two parties sharing control of the government and the timing of the upcoming presidential election, America’s political system… Continue Reading