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Say No to 'Say No to Drugs': Facebook is Better Than Propaganda at Changing Behavior

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sees Twitter and Facebook as tremendous tools for encouraging communities to make healthier choices.

Sue Desmond-Hellmann: My first year at The Gates Foundation has been terrific. I feel like every day is a gift. I have enormous respect and pride in my colleagues and every day I meet somebody who amazes me. I think my self-awareness as a leader comes from the energy I get from colleagues. One of my favorite things to do is to ask for feedback or to learn from colleagues. And the self-awareness I have it really comes from a place of deep respect for what other people know and contribute.

As a leader in 2015, I've grown to be fond of social media. And so I'm one of those people who's on Twitter and on Facebook. And I think that the social network has enormous power to bring people together and to connect people in meaningful ways. As a physician, so often an impediment to getting things done is human behavior. We're trying to change human behavior all the time. Stop smoking. Exercise more. Get your children vaccinated. Human behavior is a powerful positive, and some human behaviors can be a powerful negative in really advancing health worldwide and accomplishing the things that we're trying to accomplish here. So I'm intrigued by the power of connecting people, of some of the facts that are well-known in medicine about if your neighborhood is healthy, you tend to be healthy. If your social circle, whether it's real or virtual is unhealthy and has unhealthy habits, so do you. So I think in the causes we care about in advancing both education in the U.S. and global health and global development worldwide, I feel like we've only scratched the surface of how we use human connection. Whatever technology allows for that human connection in meaningful ways to help us with what we're trying to do.

I think I've enjoyed my first year here especially because we have so many talented passionate people who I learn from every day.

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sees Twitter and Facebook as tremendous tools for encouraging communities to make healthier choices. "As a physician, so often an impediment to getting things done is human behavior. We're trying to change human behavior all the time. Stop smoking. Exercise more. Get your children vaccinated. Human behavior is a powerful positive, and some human behaviors can be a powerful negative in really advancing health worldwide and accomplish the things that we're trying to accomplish here." But when communities are connected, either through the web or just in a neighborhood, the flaws of human behavior can be overcome.

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Women who go to church have more kids—and more help

Want help raising your kids? Spend more time at church, says new study.

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Culture & Religion
  • Religious people tend to have more children than secular people, but why remains unknown.
  • A new study suggests that the social circles provided by regular church going make raising kids easier.
  • Conversely, having a large secular social group made women less likely to have children.
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Bubonic plague case reported in China

Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.

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Coronavirus
  • The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
  • Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
  • Chinese health officials are also monitoring a newly discovered type of swine flu that has the potential to develop into a pandemic virus.
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Leonardo da Vinci could visually flip between dimensions, neuroscientist claims

A neuroscientist argues that da Vinci shared a disorder with Picasso and Rembrandt.

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Mind & Brain
  • A neuroscientist at the City University of London proposes that Leonardo da Vinci may have had exotropia, allowing him to see the world with impaired depth perception.
  • If true, it means that Da Vinci would have been able to see the images he wanted to paint as they would have appeared on a flat surface.
  • The finding reminds us that sometimes looking at the world in a different way can have fantastic results.
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Education vs. learning: How semantics can trigger a mind shift

The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.

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  • The terms 'education' and 'learning' are often used interchangeably, but there is a cultural connotation to the former that can be limiting. Education naturally links to schooling, which is only one form of learning.
  • Gregg Behr, founder and co-chair of Remake Learning, believes that this small word shift opens up the possibilities in terms of how and where learning can happen. It also becomes a more inclusive practice, welcoming in a larger, more diverse group of thinkers.
  • Post-COVID, the way we think about what learning looks like will inevitably change, so it's crucial to adjust and begin building the necessary support systems today.
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