When too much news is bad news: is the way we consume news detrimental to our health?

Humans are curious and social creatures by nature. The news helps us make sense of the world around us and connects us with our local, national and international community. So it’s no wonder we’re drawn to it.

Objective, legitimate news also keeps us informed, empowering us with knowledge to make balanced decisions.

But the way we consume news has been profoundly altered by media developments. As news outlets have adapted to media trends, the way people watch, read and listen to news has changed. And these changes aren’t without consequences.

The way we consume news matters

The increase of online news, particularly when presented via social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, has affected how we access and consume our news.

When news was delivered via traditional one-way outlets such as television and radio, we were passive receivers. But on social media platforms, we’re active consumers. We sculpt and

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Fake news creates serious issues for battling pandemic, chief public health doc says

OTTAWA — Canada’s chief public health doctor is worried about the amount of false information being floated about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Theresa Tam says when false information is spread — either intentionally or not — it does not help public health officials ensure the public has the information they need to make the right choices.

“As I reflect on the unprecedented pandemic that we have, there’s also I think the pandemic that’s occurred in the age of social media, and many different ways in which information is spread faster than the virus itself,” Tam said Tuesday at one of her regular news conferences on Parliament Hill.  

Both Tam and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadians to be responsible about the information they share by verifying it first with multiple and official sources.

“When you look at a piece of information, ask a number

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UDOT seeking public input on transportation projects in southern Utah County | Spanish Fork News

The Utah Department of Transportation is seeking public input on two transportation projects in southern Utah County — including the construction of a new Interstate 15 interchange in Spanish Fork and widening the 1600 South 2700 N. corridor leading to Springville — and will hold a public hearing next week.

During Tuesday’s Spanish Fork City Council meeting, Brian Atkinson of Pleasant Grove-based Horrocks Engineers, who UDOT hired as a consultant for an environmental assessment of the projects, said transportation officials have “been working on this (for) about a year,” noting that they met with the public in November to start “getting feedback and input from those along the corridor.”

“We found that by putting a new interchange on I-15, we can reduce some of the delays that we’re seeing today and we’ll see in the future there at that 400 South interchange,” Atkinson told the city council. “So we see

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Team news ahead of Champions League fixture tonight

Edinson Cavani could make his Manchester United debut against former club PSG tonight.

The Uruguayan striker joined United on a free transfer this autumn after he was released by Paris Saint-Germain earlier in the year.

Cavani has been isolating but is now available to play as his new club meets his old club in the Champions League.

The 33-year-old won’t start the game but it is thought he will get some minutes from the bench.

Here is everything you need to know:

When is the match?

PSG vs Manchester United kicks off at 8pm BST at the Parc des Princes in Paris.

How to watch on TV and online

The game will be shown live on BT Sport 2 in the UK, and can streamed online via the BT Sport website and the BT Sport app for paying customers.

Team news

Manchester United have Edinson Cavani available for selection against

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Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Champions League match

MANCHESTER UNITED visit beaten Champions League finalists Paris Saint-Germain in a fixture full to the brim with subplots.

The Parisians will be out for revenge after a controversial last minute Marcus Rashford penalty saw United beat them on away goals in the 2018/19 competition.

Marcus Rashford will have happy memories of the Parc des Princes after his winning penalty there in 2019


Marcus Rashford will have happy memories of the Parc des Princes after his winning penalty there in 2019Credit: AFP
Edinson Cavani will not make his debut after not travelling with the squad


Edinson Cavani will not make his debut after not travelling with the squadCredit: Getty Images – Getty

New Red Devils signing Edinson Cavani will not have a fairytale return to the French capital after the Uruguayan was ruled out by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In the blue corner Man Utd flop Angel Di Maria, who reportedly hates the club so much he turns the TV off whenever they are playing, is fit to start for Paris Saint-Germain.

18 months ago the Argentine wildly celebrated

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Covid-19 news: Wales to enter a 17-day national lockdown from Friday

People walk on Llandudno Pier, Conwy, Wales beside a sign that reads: 'Llandudno Pier, Keep left'
People walk on Llandudno Pier, Conwy, Wales

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Latest coronavirus news as of 5 pm on 19 October

Welsh government announces temporary national lockdown to start on Friday 

Wales will enter a “firebreak” 17-day national lockdown starting this Friday at 6 pm, First Minister of Wales Mark Drakeford announced today. “The firebreak is the shortest we can make it, but that means it will have to be sharp and deep to have the maximum impact on the virus,” Drakeford told a press conference. The decision comes after the UK government decided not to follow advice from scientific advisors to introduce a similar, second UK-wide lockdown lasting two weeks to curb rising infections. A modelling study by researchers at the University of Warwick and the London School of Hygiene and

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Peoria-area residents navigate lingering COVID-19 symptoms, fear of the unknown – News – Journal Star

PEORIA — Most people who get COVID-19 recover within a week or two, but some are left with lingering symptoms and no timetable for when, or if, these symptoms will abate.

“What the data is showing us is that about 5 to 10% of patients can develop this post-COVID syndrome,” said Dr. Brian Curtis, an internal medicine specialist with OSF HealthCare. “We don’t really know what causes it.”

Dealing with a virus that only hit the scene within the last year, doctors are hampered by a lack of data, Curtis said. They don’t know how long lingering symptoms will last and are not sure how to treat patients except to provide supportive care for the various symptoms patients complain of.

“The biggest symptom seems to be fatigue and shortness of breath,” Curtis said. “We have some others who may have prolonged diarrhea or prolonged brain fog.”

As of Friday, 109

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Russia Shuns Tough Restrictions Even as Infections Soar | Business News

By DARIA LITVINOVA, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — It’s Friday night in Moscow, and popular bars and restaurants in the city center are packed. No one except the staff is wearing a mask or bothers to keep their distance. There is little indication at all that Russia is being swept by a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

“I believe that everyone will have the disease eventually,” says Dr. Alexandra Yerofeyeva, an internal medicine specialist at an insurance company, while sipping a cocktail at The Bix bar in Moscow. She adds cheerfully: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

The outbreak in Russia this month is breaking the records set in the spring, when a lockdown to slow the spread of the virus was put in place. But, as governments across Europe move to reimpose restrictions to counter rising cases, authorities in Russia are resisting shutting down businesses again. Some regions have closed nightclubs or

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Health officials warn of Lowndes virus increase | News

VALDOSTA – Lowndes County has experienced an increase in COVID-19 cases in October.

The beginning of this increase was first noticed in the second week of October, and the positivity rate has continued to grow since that time, according to a statement from the South Health District.

“This increase is significant and it is extremely important that residents not forget that COVID is very much present in our communities,” said Dr. William R. Grow, MD, FACP, district health director. “We highly encourage everyone to continue wearing masks, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene so we can stop this increase in its tracks.”

The total count of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Lowndes was at approximately 4,160 at the end of the week. Total cases across South Health District were at more than 9,500 at the end of the week.

The Georgia Department of Public Health reminds everyone of the importance

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Candidate responses for the 13th Senatorial District: Here’s what they had to say, in their own words | PA Power and Policy: Pennsylvania State News

To read this story in Spanish, click here. 

LNP | LancasterOnline asked each candidate in Lancaster County a set of questions and asked them to respond. We are publishing their responses, in their own words, with editing only for newspaper style and spelling.

The District: Of all the legislative races in Lancaster County, this is the most competitive. This district, which covers suburban, rural and urban areas, saw Democrats out-perform Republicans in raw voter registration numbers since 2016, when GOP Sen. Scott Martin won the seat. In 2018, former Democratic congressional candidate Jess King received 88 more votes than U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker within the 13th Senatorial District. These trends prompted the Pennsylvania Senate Democratic Campaign Committee to target the 13th this year as they seek to regain a Senate majority. But Republicans still outnumber Democrats inside the district’s borders by more than 13,000 registered voters.

Represents: Lancaster city; Bart,

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