Trending News Today: Facebook Plans to Combat Anti-Vaccine Messages on Social Network

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Facebook said it will start cracking down on vaccine misinformation on the social media site, The Associated Press reported. According to the article, Facebook has said it will ban groups, pages, and ads that spread misinformation about vaccines and work to reduce the reach of anti-vaccine content. The efforts will also extend to Instagram, where the company will stop displaying anti-vaccine content on its Explore and hashtag pages.

A new analysis found that patients with chronic diseases who suffer from depression may be more likely to see improvements in depression-related symptoms if they exercise, Reuters reported. According to the review, researchers examined data from 24 studies with a total of 4111 patients with chronic illnesses and symptoms of depression. Patients who exercised at least 2 or 3 times per week were more likely to see a reduction in depression symptoms compared with those who did not do aerobic exercise at all, the article reported.

A recent study suggests that e-cigarette use may increase the risk of heart attack, developing coronary artery disease, and experiencing emotional stress, The American Journal of Managed Care reported. According to the article, the researchers analyzed data from the CDC’s 2014, 2016, and 2017 National Health Interview Survey including a total of 96,467 respondents. After adjusting for other cardiovascular risk factors, e-cigarette users were found to be 34% more likely to have a heart attack, 25% more likely to have coronary artery disease, and 55% more likely to experience emotional distress, the article reported.