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Men living in the United States are far sicker than men in similarly wealthy countries, a new report has found. Among other things, American men are more likely to die early from preventable causes than those living in 10 other countries, including Canada, Australia, and the UK. Financially struggling men also tended to be worse off in the U.S. than elsewhere.

The new report is the latest in a series by the Commonwealth Fund, a nonprofit organization focused on health care reform. These reports analyze publicly available data on health outcomes as well as surveys conducted by the organization. And they typically compare the U.S. to its high-income peer countries, with the latest comparisons including Norway, the Netherlands, Australia, the UK, Germany, Canada, New Zealand, France, and Sweden.

Last year, they ranked the U.S. dead last across most health care metrics, including in life expectancy past age 60. In April, another comparison report found that American women of reproductive age were the most likely to die from preventable causes, including during or soon after pregnancy, and they were also the most likely to have trouble paying their medical bills or to avoid seeing doctors over healthcare costs. Unfortunately, the picture isn’t looking any rosier for American men.

According to the report, U.S. men were the most likely to report multiple chronic health problems (29% overall) and second only to Australian men in reporting a need for mental health care (35%). They also had the highest rate of avoidable deaths, defined as dying from preventable causes before the age of 75. These gaps were even larger for American men with “income insecurity,” who were also at higher risk of not being able to pay for their health care and to avoid doctors. Unsurprisingly, American men were the most likely to express dissatisfaction with the current status quo, with only one-third giving the U.S. health care system a high rating.

About the only category where American men are faring better than their peers was with prostate cancer. The mortality rate of prostate cancer was actually lower in the U.S. than in any other nation. But aside from that, men in the U.S. have got the short end of the health stick, the report authors say, despite the country having more resources than others.

One clear factor for this disparity is that the U.S. does not guarantee universal health care coverage to its residents, the authors note. Many of the best-performing countries have also established some form of a single-payer system, where costs are primarily covered by the government, which is in turn funded by taxes.

“This study makes clear that U.S. men are sicker, more stressed, and dying at much higher rates compared to men in other countries,” said Munira Z. Gunja, lead report author and senior researcher for the Commonwealth Fund’s International Program in Health Policy and Practice Innovation, in a statement. “This is largely because so many of them can’t afford the care they need. The United States is the world’s wealthiest democracy, yet its failure to provide universal health care leaves 16 million men uninsured and far more with high out-of-pocket costs.”

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A single-payer system in the U.S., many studies have suggested, would not only provide universal health coverage to Americans but also likely lower health care costs, thanks to fewer administrative resources needed to manage it and greater bargaining power in negotiating with the medical and pharmaceutical industry. The Commonwealth Fund does note that there is much variation in how these systems operate in terms of the government’s role (only some, like the UK, are fully nationalized, with doctors being public employees), and even in single-payer countries, there is still some room for private health insurance.

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A few weeks ago, Meta terminated a large number of people across its workforce from all over the world. All in all, about 13 per cent or roughly 11,000 people were terminated as the company was preparing itself for some tough times ahead. While terminating, the social-media-turned-tech giant had promised a handsome severance package to all the employees it had terminated. However, a group of ex-Meta employees are now reporting that they are not getting the severance they were promised.

Meta employees were told that they will receive 16 weeks of base pay, plus two additional weeks for every year with the company, and 6 months of health insurance for family members. However, some employees are getting only 8 weeks of basic pay and 3 months of health insurance. Image Credit: AFP

When they were being terminated, Meta employees were told that they will receive 16 weeks of base pay, plus two additional weeks for every year with the company. Zuckerberg also said that health insurance for those employees and their families will continue for six months.

A group of Meta workers who joined the company via a corporate training program have revealed that they are receiving inferior severance packages as compared to other workers who were recently laid off.

The employees who are being shortchanged are members of Meta’s Sourcer Development Program, a program that was intended to help workers from diverse backgrounds obtain careers in corporate technology recruiting. The Sourcer Development Program is part of Meta’s Pathways program, which helps people with non-traditional professional backgrounds obtain apprenticeships at the social networking giant for various roles. Nearly every member of Meta’s Sourcer Development Program was let go from the company as part of its massive layoff.

Members of Meta’s Sourcer Development Program said they are only going to get 8 weeks of base pay and three months of health coverage. The workers said it’s unclear why they are receiving lower severance packages than their colleagues, considering they were full-time employees and not contractual staff.

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On November 16, the group sent a letter to Zuckerberg and other Meta executives, including Meta’s head of people, Lori Goler and chief operating officer Javier Olivan, informing Meta management about their severance situation and asking for help resolving the issue.

“Even our former managers insisted we were confused and that all the information they were getting was that we were offered 16 weeks of pay and 6 months of health insurance,” the group wrote in the letter.

They later added, “Leadership may not have been aware that the last SDP class, which began in April 2022, was repeatedly assured by their leadership that any potential layoff would not impact their current employment but would likely impact the company’s ability to consider them for a full-time role.”

The impacted Meta workers have also said they have not received any replies from Meta’s human resources and management staff explaining their situation.


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Have you gone to your notifications tab on Twitter, only to see nothing there? You’re not alone. Users have increasingly reported broken notifications in recent days. And while Twitter didn’t respond to questions about why, it’s hard not to see a possible correlation with the mass layoffs of software engineers instigated by new owner Elon Musk, who took over the social media company in late October.

Gizmodo has experienced Twitter notifications breaking at least three times over the past week, with the most recent outage happening Monday night. Bringing up the notifications tab, which shows other users responding to your tweets, brings up a rooster graphic on mobile or just a blank page with “nothing to see here” displayed on the web.

Biz Stone, one of the co-founders of Twitter, even posted a screenshot on Monday showing his completely empty notifications. Stone, who has over 2.6 million followers, sarcastically tweeted, “Can’t wait for someone to mention me!”

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Twitter Spaces, a feature where users can host audio chats, has also been having problems over the past week, with one user getting Musk’s attention on the problem. But the entire Twitter Spaces team was reportedly fired during one of Musk’s recent purges.

It’s unclear if the glitches are a direct result of Twitter firing thousands of people in a number of diverse roles, including everything from engineering to sales. While anecdotally there are people on the platform who claim the number of child exploitation images is down since Musk took over, it’s hard to imagine that’s true when Musk has absolutely gutted the child safety team. In fact, the child safety team for all of Asia, based in Singapore, has just one full time employee right now, according to Wired UK. That means just one person is looking out for child exploitation material that may originate in Japan, with 59 million Twitter users, the company’s second largest market after the U.S.

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Musk’s takeover of Twitter was mired in controversy from the start, with the billionaire trying to back out of the $44 billion deal at one point. But Musk was ultimately forced to buy the company and has instituted changes that have alienated advertisers and been friendly to far-right extremists. Even Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer, has been welcomed back on the platform. Meanwhile, high-profile left-leaning accounts like the anarchist collective CrimethInc, are getting purged.

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment late Tuesday. Gizmodo will update this article if we hear back. But given the fact that Twitter reportedly fired its entire communications team, we’re not going to hold our breath.


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