The Daily Populous

Monday May 10th, 2021 night edition

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Overall, 66 percent of adults say they use social media once a day or more, versus 33 percent who don't.

By contrast, just 27 percent of all adults believe that those platforms do more to bring us together.

When the poll last asked this question in March 2019, 57 percent of respondents said social media platforms do more to divide us, while 35 percent said they more to unite us.

Among daily social media users, 49 percent say social media platforms make their lives better, while 37 percent say they make their lives worse.

Democrats, women and college graduates are more likely to say that social media make their lives better, versus Republicans, men and those without college degrees who are more likely to disagree.

Thirty-eight percent of parents say the amount of screen time for their children has stayed the same, and just 4 percent say it’s declined.

The margin of error for the 655 adults who use social media daily is plus-minus 3.8 percentage points. »

Hospital Food Is Never Great, But For Some Patients It Means Death

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In Switzerland, among 645 people hospitalized with chronic heart failure, a randomized trial found those who were given regular hospital food – as opposed to a personal nutrition plan – had an almost doubled risk of mortality within 30 days.

The findings suggest the lack of nutrition found in most hospital food could be putting the health and well-being of vulnerable patients at serious risk.

Hospital food has a reputation for being pre-packaged and heavily processed, so this may not be a huge surprise. »