AHOSKIE, N.C. — The railroad tracks cut through Weyling White’s boyhood backyard like an invisible fence. He would play there on sweltering afternoons, stacking rocks along the rails under the watch of his grandfather, who established a firm rule: Weyling wasn’t to cross the right of way into the white part of town.
The other side had nicer homes and parks, all the medical offices, and the town’s only hospital. As a consequence, White said, his family mostly got by without regular care, relying on home remedies and the healing hands of the Baptist church. “There were no health care resources whatsoever,” said White, 34. “You would see tons of worse health outcomes for people on those streets.”
The hard lines of segregation have faded in Ahoskie, a town of 5,000 people in the northeastern corner of the state. But in health care, a new force is redrawing those barriers: algorithms that blindly soak up and perpetuate historical imbalances in access to medical resources.
A STAT investigation found that a common method of using analytics software to target medical services to patients who need them most is infusing racial bias into decision-making about who should receive stepped-up care. While a study published last year documented bias in the use of an algorithm in one health system, STAT found the problems arise from multiple algorithms used in hospitals across the country. The bias is not intentional, but it reinforces deeply rooted inequities in the American health care system, effectively walling off low-income Black and Hispanic patients from services that less sick white patients routinely receive.
These algorithms are running in the background of most Americans’ interaction with the health care system. They sift data on patients’ medical problems, prior health costs, medication use, lab results, and other information to predict
January Jones has become something of an accidental influencer in recent months as the Mad Men star’s chaotic Instagram has fans intrigued.
One of the actress’ latest post has raised a few eyebrows—in the best possible way.
Jones, 42, joked about taking a bath in beer and linking it to Cleopatra bathing in sperm.
A fan tweeted stills from the story from September 29with the caption: “January is self care posting again and just poured beer in her bath because she read that Cleopatra used to bathe in sperm (?) and it ‘can’t be that different depending on who you’ve dated.'”
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They added: “This is by far one of the greatest videos she’s ever posted but the yeast implications are terrifying me.”
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The tweet has since gone semi-viral garnering more than 11,000 likes at the time of reporting.
One fan commented: “January Jones is chaotic and honestly I’m here for it.”
While another Twitter user added: “I am obsessed with this specific brand of weird white woman.”
In the post, Jones gave a glimpse into her quarantine lifestyle where she laid down on the floor of her closet because “Mares is in retrograde or something.”
“Welcome to the floor of my closet. This is where I go when I’m feeling down, and right now Mars is in retrograde or something and everything in my house is falling apart,” she explained.
“So I wanted to lay here and look at pretty shoes and bags and things. Come up with outfit