Medicine


Quest Diagnostics breach: almost 12 million patients may have been affected Quest Diagnostics breach: almost 12 million patients may have been affected
- June 06, 2019

Laboratory test results are not provided to outside companies and were not affected. Gemini said they attempted to notify AMCA, but received no response. LabCorp also said that as a result of the breach, it's stopped sending new collection requests to the AMCA and suspended the AMCA's work on any pending requests related to LabCorp customers. (more...)
Texas couple on holiday in Fiji die from unidentified illness Texas couple on holiday in Fiji die from unidentified illness
- June 04, 2019

Family members said the couple - a former Air Force veteran and former student athlete - were "very physically fit". A Fort Worth couple died while on vacation in Fiji. A State Department official confirmed their deaths in a statement to ABC News on Monday, but it did could not offer details on the situation. "For more than a week, the U.S. (more...)
Quest Diagnostics says data on nearly12M patients exposed by breach Quest Diagnostics says data on nearly12M patients exposed by breach
- June 04, 2019

Quest Diagnostics has announced that there was a data breach within the American Medical Collection Agency, a billing collections service provider, which could have exposed approximately 11.9 million Quest patients. It was only last week that one of New York's largest non-profits, a provider of residential and community care for vulnerable members of society, experienced a similar data breach - albeit on a far smaller scale. (more...)
Quest Diagnostics Warns Nearly 12 Million Patient Records May Have Been Breached Quest Diagnostics Warns Nearly 12 Million Patient Records May Have Been Breached
- June 03, 2019

According to a statement released Monday, Quest's billing collections service provider, American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), notified them that an unauthorized user had access to AMCA's system containing personal information AMCA received from various companies, including Quest. (more...)
Measles cases up 300% Measles cases up 300%
- June 03, 2019

Many of this year's cases occurred as part of ongoing measles outbreaks in several USA cities, and most infected people were unvaccinated, according to the CDC . Courthouse News Service , Jezebel , the Rockland/Westchester Journal News , ABC News and the New York Post have coverage. Almost two-thirds of all cases have been in NY, and 85% of the latest week's cases came from the state. (more...)
'Ultra-processed' foods linked to early death, scientists say
- June 02, 2019

You probably already know that being overweight and not exercising can lead to chronic disease and an increased mortality risk , but eating ultra-processed foods may up your risk of dying even more. This view is supported by Australian researchers in a linked editorial, who say the dietary advice is relatively straightforward: eat less ultra-processed food and more unprocessed or minimally processed food. (more...)
Researchers create fake village filled with genetically-modified fungus to fight malaria Researchers create fake village filled with genetically-modified fungus to fight malaria
- June 02, 2019

The experiment was conducted by scientists from the University of Maryland (UMD) in the United States and the IRSS research institute in Burkina Faso and its findings published this week in the journal Science . Importantly, this fungus did not have lethal effects on important insect species including bees. The researchers also point out in the Science paper that "substantial off-site dispersal of Mp-Hybrid is unlikely given that its large, sticky, ultraviolet light-sensitive spores do ... (more...)
Ongoing U.S. Measles Outbreak Breaks 25-Year-Old Record, Says CDC Ongoing U.S. Measles Outbreak Breaks 25-Year-Old Record, Says CDC
- June 02, 2019

He added, "Again, I want to reassure parents that vaccines are safe, they do not cause autism". U.S. health officials say almost 1,000 cases of measles were reported across the country in the first five months of this year, the highest tally in about 25 years. (more...)
Medical Marijuana, Some CBD Oils Now Allowed Aboard US Planes Medical Marijuana, Some CBD Oils Now Allowed Aboard US Planes
- May 31, 2019

The agency recently updated its guidance to passengers on what can be brought aboard aircraft, indicating that - subject to "special instructions" - there are forms of medical marijuana that can be brought on board or placed in checked luggage. (more...)
World Health Organization officially recognizes 'burnout' as a medical condition World Health Organization officially recognizes 'burnout' as a medical condition
- May 30, 2019

A person who suffers from gaming disorder may have trouble controlling how often they play video games, how long each session lasts, as well as quitting a game, among other things. While gaming disorder isn't likely to affect many gamers, if the described symptoms persist for more than a year, they could be diagnosed with the disorder , he added. (more...)
Job Burn-Out Is More Than Just a Pain
- May 29, 2019

Saxena said in for the vast majority, bouts of intense gameplay "is an occasional or transitory behavior", saying that problems emerge when the excessive gaming continues for a year or more, which might make a diagnosis of video game addiction disorder appropriate. (more...)
Gaming Addiction Officially Recognized As Illness By The World Health Organization
- May 29, 2019

The ICD also - for the first time - recognises video gaming as an addiction on the same level as other stimulants such as gambling and drugs like cocaine. In response to the classification, representatives of the global video game industry - from the US, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, South Africa and Brazil - have requested that the World Health Organization changes its decision . (more...)
FDA approves $2.1 million Novartis' 'Zolgensma', makes it the costliest drug ever FDA approves $2.1 million Novartis' 'Zolgensma', makes it the costliest drug ever
- May 27, 2019

The price of Zolgensma, announced by Novartis right after the FDA decision, is more than twice that of the world's second most expensive drug, Luxterna, an $850,000 treatment for blindness made by Spark Therapeutics, and recently acquired by Roche. (more...)
FDA approves $2M medicine, most expensive ever FDA approves $2M medicine, most expensive ever
- May 27, 2019

And then came the price tag: $2.125 million for a one-time treatment. Novartis said the gene therapy would be cost-effective at up to $5 million per patient. The genetic disease affects about one in every 10,000 births, with at least 50 percent to 70 percent diagnosed with Type I form. Instead of a one-time treatment, it must be given every four months. (more...)
Trump administration proposes rule that removes Obama-era transgender health care protections Trump administration proposes rule that removes Obama-era transgender health care protections
- May 26, 2019

Severino heads the HHS Office for Civil Rights, which is charged with enforcing anti-discrimination protections. The health care non-discrimination regulation implementing Section 1557 now provides that the law's ban on sex discrimination applies to discrimination based on sex stereotyping and gender identity, consistent with numerous court decisions. (more...)
GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill GOP conservative temporarily blocks $19B disaster bill
- May 25, 2019

Friday's action played out in a almost empty House chamber as most of its members have left Washington for a week-long Memorial Day holiday recess. Roy's objection to the disaster aid bill further delays legislation that would send aid to victims of Western wildfires, Midwestern flooding and hurricanes that hit the Southeast and Puerto Rico, as well as to other disaster-affected areas across the country. (more...)
Rising mumps and measles cases prompt vaccination call - Latest Pharmacy News Rising mumps and measles cases prompt vaccination call - Latest Pharmacy News
- May 25, 2019

In the final quarter of past year, 94.9 per cent of eligible children aged five received the first dose of MMR. One dose of the MMR vaccine is about 90 to 95 per cent effective in preventing measles. 880 cases were confirmed in 24 states between January 1 and May 17 by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. "By taking up the MMR vaccine parents and young people can prevent more cases and I would urge everybody to do so". (more...)
Google shows how AI might detect lung cancer faster and more reliably
- May 22, 2019

The AI was then tested against a team of six radiologists who made a career out of analysing CT scans. It does signal some promise when it comes to automating a process that struggles with false positives and negatives. The model outperformed six radiologists when previous CT imaging was not available and performed as well as the radiologists when there was prior imaging. (more...)
Putting Your Child to Sleep in a Car Seat is Risky
- May 21, 2019

You may want to think twice about keeping your sleeping baby in a vehicle seat when you're done traveling. But if you're letting your infant sleep in their seat even after you get out of the vehicle, you could be putting them at risk, according to a study published on Monday in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) journal. (more...)
NMDOH confirms first measles case since 2014 NMDOH confirms first measles case since 2014
- May 20, 2019

Co-author Dr Stefano Merler added: "In particular, we found that this strategy would allow the UK, Ireland and the USA to reach stable herd immunity levels in the next decades, which means that a sufficiently high proportion of individuals are immune to the disease to avoid future outbreaks". (more...)