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Advanced Hackers Infect X-Ray Machines In Healthcare Espionage

Yet another hacker crew has been battering the healthcare industry in recent months. But rather than just aim for the PCs, its also gotten footholds on the computers controlling X-Ray, MRI and other medical machines, according to a report from Symantec on Thursday.<p>The hacker group, dubbed …

Cybersecurity

A 'moonshot' health care idea: Show patients the prices

Mandatory disclosure wouldn’t be a panacea but a tool to help rein in costs by spurring competition. Two bills are in the Legislature.

Health Care

Is This the Single Most Persuasive Word in the English Language?

Not because of what the word means, but because of what the word means you will do<p>I know a number of extremely successful people, and while in many ways they're very different, they all share one thing in common: They're exceptionally good at persuading other people.<p>After all, that's what leaders …

Self-improvement

There Are 4 Types of Managers. One Is More Effective Than the Others

In a utopian corporate world, managers lavish a constant stream of feedback on their direct reports. This is necessary, the thinking goes, because organizations and responsibilities are changing rapidly, requiring employees to constantly upgrade their skills. Indeed, the desire for frequent …

Management

Nitschke's 'suicide machine' draws crowds at Amsterdam funeral fair

Euthanasia advocate displays ‘Sarco’, a pod that fills with nitrogen, which he hopes will one day be available as a 3D-printable device<p>A controversial suicide pod that enables its occupant to kill themselves at the press of a button went on display at an Amsterdam funeral show on Saturday.<p>Called …

3D Printing

EpiPen shortages seen in Canada, UK but U.S. supply intact

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Mylan N.V.'s (MYL.O) emergency allergy antidote EpiPen is in short supply in Canada and Britain, but remains available in the United States, the treatment's manufacturer said on Friday.<p>EpiPens deliver potentially lifesaving doses of the generic drug epinephrine, via an …

Medicine

Texas’s maternal mortality rate was unbelievably high. Now we know why.

For the past few years, Texas’s maternal mortality rate was so high it seemed unbelievable.<p>As it turns out, according to a study released this week it was, indeed, not to be believed.<p>This week, the Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force released a study in Obstetrics & Gynecology that …

Pregnancy

Alfie Evans' parents fear toddler could be 'executed within hours' when life support switch-off date is set tomorrow

The parents of desperately ill Alfie Evans are preparing to return to court tomorrow as they continue to battle to keep their 23-month-old son …

Judiciary

Are we really facing a doctor shortage?

You hear it so often it’s almost a cliché: The nation is facing a serious shortage of doctors, particularly doctors who practice primary care, in the …

Health Care

Thousands Mistakenly Enrolled During California’s Medicaid Expansion, Feds Find

California signed up an estimated 450,000 people under Medicaid expansion who may not have been eligible for coverage, according to a report by the …

Health Care

Are There Risks From Secondhand Marijuana Smoke? Early Science Says Yes

The inspiration arrived in a haze at a Paul McCartney concert a few years ago in San Francisco.<p>"People in front of me started lighting up and then other people started lighting up," says Matthew Springer, a biologist and professor in the division of cardiology at the University of California, San …

Boy, 14, denied life-changing drug by NHS ‘because it’s too expensive’

A life-changing drug that could help a desperately sick 14-year-old boy has been declined to him on the NHS – because it costs too much.<p>Joe Barnes …

A new kind of doctor's office that doesn't take insurance and charges a monthly fee is 'popping up everywhere' — and that could change how we think about healthcare

Bryan Hill spent his career working as a pediatrician, teaching at a university, and working at a hospital. But in March 2016 he decided he no longer wanted a boss.<p>Soon after, Hill learned about a different way to run a doctor's office.<p>"It's the most fun I've ever had," Hill said.<p>Now almost 18 …

Health Care

Death risk increased with two blood pressure drugs

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. But a new study has …

Fewer heart attack patients die when top cardiologists are away at conferences, study finds

Heart attack patients are more likely to survive when top cardiologists are not in the hospital, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at Harvard Medical School found that when heart specialists are away at academic conferences, the survival rate at their hospitals actually improves.<p>They believe that …

What's in the IV bag? Studies show safer option than saline

New research calls into question what's in those IV bags that nearly every hospitalized patient gets. Using a different intravenous fluid instead of the usual saline greatly reduced the risk of death or kidney damage, two large studies found.<p>The difference could mean 50,000 to 70,000 fewer deaths …

Medicine

NHS crisis: Patients face delays for vital treatment amid 'staggering increase' in cancelled operations

Patients are facing delays to life-saving treatment amid warnings over a “staggering increase” in cancellations of urgent surgery.<p>Nearly 1,000 urgent …

Tests Indicated His Infection Was Getting Better. Why Did He Feel Worse?

“Something’s wrong,” the woman told the young doctor, her face lined with worry. “This is not my husband.” The 68-year-old man lay unmoving in the hospital bed, his eyes dull, his face expressionless. His wife stood by him, as she had for nearly four decades of marriage. You don’t know him, she …

Medicine

NHS hospitals ordered to cancel all routine operations in January as flu spike and bed shortages lead to A&E crisis

Every hospital in the country has been ordered to cancel all non-urgent surgery until at least February in an unprecedented step by NHS officials.<p>The instructions on Tuesday night - which will see result in around 50,000 operations being axed - followed claims by senior doctors that patients were …

Radiation Therapy

Lack of specialist surgeons ‘putting patients at risk’

The NHS is suffering a severe shortage of interventional radiologists, say senior doctors<p>Patients are dying because of an acute shortage of specialist doctors to perform life-saving surgery on women after childbirth, victims of car crashes and other emergency cases.<p>An NHS-wide lack of …

Radiation Therapy

If You Tip, You Laugh at Commentary About U.S. 'Wage Stagnation'

While truth – scientific or otherwise – is never arrived at through a show of hands, it’s worth asking readers a basic question: do you tip? In particular, do you tip your commercial contacts at year end?<p>Some of you may have restaurant waiters and bartenders to whom you’re extra generous. For …

Economics

How Blockchain, A.I. And Other Tech Trends Will Disrupt Healthcare In 2018

The increased use of artificial intelligence and machine learning is shifting the paradigm of medical research and treatment. These advanced technologies are providing researchers real-time access to every white paper and clinical case study conducted on a genetic disorder.<p>Being able to develop …

Artificial Intelligence

I'm a doctor and I want final GOP tax bill to repeal Obamacare's individual mandate

But Republicans need to stop trying to reverse the law's Medicaid expansion. It is flawed, but it has brought health care to millions.<p>Now that the Senate and House are working to resolve the differences in their tax bills, one question on everyone’s mind is whether the final version will repeal …

Health Care

Canada's Health-Care Queues

American Democrats are following Bernie Sanders in embracing single-payer health care on the Canadian model. But when they get sick, our neighbors to the north increasingly find that the only way to get “free” medical care is to wait for weeks or months.<p>The Fraser Institute’s new report, “Waiting …

Health Care

Study Suggests Medicaid Is ‘Persistently Inferior’ Form Of Coverage

How many individuals would knowingly want to enroll in a form of health coverage with “persistently inferior” outcomes? It’s a good question, as a …

Kevin O'Leary explains one big thing people don't understand about bitcoin (but need to)

With the recent frenzy around the staggering rise in the price of bitcoin, which briefly reached a high of $19,340 trading on the Coinbase exchange …

Cryptocurrency

This Patient Had 'Do Not Resuscitate' Tattooed on His Chest And Doctors Didn't Know What to Do

What did it mean?<p>Doctors in Miami faced an unusual ethical dilemma when an unconscious, deteriorating patient was brought into the emergency room …

A prescription for healing the healthcare industry

Mike Townsend Contributor<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>The Magic Of Marketplace Expansion Playbooks<p>The year is 1900. Life expectancy is 47 years. Almost all hospitals in the U.S. are nonprofit institutions founded by religious organizations. More people die in war due to infection than in …

Health Care

Patients have different hospital outcomes when regular doctors see them

(Reuters Health) - Many outcomes for hospital patients – including how long they stay and their survival odds after they go home – may depend on whether they’re cared for by their primary care physician or another type of doctor, a U.S. study suggests.<p>Researchers examined data on 560,651 admissions …

Health Care

THIS CHART: Obamacare Enrollment Is Limping Behind Previous Years

Since November 1, to the astonishment and delight of health care advocates, the daily and weekly pace of Obamacare enrollment has been higher than in …

Health Care