Senate bill calls for data, technology to combat opioid crisis

April 18, 2018

Category: Regulatory

Leaders of the Senate health committee on Tuesday introduced bipartisan legislation designed to help combat the nationwide opioid epidemic through the increased collection, analysis and sharing of data to track controlled substance prescribing and the effects of drug abuse. The […]

HHS warns SamSam ransomware is still ravaging healthcare

April 11, 2018

Hackers have launched at least eight separate cyberattacks on healthcare and government organizations so far this year using SamSam ransomware, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The 2018 attacks include incidents involving two Indiana-based hospitals and one […]

Don’t get tripped up by the IRS’ tweak to health savings accounts

April 3, 2018

Category: Opinions

It’s tax time, and this week I answered questions from readers about the penalty for not having health insurance as well as changes to health savings accounts. I also discuss health insurance coverage options for a reader’s parents who are […]

Innovation, Medical Devices

First AI device to detect diabetic eye disease gets FDA greenlight

April 17, 2018


On Wednesday 11 April the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the marketing approval of the first medical device to use artificial intelligence (AI) to detect more than a mild level of diabetic retinopathy, the most common cause of […]


A Pill To Treat Cancer And Heart Disease (Miracle Cure Or Media Hype?)

April 16, 2018

Via: Forbes

In a recent New York Times article, physician-author Siddhartha Mukherjee wrote about a clinical trial that he characterized as “beautiful,” for potentially illuminating a surprising connection between heart disease and cancer. Mukherjee is a justifiably acclaimed writer, who publishes regularly […]


Study: Yoga and mindfulness may help elementary school students manage stress, anxiety

April 16, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Yoga/mindfulness activities may facilitate stress management among elementary school students and may be added as a complement to social and emotional learning activities, according to a Tulane University study. Published April 10 in Psychology Research and Behavior Management Journal, the […]

Clinical Research, Innovation

Scientists discover genes that may trigger depression

April 16, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Nearly 80 genes that could be linked to depression have been discovered by scientists. The findings could help explain why some people may be at a higher risk of developing the condition, researchers say. The study could also help researchers […]

Data Security, Information Management

Data Breach at Middletown Medical Impacts up to 63K Patients

April 13, 2018

Via: Healthcare Informatics

The Orange County, New York-based Middletown Medical has acknowledged a data breach in which a security setting on one of the group’s radiology interfaces enabled unauthorized users to access electronic patient information. The misconfigured security settings specifically may have permitted […]


FDA bans some pure caffeine powders and liquids that pack a potentially lethal punch

April 13, 2018


Some pure caffeine products are now unlawful, according to the Food and Drug Administration. The agency said the ban focuses on liquids and powders containing pure or highly concentrated caffeine, which are often sold in large tubs containing thousands of […]


Digital Addiction: A Recipe For Isolation, Depression And Anxiety

April 13, 2018

Via: Forbes

Smartphones have clearly become an indispensable part of our lives and society, keeping us connected and aware of minute-to-minute breaking news, weather systems, even changes in marital status of pop icons and celebrities Part of this “convenience” in allowing us […]

Clinical Research, Innovation

‘Good’ cholesterol tied to higher infectious disease risk

April 12, 2018

Via: Medical News Today

What is typically referred to as “good cholesterol” is now facing closer scrutiny from researchers. A new study has found a link between a higher risk of infectious diseases and high and low levels of this type of cholesterol alike. […]