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2/19/2018

There were 551 data breaches at organizations in the US in 2017, with more than 1.9 billion files leaked and 819 million files exposed, according to an analysis from Citrix ShareFile, in partnership with IBM Security. Health care, which reported 328 leaks at an estimated cost of nearly $1.2 billion, was the most targeted and susceptible industry, with 46% of the incidents caused by malware or hacking, 33% due to unintended disclosure, 18% from physical loss and a combined 4% from portable devices and insider leaks.

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2/19/2018

CDC officials reported 22 additional influenza-related pediatric deaths for the week ending Feb. 10, bringing the season's total to 84, while nearly 68 people per 100,000 had flu-related hospitalizations, up from about 60 per 100,000 the previous week. The CDC said activity remains widespread in 48 states, and 1 in 13 doctor visits involved fever, cough and other flu symptoms, the same level as the week before.

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2/19/2018

President Donald Trump and Congress must take action to reduce gun violence as a public health threat, the AAFP and four other physician groups said following the shooting deaths of 17 children and adults at a Parkland, Fla., high school. The groups called for labeling violence linked to gun use a national public health epidemic, funding appropriate research, and developing constitutionally appropriate restrictions on certain large-capacity magazines and firearms.

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AAFP News
2/19/2018

Frank Lazzerini, a physician from Jackson Township, Ohio, was charged with drug trafficking, involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a 272-count indictment on allegations that he operated a pill mill through his practice, Premiere Family Practice. Lazzerini was accused of improperly prescribing strong painkillers, which led to the deaths of two patients, according to prosecutors.

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2/19/2018

The Nevada Department of Health warned that a colony of nearly 800 feral rabbits at the Division of Child & Family Services' main campus in Las Vegas pose a health hazard, and people should avoid contact with the rabbits as well as grass and soil at the campus. The high concentration of rabbits could cause an outbreak of salmonellosis or tularemia, department officials said, and they warned against providing food and water to the animals.

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2/19/2018

There are several levels of questions to ask that can dig into root causes and help improve understanding and outcomes, Bruce Court writes. These include basic fact-finding questions, queries that seek to understand thought processes and queries that push back on what's known, such as, "What happens if nothing changes?"

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2/19/2018

A study in Diabetes Care showed that patients with takotsubo syndrome and diabetes had a higher mortality rate and a higher prevalence of hypertension and physical triggers than those without diabetes. German researchers used a cohort of 826 adults with takotsubo syndrome with and without diabetes, mean age of 72, and found that those with diabetes had more severely impaired left ventricular ejection fraction due to typical apical ballooning, a longer hospital stay and a higher pulmonary edema rate, compared with patients without diabetes.

2/19/2018

Researchers found that at least 500 people were affected in each of 215 data breaches reported by 185 nonfederal acute care hospitals from 2009 to 2016, and 30 hospitals experienced multiple breaches during the study period. The findings in the American Journal of Managed Care showed that while network servers were the most infrequent site of data breaches, the most patients were affected by these incidents overall.

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Health IT Security
2/19/2018

President Donald Trump said his administration would focus on mental health and school safety following a school shooting in Florida last week, but the White House budget proposal released earlier last week would slash funding in those areas. The administration's fiscal 2019 budget request would cut a school safety grant program by about $25 million next year, and spending on Medicaid, a major source of public funding for mental health care, would be cut by around $1.4 trillion over 10 years.

2/19/2018

Preschoolers who underwent cardiac surgery as babies were 20 times more likely to develop hearing loss compared with the general population, with confirmed genetic anomaly, gestational age younger than 37 weeks and longer postoperative length of stay being possible risk factors, according to a study in the Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers also found worse language skills, lower IQ test scores, and reduced executive function and attention among those with hearing loss.