NTT Security's 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report showed that 77% of worldwide ransomware attacks can be attributed to four industries, with the health care and retail sectors each accounting for 15% of attacks, 28% occurring in the business and professional services sector and 19% in the government sector. Phishing was the method hackers most commonly used to distribute ransomware, with the US accounting for 41% of the attacks.
An artificial womb developed at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia allowed premature lambs to survive and mature normally outside the mother's womb for about a month, according to a report in Nature Communications. The device, which may allow very premature babies to survive, is made up of a clear plastic bag filled with synthetic amniotic fluid and is attached to an external machine that provides nutrition and oxygen and removes carbon dioxide.
Scientists analyzed the genomes of 1,346 dogs representing 161 breeds, compared 150,000 spots on each genome, and developed a graph that shows the breeds' relative connections. Nearly all the breeds could be categorized into one of 23 clades, and the findings, published in Cell Reports, could help veterinarians better understand the role of genetics in shared conditions.
Survey vendor applications for the Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems for Merit-based Incentive Payment System will be accepted by the CMS through the end of this month. Approved vendors will be required to participate in a training session and pass an additional evaluation to be approved by the CMS as a CAHPS for MIPS survey vendor.
HHS' planned Health Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center will provide consumers and health care organizations with information about the risks associated with mobile apps and data. HHS CISO Chris Wlaschin said the center is expected to become operational in late June.
An EHR acquisition request for information about cloud-based and on-premise EHR systems has been published by the Coast Guard after it terminated its contract with Epic last year. The Coast Guard will accept responses until May 26.
Sixty-nine percent of providers using EHR-based sepsis detection reported improved outcomes, including reduced mortality and lower treatment costs and readmissions, according to a KLAS report. Epic's and Cerner's systems were cited as the most commonly used sepsis solutions in interviews with 102 providers.
Bacteriophages derived from avian and canine feces reduced bacterial levels and improved the health of mice infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. "What is remarkable is that these 'drugs' were discovered, isolated, identified, and tested in a matter of weeks, and for less money than most of us probably spend in a month on groceries," said senior investigator Anthony Maresso.
An immune-suppressing vaccine derived from induced pluripotent stem cells inhibited the immune response in donor heart grafts, preventing rejection when the grafts were transplanted to mice, according to a study published in Stem Cell Reports. The technique needs further study and could be limited by the requirement to use donor-derived cells to induce immune tolerance, said Dan Kaufman, director of cell therapy at the University of California at San Diego.
Aging mice treated with the protein TIMP2 extracted from human umbilical blood plasma exhibited improved cognitive function, according to a study in the journal Nature.
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