A Trend Micro report shows the health care sector is one of the biggest targets of a ransomware campaign that combines the Locky ransomware and the malware variant FakeGlobe to double the payload, affecting users in more than 70 countries, with 7% in the US. The campaign allows hackers to infect victims by sending emails that contain a malicious .zip file and luring victims with fake invoices and a FakeGlobe support page that helps users pay the ransom.
A study in the International Journal of Obesity found obese men who took two-week breaks from their diet lost more weight than those who followed the diet continuously. Researchers said continuous calorie restriction may reduce resting metabolism to a point where it makes it more difficult to lose weight.
One of the most difficult tasks veterinarians must perform is telling people when their pets have a serious disease, especially when the owner has recently experienced the loss of a loved one, says veterinarian Sean Owens, a professor of clinical pathology at the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Research published in the Veterinary Record found pet owners caring for a sick animal have elevated stress levels, general symptoms of depression and anxiety, and poor quality of life similar to people caring for sick human loved ones.
Animals that are very large or very small -- that is, outside the Goldilocks zone -- have the highest risk of extinction, according to research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Hunting by humans is the primary threat to the largest animals, and habitat loss or modification is the main threat to the smallest animals, the researchers say.
A recent study showed that Medicare's bundled reimbursement model reduced the cost of knee replacements by around $1,200 per patient without sacrificing quality, but the number of procedures performed increased at hospital systems that enrolled in the bundled payment program, compared with hospitals not in the program. "In trying to reduce the cost of health care, we should work on increasing the efficiency of specific services," writes Peter Ubel. "But if we don't also pay attention to the volume of services, we may be creating unintended consequences."
PBS stations are airing a 10-part documentary about the Vietnam War, and mental health experts are warning that the series could trigger post-traumatic stress disorder in Vietnam veterans who watch it. The VA is partnering with PBS to reach veterans who might need assistance after seeing the documentary.
US military surgeons performed more than 9,400 surgical procedures between January 2002 and March 2013 on 5,786 Afghan civilians ages 15 and older, including some 3,300 surgeries considered essential procedures for developing countries by the World Health Organization, researchers reported in JAMA Surgery. "These findings ... demonstrate the willingness of military surgical units to commit their time, energy and resources to helping patients in need, regardless of circumstance," said Air Force Col. Peter Learn, a department head at Uniformed Services University and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
Some animal-rights groups lobby to end research that could extend the healthy life spans of dogs, cats and livestock; help birds recover from disasters; and protect great apes, elephants and other endangered species, writes Foundation for Biomedical Research President Matthew R. Bailey. "Discouraging studies condemns animals to unnecessary suffering and death from preventable illnesses," Bailey writes. "Real animal lovers should be proud to support animal research."
Researchers used a cohort of 326,832 participants and found that women with diabetes and atrial fibrillation had higher rates for mortality and cardiovascular events, such as ischemic stroke and myocardial infarction, compared with men with both diseases. The findings, presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting, revealed that the standardized mortality ratio was 2.04 among women with diabetes and AFib and 1.85 for men with both conditions.
Minimally invasive endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty resulted in fewer complications and shorter hospital stays compared with laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, according to a study presented at the 2017 Digestive Disease Week. However, the findings showed that patients who underwent LSG had greater total weight loss than those who underwent ESG or LAGB.
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