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4/18/2018

Cybersecurity insurance company Beazley analyzed data breach incidents within the health care sector during the first quarter of this year and found that hacking or malware and accidental disclosure each accounted for 29% of the total incidents, followed by insider causes at 15%. The report also showed 6% of the incidents were attributed to physical loss and 5% to portable devices.

4/18/2018

The US Preventive Services Task Force updated guidance issued in 2012 to recommend against use of vitamin D supplements by community-dwelling adults over age 65 to prevent falls. The report in the Journal of the American Medical Association said while there is insufficient evidence to support the use of vitamin D supplements, evidence clearly supports exercise to reduce the risk of falls.

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4/18/2018

Individuals who were identified as definite evening types -- or night owls -- were at a 10% increased risk of all-cause mortality compared with those who were definite morning types, but the association was only significant among those ages 63 to 73, according to a study in Chronobiology International. UK researchers looked at a cohort of 433,268 participants ages 38 to 73 from the UK Biobank, and found no increased mortality risk among moderate morning or moderate evening chronotypes.

4/18/2018

The Rottweiler is more likely than other breeds to develop osteoarthritis, and the condition is more likely in males and in dogs that are heavier than average for their breed, according to Royal Veterinary College analysis of records from 1,000 veterinary practices in the UK. The average age at diagnosis was 10.5 years, and long-term pain medication is recommended in 75% cases, the researchers found.

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4/18/2018

Physician Organization of Michigan is the nation's largest accountable care organization with 303 hospitals, medical groups, nursing homes and other health care facilities. Advocate Physician Partners Accountable Care in Illinois is next with 264 facilities, followed by Healthcare Provider in New York with 199 facilities, according to IQVIA.

4/18/2018

Bundled payment models that include the costs of physician-administered drugs for advanced cancer care could be detrimental to patients with complex conditions, according to a study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice. Oncology practices' drug costs vary widely depending on the mix of patients they treat, and payment bundles could be financially burdensome or reward practices based on patient mix instead of treatment protocols.

4/18/2018

Mammals' instinct to feed, shelter, protect and nurture their offspring is wired into the brain, and scientists using genetic and optical techniques mapped the neural network underlying the behavior in mice. The related brain circuitry described in Nature resembles a hub and spokes and is driven by neurons that express the signaling molecule galanin to form a sort of parenting command center in the hypothalamus, researchers found.

4/18/2018

Senate Republicans, with support from President Donald Trump, are preparing to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal 2013 rules from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to discourage discrimination by auto lenders. Using the act on years-old rules, rather than recently adopted ones, raises concern decades of regulation might be at stake.

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4/18/2018

A telemedicine robot enabled Miramont Family Medicine in Fort Collins, Colo., to improve efficiency, job satisfaction and productivity, said Miramont CEO Dr. John Bender, and it enables physicians to more easily see patients at multiple offices. The robot can be controlled using a computer or a smartphone app.

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4/18/2018

A study in JAMA Pediatrics found use of the UTICalc calculator resulted in an 8.1% decline in urinary tract infection testing among febrile infants compared with an American Academy of Pediatrics algorithm. Researchers also found that the method would result in reductions in treatment delays.