A data breach affecting 1,100 people in New York was reported by White Plains Hospital after officials there learned that a former employee of Medical Management, the provider's coding and billing vendor, allegedly accessed, copied and gave away the data from February 2013 to March 2015. Compromised information includes patient names, Social Security numbers and birth dates. Identity theft protection services will be provided to the emergency room patients affected by the incident.
A New York woman died after getting liposuction and abdominoplasty in the Dominican Republic, and the doctor involved was previously fined by the state for unauthorized practice of medicine. The doctor, Hector Cabral, is accused of recruiting women in New York beauty salons for cosmetic surgeries in the Dominican Republic. The woman's family is suing Cabral.
A New York woman died of acute lidocaine intoxication shortly after receiving buttocks injections from an unlicensed practitioner in an apartment. An arrest warrant for reckless endangerment has been issued for the woman who allegedly performed the procedure.
Two puppies born without forelegs are getting a head start in life, thanks to veterinarian Erin Shults. At 6 months old, the puppies have developed their own unique style of getting around, and they are thriving. Dr. Shults takes the puppies to visit homeless children and "teach the kids it's OK to be different," she said.
A survey by Workplace Options found 73% of employees said they would be more likely to lose weight or quit smoking if their company gave them incentives to do so. Still, companies are wary of upfront costs, do not realize the return-on-investment or have trouble implementing plans. The Partnership for Prevention started the "Leading by Example" program, in which corporate CEOs help each other begin wellness initiatives.