An analysis by ProPublica and Bayerischer Rundfunk identified 187 servers in the US that stored medical data and were not protected by password or other standard security measures, leaving medical images and health data exposed to anyone with basic computer expertise. Though the analysis did not find evidence that exposed records had been misused, US law requires that patient data be securely stored.
American Medical Association President Patrice Harris and former President David Barbe, who spoke at AHIMA's annual meeting, said administrative barriers to medication-assisted addiction treatment and rehabilitation should be removed, and civil and criminal justice reforms that improve access to high-quality, evidence-based care should be supported. Health care organizations and providers must "maintain high-quality clinical documentation to guarantee the data on this topic is accurate to continue to properly guide research and education regarding opioid addiction," said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris.
Health insurance providers are expanding their offerings, and they are committed to ensuring access to affordable coverage, AHIP said in response to a report from the American Medical Association on competition in commercial health insurance markets. AHIP highlighted a recent study from the Health Care Cost Institute that found almost three-quarters of US hospital markets are highly concentrated, arguing "large, consolidated hospital systems have stronger market power to drive up prices, giving them the ability to negotiate prices that are significantly higher than what Medicare pays for the same exact services."
The American Academy of Pediatrics and four other health organizations issued guidance recommending breast milk or infant formula for babies up to 6 months old; breast milk or infant formula plus some water among those ages 6 months to 12 months that are eating solid food; whole milk and water for children ages 12 months to 2 years; and low-fat or skim milk and water among those ages 2 years to 5 years. Children younger than 12 months shouldn't drink 100% fruit juice, while those ages 12 months to 5 years should not consume more than 4 ounces of juice daily, according to the recommendations.
More than half the deer ticks collected in Suffolk County, N.Y., carried the pathogen that causes Lyme disease, many carried Babesia microti or Anaplasma phagocytophilum, and nearly 25% carried more than one infectious agent, researchers reported in mBio. Polymicrobial infections can complicate diagnosis and exacerbate disease, and clinicians should consider the possibility of more than one infectious organism when evaluating tick-borne infections, researchers said.
Many animals housed in zoos are willing to submit to exams and vaccinations because they know they'll be rewarded with a favorite treat, but some animals are less cooperative, and zoo veterinarians often need to use a long-barreled pistol powered with a CO2 cartridge to deliver a vaccine dart. Many of the vaccines used in zoos were developed for pets or livestock, as zoo animals are vulnerable to many of the same diseases, including distemper, equine encephalitis, West Nile virus and rabies.
Improve your leadership skills by frequently saying 10 phrases such as, "What's possible?", "How can I help?" and "I don't know," writes Dan McCarthy. These phrases help show that you desire to understand, care what others think and seek to praise others, he writes.
Researchers used a cohort of 4,460 Chinese adults with and without diabetes, ages 35 to 75, and found that those whose plasma strontium levels were at least 47.76 µg/L had a 55% reduced likelihood of having type 2 diabetes than those with less than 34.99 µg/L. Published in Clinical Nutrition, findings revealed that having at least 47.76 µg/L of strontium was tied to a 45% lower risk for impaired glucose regulation, compared with strontium levels of less than 34.99 µg/L.
Heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction, with or without diabetes, who took 10 mg of dapagliflozin for 12 weeks experienced clinically significant improvements in N-terminal pro-B type natriuretic peptide or HF-related health status, compared with those on placebo, according to findings published in Circulation and presented at the Heart Failure Society of America Scientific Meeting. Researchers evaluated 263 patients and found that mean NT-proBNP at six weeks and 12 weeks was 1,133 pg/nL and 1,191 pg/nL in the dapagliflozin and placebo groups, respectively.
Patients with type 2 diabetes who drank about 20g of alcohol daily had lower insulin and improved insulin resistance levels, but not lower blood glucose levels, according to a study presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes meeting. Researchers examined 10 previous randomized controlled trials involving 575 patients and found that those who consumed light to moderate amounts of alcohol also had a nearly 9 mg/dL drop in average triglyceride levels.
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