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    Clear tactics, but few easy solutions, for hospitals combating ransomware

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Especially cruel hackers know that lives are on the line when they hold a hospital’s computer systems hostage, as they did in the May 12 attack dubbed WannaCry, which locked down many overseas hospitals with the demand for a ransom. In a new article in… [...]

    ACP does not support legalization of assisted suicide

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories (HealthDay)—The American College of Physicians (ACP) does not support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, a practice that raises ethical, clinical, and other concerns, according to a position paper published online Sept. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. [...]

    Deaths, cardiac arrest not rare in triathlon participants

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories (HealthDay)—The incidence of deaths or cardiac arrest is 1.74 per 100,000 USA Triathlon participants, according to a study published online Sept. 19 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. [...]

    People with HIV who smoke are more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV itself

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories People living with HIV who adhere to antiretroviral therapy but smoke cigarettes are around 10 times more likely to die from lung cancer than from HIV itself, according to a study led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The report, … [...]

    Too many older diabetes patients are being overtreated

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Up to 11 percent of older Americans insured through Medicare are receiving too much medication to control their diabetes, and around 7 percent are being undertreated. This is according to a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine which is pub… [...]

    2017 standards of medical care in diabetes released

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories (HealthDay)—Recommendations for the management and pharmacologic treatment of patients with diabetes have been updated; the new clinical guidelines were published online Sept. 12 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. [...]

    Bulk of opioid use in the U.S. concentrated among 10 percent of patients

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories A small proportion (10 percent) of opioid users account for the vast majority of opioid use in the United States. These findings suggest that efforts to reduce prescription opioid abuse should focus on the top users, rather than taking a population-bas… [...]

    Study estimates R&D spending on bringing new cancer drug to market

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories Research and development costs are a common justification for high cancer drug prices and a new study published by JAMA Internal Medicine offers an updated estimate of the spending needed to bring a drug to the U.S. market. [...]

    Can E-cigarettes help COPD patients quit smoking and reduce harm to lungs?

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories E-cigarette use has become increasingly common over the past several years, and some smokers have even employed the flavored vapor in the hopes that it might help them quit, or at least mitigate the negative health consequences of a nicotine habit. For… [...]

    Traditional flu tests not as accurate as newer tests

    Original @ Medical Xpress – latest medical and health news stories (HealthDay)—Digital immunoassays (DIAs) and rapid nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs) have higher sensitivities for detecting influenza than rapid influenza diagnostic tests (RIDTs), according to a review published online Sept. 4 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. [...]