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Health Care Week in Review: Premature Births, Opioid Crisis, Salmonella Outbreak, Ransomware 2.0

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  A recent observational study in Obstetrics & Gynecology suggested that women who suffer from sleep problems have a higher risk of giving birth prematurely than women without sleep disorders. Women with insomnia had a 30 percent increased risk and those with sleep apnea had a 40 percent increased risk of preterm birth.  Read More

•  The president declared Thursday that the opioid crisis is indeed a national emergency. States and federal agencies will be provided with more resources and power to combat the epidemic, according the President.  Read More

•  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Maradol papayas imported from Mexico should be avoided by U.S. consumers. Salmonella has been linked to the papayas and has sickened over 100 people nationwide. Symptoms typically appear 12-72 hours after exposure and can include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps.  Read More

•  Are health care organizations prepared for the inevitable Ransomware 2.0 attacks? The next wave of attacks will likely target medical devices and Internet of Things, which historically lack sufficient protections against malware. Compliance experts recommend a tight coupling of information technology, information security, and biomedical personnel to ensure medical devices are part of any incident response plan.  Read More

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news. Brought to you by pMD, innovators in charge capture software.
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