Daily Brief: 2017.3.1

A new report, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that one in four drug overdoses in 2015 was related to heroin. This was triple the percentage reported on 2010. There was also a significant increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.27

A new report, released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has revealed that one in four drug overdoses in 2015 was related to heroin. This was triple the percentage reported on 2010. Furthermore, there was also a significant increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. In 2010, synthetic opioids were involved in just 8% of all overdose deaths, and by 2015, they were involved in 18% of all overdose deaths.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.24

A new report, released by Accenture, has revealed that twenty-six percent of consumers in the United States have had their personal medical information stolen from healthcare information systems. Of those who experienced a breach, 50 percent were victims of medical identity theft and had to pay an average of $2,500 in out-of-pocket costs per incident.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.22

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu cases in the United States are continuing to rise. The flu is geographically widespread now in 46 states and Puerto Rico. Most notably, the CDC reported nine additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The total number of pediatric deaths, as a result of the flu, now sits at 29 for the season.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.20

Louisville Metro Emergency Services reportedly responded to 52 calls related to overdoses over a 32-hour span. In the previous week, only 25 overdose related-calls were received in the same 32-hour time frame. The majority of the 52 calls were believed to be heroin overdoses, however, paramedics also dealt with overdoses of alcohol, prescription medications and other controlled substances.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.17

A new report released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has revealed 126 new suspected, confirmed, and imported cases of chikungunya. The total number of chikungunya cases for 2017 is now said to be 708.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.15

Passengers were reportedly evacuated from Logan Airport in Boston, due to a carbon monoxide leak late Sunday afternoon. The Massachusetts State Police reports the leaking carbon monoxide apparently came from a snow melting machine. Logan Airport has since reported that the terminal was vented and has returned to normal operations.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.13

Between January 1 to December 31, 2016, a total of 132 people across 37 states were confirmed to have Acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed only 21 cases of the rare illness across 16 states. Finally, From August to December 2014, 120 people were confirmed to have AFM. The 2014 cases occurred in 34 states across the U.S.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.10

Several new studies have provided further insight into the risk and spread of the Zika virus. A case study, published in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases, found that transmission by breast milk is still questionable, and it might be less efficient than human-to-human transmission by other body fluids.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.8

According to reports, between October 2015 and January 2017, an unauthorized third party accessed Verity Medical Foundation-San Jose Medical Group website, exposing the data of 10,164 patients. The breached patient data, which is dated between 2010 and 2014, included names, dates of birth, medical record numbers, addresses, emails, phone numbers and the last four digits of credit card numbers. It must be noted that website is no longer in use.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.6

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu cases in the United States are continuing to rise. Most notably, the CDC reported seven additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The total number of pediatric deaths, as a result of the flu, now sits at 15 for the season.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.3

According to multiple reports, an Ohio coroner's office is experiencing such a high rate of opioid overdose related deaths that it is running out of room to store bodies. The Montgomery County Coroner's office, which encompasses cities like Dayton, already processed 145 overdose-related deaths in 2017. The accidental overdoses reported are thought to be from heroin and fentanyl use.

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Daily Brief: 2017.2.1

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu cases in the United States are continuing to rise. Most notably, the CDC reported three additional flu-associated pediatric deaths for the 2016-2017 season. The total number of pediatric deaths, as a result of the flu, now sits at 8 for the season. 

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Daily Brief: 2017.1.30

According to reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that its laboratory analysis found inconsistent amounts of the toxic substance, belladonna, in certain homeopathic teething tablets. In some instances, it was documented that the amounts of belladonna far exceeded the amount claimed on the label.

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Daily Brief: 2017.1.27

According to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, sepsis accounted for more 30-day readmissions and is costlier than heart attacks, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia. These findings highlight the need for coordinated efforts to develop new medical interventions to improve sepsis outcomes and reduce readmissions.

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Daily Brief: 2017.1.25

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 34 new cases of the Zika virus were documented in the United States last week. In US territories, 112 cases were documented. The majority of those cases were reported in Puerto Rico, where some experts suggest close to 20% of the population has been exposed to Zika.

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Daily Brief: 2017.1.23

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu cases in the United States are continuing to rise. Most notably, the most recent report released by the CDC highlighted the death of two pediatric patients. The total number of pediatric deaths, as a result of the flu, now sits at five over the last 2 weeks. 

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Daily Brief: 2017.1.20

A new report released by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has revealed 4,008 new suspected, confirmed, and imported cases in the first two weeks of 2017. The total number of chikungunya cases for 2016-2017 is now said to be 502,298.

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Daily Brief: 2017.1.18

According to Public health officials from Nevada, a woman who died in September from septic shock was reportedly infected with a superbug that is believed to be resistant to every antibiotic available in the US. The bacterium, New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM), is a type of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

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Daily Brief: 2017.1.16

According to the FBI, ransomware payments were said to have reached a billion dollars across all industries in 2016. That compares to just $24 million paid in 2015. Hospitals across several states, including Texas, California and Indiana were impacted by ransomware attacks in 2016.

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