Month: September 2020

Two Telus Health medical service providers pay ransom after 60K client files accessed

TORONTO — The Medisys Health Group and its affiliate Copeman Healthcare say they paid an unspecified ransom to retrieve personal information for about 60,000 clients after detecting a security breach on Aug. 31.

An email from Medisys head office in Montreal says privacy officials were notified Sept. 4, four days after the breach was discovered, and began notifying customers last week.

They say hackers got demographic information, such as ages and addresses, and some personal health numbers but no financial information or Social Insurance Numbers..

In some cases, test results, consultation reports and prescription information was obtained but recovered after a ransom was paid.

Medisys and Copeman’s websites — which note they belong to Telus — say their security consultants paid the ransom and confirmed the hackers didn’t tamper with the data.

However, cybersecurity experts say there’s a black market for personal information that can be bought, sold and traded

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Marshall campaign doesn’t offer health benefits to staff

The bulk of Kansas Republican Rep. Roger Marshall’s Senate campaign team have health insurance because of the law their boss and other Republicans have repeatedly sought to repeal.

Marshall’s campaign staff are independent contractors rather than employees. It means that the campaign does not have to pay thousands in payroll taxes on their salaries or provide them health benefits.

But because most of them are 26 or younger, they can stay on their parents’ health insurance plans under a provision in the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Eric Pahls, Marshall’s campaign manager, said despite not offering health benefits the campaign works “with each team member to make sure they have what they need for health care, housing and transportation. We’re proud of our team, and glad to compensate them for their hard work.”

For the most part, the members of Marshall’s campaign team have simply remained on

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Poor Mental Health For Executives Isn’t Just A Work-Life Balance Issue

Part of Kathy Caprino’s series “Supporting Today’s Workforce”

 As we’ve read in so many headlines in the past several months, the mental health of professionals and executives has taken a strong hit since the pandemic began. In one recent study by health insurer Bupa Global, for instance, nearly eight out of 10 corporate executives have experienced poor mental health during the coronavirus crisis, prompting a number of them to re-evaluate and improve work-life balance.

But is work-life imbalance alone that the culprit? In my career, executive and leadership coaching work, I am seeing so many professionals who are struggling emotionally, physically and mentally in new ways that they are unsure how to address. While some of these challenges are indeed related to work-life balance difficulties, much of what is being experienced emotionally is about more than “balance.” It’s about fear,

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If You Play Sports, Don’t Worry About Coronavirus On Your Equipment

Coronavirus has made us all more aware of the potentially contaminated surfaces on objects we once didn’t worry about touching and sharing. That includes the balls used in sports for exercise and entertainment.

Because a sports ball is usually passed from one player to the next, it could potentially act as a vector that spreads the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. A ball’s surface can become contaminated by virus particles in respiratory droplets expelled by infected people who show no symptoms (asymptomatic carriers) via breathing or sweating during physical activity, for instance.

Science has some good news about sports balls: they seem to be relatively easy to disinfect, according to a study from a mainly-British multidisciplinary group led by cancer researcher Justin Stebbing at Imperial College London and fund manager Peter Davies, non-executive chairman of Oxford Sciences Innovation.

The new study involved testing sports balls

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What are the challenges facing academic medicine today? 3 executives weigh in

Academic medical centers’ three-pronged mission — patient care, research and education — is both what sets them apart as premier healthcare institutions and situates them to incur unique pressures, compared with hospitals that are not affiliated with teaching institutions.

The challenges facing academic medical centers was one of the topics discussed during a session at the Becker’s Healthcare Academic Medical Centers Virtual Forum on Sept. 25. The panel included: 

  • David Lubarsky, MD, vice chancellor of human health sciences and CEO of Sacramento, Calif.-based UC Davis Health 
  • Michael Apkon, MD, PhD, president and CEO of Boston-based Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children 
  • Maia Hightower, MD, chief medical information officer at Salt Lake City-based University of Utah Health 

Here’s an excerpt from the conversation, edited for clarity. To view the full session on-demand, click here. 

Question: What are a few of the challenges facing academic medicine today?

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Kelsey Wells’s 20-Minute Equipment-Free Full-Body Workout

As you wait for the gym equipment you ordered to get delivered, we’ve got you covered with an efficient total-body HIIT workout that will challenge your strength and endurance. NASM-certified trainer Kelsey Wells of SWEAT app is also the creator of the PWR programs, and this workout is inspired by the new 10-week PWR Zero Equipment program. We’re loving it because every workout takes under 30 minutes to complete.

“My new PWR Zero Equipment program allows you to evenly train your muscle groups without having to use weights through the blend of HIIT cardio and compound strength-based exercises,” Wells told POPSUGAR. No matter your fitness level, anyone can do these workouts because they can be modified or progressed to meet your needs. For example, if you’re a beginner, you can perform the exercises slower or do fewer reps, and if you’re more conditioned, you can perform more reps or do

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Award supports study of collagen regulation in breast cancer health disparities


IMAGE: Examples of collagen spatial distribution in triple negative breast cancer found by using imaging mass spectrometry.
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Credit: Medical University of South Carolina

An MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researcher received a $3 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to study how patterns of collagens can serve as biomarkers of breast cancer risk and potentially reveal clues to what might be driving health disparities.

Peggi Angel, Ph.D., is applying innovative proteomic profiling techniques to decipher the biological foundations of lethal breast cancers that impact African American women more than any other race or ethnicity. Alarmingly, African American women are more than twice as likely as white women of European descent to be diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer characterized by triple negative tumor subtypes that are more likely to metastasize, seeding tumor growth in other areas of their bodies and complicating the treatments they receive.


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Hydroxychloroquine didn’t protect health care workers from coronavirus, study shows

Another study is warning against President Trump’s debunked coronavirus treatment.

Despite being studied as an early coronavirus treatment, studies have found the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine ineffective and even dangerous when used to fight coronavirus. A study published Wednesday added to that evidence, finding that the drug was ineffective in preventing health care workers from contracting coronavirus.

For the study published in JAMA internal medicine, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania focused on 125 health care workers. Some of them received hydroxychloroquine for eight weeks from April to July, while others got a placebo. Throughout that time, four of the 64 workers who got the drug ended up with COVID-19, while four of the 61 who got the placebo did as well. Six of those who tested positive developed coronavirus symptoms, but none needed to be hospitalized. As a result, the researchers said they “cannot recommend the routine use of hydroxychloroquine”

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Aliso Canyon Health Study Seeks Community Feedback

PORTER RANCH, CA — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is seeking public feedback on health concerns related to the Aliso Canyon Gas Leak. The suggestions and testimony will inform a $25 million Aliso Canyon Health Research study on the effects of the 2015 disaster, and participants can have their questions answered by Public Health leadership and the team conducting the study.

The Virtual Town Hall will take place Wednesday night at 6 p.m. and can be joined through either Webex or by phone. Visit here for more information on how to call in. Questions can be submitted in advance to [email protected]

The Aliso Canyon well blowout on Oct. 23, 2015 was the largest uncontrolled release from a natural gas storage facility in U.S. history. An estimated 109,000 metric tonnes of methane and 7,300 tonnes of ethane were released into the air due a leak in a well

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It’s time to add video games to your workout routine

Even with gyms reopening at limited capacity, it’s still safer to exercise at home or outdoors. So, we’re dubbing this September Muscle Month to help you keep up your fitness, power, and health in socially distant times.

a bird flying in the air with a mountain in the background: Do not try this at home.

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Do not try this at home.

Caught clumsily sneaking into the Temple of Athena in Sparta, the protagonist of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey dodges a devastating strike from a well-muscled soldier, parries a blow from a courageous civilian armed only with a broom, effortlessly scales the building, and makes a daring 135-foot dive into a shallow pond to escape.

a bird flying in the air with a mountain in the background: Do not try this at home.

© John Kennedy
Do not try this at home.

No matter how much you train, you’re never going to be able to do all of that. The final plunge would kill you, if you even made it that far. But that doesn’t mean you can’t channel the time and energy

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