Information technologyPrivacy enforcers to weigh in on ransomware | Bloomberg BNA
Expected guidance from federal privacy enforcers on ransomware could soon bring to light how many hospitals have been hit by the malicious software. Deven McGraw, deputy director for health information privacy at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, said recently her agency is developing guidance outlining how health-care organizations should prepare for and respond to ransomware attacks.
PharmaceuticalsValeant slumps as new CEO faulted by successor at Perrigo | Bloomberg
Shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. fell 5.4 percent after the past performance of its new chief executive officer, Joseph Papa, was criticized by the CEO who succeeded him at his previous company.
FDA: Avoid Cipro, similar drugs for common infections | Med Page Today
Fluoroquinolone antibiotics, a class that includes ciprofloxacin (Cipro), should not be used to treat sinusitis, bronchitis and urinary tract infections for which other drug types are effective, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Thursday. Systemic use of fluoroquinolones can lead to serious side effects involving tendons, muscles, joints and nerves, the FDA said.
PhysiciansHarvard Medical School eases rule on faculty ties to industry | Stat
Harvard Medical School is relaxing a conflict-of-interest policy that prohibits some researchers from conducting clinical trials on new treatments when they have a financial stake in the company developing them.
Safety, quality and clinical practiceUC Berkeley-UCSF community medical program at risk of closure | San Francisco Chronicle
A unique program at UC Berkeley created to give future doctors a social conscience before they're sent to UCSF to finish their medical training is being targeted for closure as the university grapples with a severe budget deficit.
With $121 million in federal dollars and $400 million in private funds, the National Microbiome Initiative will bring together researchers from a variety of disciplines as part of an effort to fight disease, grow more food and even reduce the greenhouse gases fueling climate change.