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Medical device industry 'not doing enough on cybersecurity' | Fierce Biotech
Two thirds of medical device manufacturers surveyed by the Ponemon Institute and Synopsis said a cyberattack on their medical devices is "likely" or "very likely." Less than a fifth of device makers are actively working to solve the problem, according to the survey.
Safety, quality and clinical practice
Dr. Andrew Bindman looks back at his time as director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and suggest a way forward for putting evidence-based practices into use.
Lack of access to health data said to limit potential of machine learning | Health Data Management
A dearth of health data is hindering the ability for researchers to conducting machine-learning training. Data are often trapped, which is holding back machine learning, according to those who attended a machine-learning conference in Boston this week.
The slowdown of drug approvals in 2016 may have been an anomaly rather than a new trend. This year, the FDA has approved 21 new prescription medicines, just one less than the total number approved in all of last year.
FDA chief proposes rule changes to fight high drug prices | The Wall Street Journal
The FDA head wants to get cheaper generic medicines into the marketplace faster in order to curtail high drug prices.
In a move towards a fee-for-value model, UnitedHealth Group's Optum has partnered with Merck to come up with a method for reimbursing drugmakers based not on cost but on efficacy of the drugs.
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The brain detects disease in others even before it breaks out | Science Daily
Humans can detect disease in others through sight and smell. Healthy people tend to prefer socializing with other healthy people and weed out disease in others through sight and smell, according to a new study.
Researchers may have been overstating the benefits of moderate alcohol consumption and the risks of abstention, as people who practice both habits are affected by other factors, like smoking.
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