Tag Archives: threat

COVID-19 is spreading rapidly abroad while immediate threat to Americans remains low, says Alex Azar

HHS Secretary Alex Azar holds a press conference on COVID-19 with other health officials, including CDC Deputy Director Dr. Anne Schuchat. As the coronavirus spreads abroad, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar on Tuesday gave assurances that the immediate threat in the U.S. remains low, as other government health officials sent mixed messages about… Read More »

How runaway healthcare costs are a threat to older adults — and what to do about it

Empowering Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices, accelerating the adoption of value-based care, using philanthropy as a catalyst for reform and expanding senior-specific models of care are among recommendations for reducing healthcare costs published in a new special report and supplement to the Winter 2019-20 edition of Generations, the journal of the American Society of… Read More »

Breakthrough or a threat?: Research on genetics of same-sex behaviour ignites ethical debate

By Hannah Thomasy Are sexual preferences genetic? According to a recent paper in Science, the answer is at least partially yes. By screening close to 500,000 DNA samples, researchers identified five locations in the genome that were significantly associated with same-sex sexual behaviour. “This work supports the notion that there is a biological component to… Read More »

Medical devices pose cybersecurity and patient threat

Connectivity has opened the door to cybersecurity attacks beyond the computer. Security breaches can happen anywhere there is a connected electronic device. CAT scans, MRI machines, anything plugged in such as pacemakers and insulin pumps, create security vulnerabilities that can be overlooked in standard hospital cybersecurity procedures. “In surgery room, everything is  a computer,” said… Read More »

Medical News Today: This herbal supplement ‘poses a public health threat’

Kratom, which is a plant-derived supplement, is growing in popularity. A new report provides further evidence of its adverse effects and calls for more research. Kratom’s rise in popularity is concerning. Kratom is an extract from the tropical tree Mitragyna speciosa, a relative of the coffee plant. Historically, manual laborers in Southeast Asia have used… Read More »

Climate change could pose ‘existential threat’ by 2050, report says …

Those are all probable scenarios that could devastate societies by 2050 if swift and dramatic action isn’t taken to curb climate change, according to a think tank report backed by a former Australian military chief. The paper, by the Melbourne-based Breakthrough National Center for Climate Restoration, is not a scientific study, but an attempt to… Read More »

Anti-vaxxer disinformation poses threat to the life-saving power of vaccinations

Is there any impulse more fierce than a mother’s or father’s to protect their child from harm? And is there any political act more cynical than weaponising that parental bond to spread fear, chaos and mistrust among enemies? Yet in the increasingly toxic debate over whether children should be vaccinated against infectious diseases, little lives… Read More »