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Pacemakers, defibrillators are potentially hackable

(Reuters Health) – Heart devices that use software or wireless communications may be vulnerable to hacker attacks that could cause life-threatening malfunctions, U.S. cardiologists say. Medical devices have been targets of hacking attacks for over a decade, physicians note in a paper published in the Journal of the American College …

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‘Bucket lists’ might help with end-of-life discussions

(Reuters Health) – Sharing your “bucket list” could be easier than discussing end-of-life medical preferences, and it might be just as useful to your physician, researchers suggest. If you, like many Americans, have a “bucket list,” your doctor would be well-served by learning its contents, according to Stanford University researchers, …

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Popular push for Austrian smoking ban gathers pace

VIENNA (Reuters) – More than 200,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants, campaign organisers said – using one of the new right-wing government’s signature policies to undermine another. As part of a coalition deal they struck in December, the far-right Freedom …

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U.S. to extend skimpy health insurance outside of Obamacare

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. government on Tuesday proposed extending the availability of skimpy health insurance plans to millions of Americans in another Trump administration move aimed at undercutting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a …

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Study finds new superbug typhoid strain behind Pakistan outbreak

LONDON (Reuters) – An outbreak of typhoid fever in Pakistan is being caused by an extensively drug resistant “superbug” strain, a sign that treatment options for the bacterial disease are running out, scientists said on Tuesday. Researchers from Britain’s Wellcome Sanger Institute who analyzed the genetics of the typhoid strain …

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More U.S. babies dying of suffocation, often in bed

(Reuters Health) – The number of babies dying of suffocation before their first birthday has been rising in recent years, driven at least in part by an increase in the number of parents sharing beds with their infants, a U.S. study suggests. From 1999 to 2015, the suffocation death rate …

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Serious knee injuries increasing in kids and teens

(Reuters Health) – Injuries to a critical ligament in the knee are becoming more common in children and teens, researchers warn. Injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) “are a significant public health issue” that put youngsters at risk for developing future health problems, said Dr. Louise Shaw of the …

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