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What Ails Online Pharmacies

- Online pharmacies are a multimillion dollar business, but it’s a consumer-beware world in which much of what is sold is not what it purports to be. Governments and the private sector are trying to address the problem.

House Passes Bill to Continue Countermeasures Funding

- The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would continue funding government development of nuclear, chemical, and biological countermeasures.

Canadian Sentenced to Four Years for Illegal Pharmacy Web Site

- In 2001, the FDA warned Andrew Strempler that selling drugs from his online pharmacy would be illegal in the United States. He did it anyway ...

Idaho Non-Profit Agrees to Pay $50,000 for HIPAA Violation

- The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights has a message to the healthcare industry: You will be held accountable for breaches of patient information.

Medical Marijuana

- An employee who was fired for using medical marijuana may not sue his employer, according to a federal appeals court. The court ruled that the state law in Michigan, which allows the use of medical marijuana, does not protect the employee from disciplinary action.

First Anthrax Anti-Toxin Approved for Emergency Use

- A first-of-its-kind countermeasure has been approved by the FDA to treat the most lethal form of anthrax.

Pandemic

- The Texas Pandemic Flu Toolkit provides a variety of resources for emergency planners. The software offerings can help officials track a pandemic and allocate resources.

New Technology Makes Foodborne Illnesses Harder to Source

- Technology advancements to help detect foodborne illnesses faster are making it harder to pinpoint the original source of contamination.

Hospitals Urged to Maintain Cybersecurity After Sandy

- Healthcare intelligence officials are telling hospitals not to bypass cybersecurity protocols in a rush to get systems back online after Hurricane Sandy.

Physicians Urged to Use 'See Something, Say Something’ Approach to Disease Surveillance

- The Virginia Department of Health sent a letter to clinicians last week urging them to report suspected communicable diseases before getting laboratory confirmation.

Healthcare Security

- See an example of the Violent Incident Report devised by the security department at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. Security asks employees to fill out the report each time they encounter aggressive behavior in the hospital.

Managing

- How one hospital developed an aggression-management training program for nonsecurity staff that includes ways to help staff spot early signs of trouble and accurately document incidents.

Using Twitter to Track Disease Outbreaks

- By the time public health alerts are issued and the media picks up the story, people have already been talking about an illness for weeks on social media. A new Web application, MappyHealth, uses Twitter to monitor and produce automatic reports on what people are talking about most. It's latest tool in the disease surveillance arsenal.
 




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