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Southport: Come for a round of golf, stay for the flesh-eating STIs

The first British case of a rare flesh-eating sexually transmitted infection has been diagnosed in Southport – England's golf capital and home of The Register's financial and HR office. The Lancashire Evening Post reports that a woman between the age of 15 and 25 was found in the Merseyside town to be suffering from …
Shaun Nichols, 24 Aug 2018
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Hey, you know what a popular medical record system doesn't need? 23 security vulnerabilities

Fresh light has been shed on a batch of security vulnerabilities discovered in the widely used OpenEMR medical records storage system. A team of researchers at Project Insecurity discovered and reported the flaws, which were patched last month by the OpenEMR developers in version 5.0.1.4. With the fixes now having been out for …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Aug 2018
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Doctor, doctor! My NHS Patient Access app has gone TITSUP*

The latest version of the UK National Health Service's Patient Access app and website, used to book appointments and to order repeat prescriptions, has been down for many users over the past 24 hours. Multiple users have reported to El Reg that they cannot log into the new version released yesterday. The service's status page …
Kat Hall, 31 May 2018

Programmer's < fumble jeopardizes thousands of medical reports

A bug in code that generates medical reports could force patients in Ireland to repeat their hospital and clinic scans. The Emerald Isle's healthcare bosses have admitted a flaw in the PACS software used to store documents in its National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS) causes some records to not display a single, …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Aug 2017

IBM: Hm, medical record security... security... Got it – we need blockchains

IBM says it will partner with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a study of whether blockchain technology could be used to securely transfer medical information. Big Blue says that its Watson Health unit will work with the FDA on a study aimed at pitching a framework for the use of blockchain technologies to make the …
Shaun Nichols, 12 Jan 2017

These diabetes pumps obey unencrypted radio commands – which is, frankly, f*%king stupid

Johnson & Johnson's Animas division has issued a letter [PDF] warning diabetes patients using its OneTouch Ping insulin pump that the device could be triggered remotely. Discounting the possibility of an attack as "extremely low," the company nonetheless says that "a person could potentially gain unauthorized access to the …
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St Jude sues short-selling MedSec over pacemaker 'hack' report

Medical device maker St Jude has filed suit against a security startup that shorted its stock and publicized alleged flaws in its products for profit. Pacemaker supplier St Jude has sued both MedSec and investment research biz Muddy Waters in Minnesota, America, as well as three other individuals it says falsely reported …
Shaun Nichols, 7 Sep 2016
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At last – Feds crack down on crummy encryption … starting with your dentist

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has struck a $250,000 settlement package in its case accusing a medical software developer of lying about its data encryption capabilities. The makers of Dentrix G5, an office and records tool for dentists, had been accused of lying to customers about the encryption capabilities of the …
Shaun Nichols, 6 Jan 2016
Spritam 3D printed pills

Screw your cutesy plastic art tat, the US govt has found a use for 3D printing: DRUGS!

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted its first-ever approval for a drug manufactured by 3D printing. The FDA told Aprecia Pharmaceuticals it could move forward [PDF] with the introduction of Spritam, an anti-seizure medication for people with epilepsy. The pill is set to go on sale in the US early next year. …
Shaun Nichols, 4 Aug 2015
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Hackers invade systems holding medical files on 4.5 million Cali patients

UCLA Health hospitals say hackers may have accessed personal information and medical records on 4.5 million patients. The California medical group admitted today that miscreants infiltrated its computer systems as long ago as September. It is possible the intruders accessed databases holding patient names, addresses, dates of …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2015
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Would you trust your DNA with APPLE? HealthKit lined up as genome data trafficker

Apple is set to enable DNA handling in iOS apps, allowing the applications to feed data from DNA labs to genetic researchers via iPhones or iPads. A report from the MIT Technology Review claims two US hospitals are running trial programs to collect DNA from people, and then transmit details of their genetic blueprints to their …
Shaun Nichols, 6 May 2015
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NHS England has some sneaky plans for Care.data acceleration

Despite promises to pause the hated Care.data scheme, El Reg has discovered that the architect of the plans, NHS England's National Director for Patients and Information Tim Kelsey, plans to gear up the pilot programme before the next election. Labour MP Roger Godsiff told El Reg that Kelsey had informed him of the plans to " …
Kat Hall, 20 Mar 2015
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Turn your head and cough (up your details), HealthCare.Gov has sprung a leak!

Researchers have spotted a security lapse on the healthcare.gov site that leaves users vulnerable to data harvesting. The Associated Press and the EFF report that the site is providing some personal information about visitors to third-party advertisors. According to the researchers, the healthcare.gov site provides …
Shaun Nichols, 22 Jan 2015

Facebook, Apple: LADIES! Why not FREEZE your EGGS? It's on the company!

It's no secret that Silicon Valley is a workplace that favours youth. Not just because the young have new ideas and perspectives, but also because 20-something geeks who work with all their friends have no problem putting in 60 hours a week cracking out code. Now, it seems that some of the biggest names in the business are …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Oct 2014
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'Chinese crims' snatch 4.5 MILLION patient files from US hospitals

One of the largest healthcare providers in the US claims Chinese hackers ran riot through its systems between April and June this year – accessing names, addresses and social security numbers of millions of patients. But Community Health Systems (CHS) insists no medical records nor any financial data were grabbed by the …
Iain Thomson, 18 Aug 2014

What does the NHS’s new IT plan really want to extract from us?

Feature Following last month’s announcement of a £1m nationwide spam drop, what now for care.data, the NHS's latest multi-million pound big data project? Is it, as the carefully managed news release implied, merely taking its time – in fact, delaying a key project by almost a year - so as to nail issues of patient confidentiality? Or …
Jane Fae , 21 Nov 2013

German guardsmen growing mono-boobs from drilling with Nazi-era rifles

Tits & Guns Guardsmen serving in Germany's ceremonial display unit - the only formation which still parades with the Nazi-era service rifle - are much more likely than other soldiers to grow a single breast on the left side of their bodies, according to a medical study. Boffins looking into the matter believe that the undesired …
Lewis Page, 31 Jul 2013
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For pity's sake: DON'T MOVE to the COUNTRY if you want to live

People often think that the big city is a dangerous place: they worry that they might get murdered, for instance. Being killed on purpose is more likely in town, according to new research, but it is so rare compared to dying in an accident of some type that in fact you would be much more likely to die unexpectedly in the …
Lewis Page, 24 Jul 2013

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