Apr 14, 2016

New front opens in war with superbugs: experts

A newly discovered antibiotic-resistant gene is threatening to open a new front in the war against superbugs by rendering a last-resort drug impotent, experts warn. The gene’s resistance to colistin, a life-saving medication that has been around for 60 years, is the latest frustration ...

Hospital cyberattack highlights health care vulnerabilities

Mar 31, 2016

Hospital cyberattack highlights health care vulnerabilities

A cyberattack that paralyzed the hospital chain MedStar this week is serving as a fresh reminder of vulnerabilities that exist in systems that protect sensitive patient information. That attack came a month after a Los Angeles hospital paid hackers $17,000 to regain control of ...

How Japan is tweaking the cost of health care

Feb 17, 2016

How Japan is tweaking the cost of health care

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The price of health care is changing. On Feb. 10, a government medical council approved a long list of revisions for the fees hospitals and pharmacies can charge under the nation’s public health insurance program. The dictionary-thick list reflects an effort by the government ...

Feb 16, 2016

Flu season reaches full swing in Japan

Flu season appears to be in full swing, with an estimated 1.64 million people across Japan coming down with the symptoms in the week through Feb. 7, the health ministry said. Almost 6,000 day care centers and elementary and junior high schools shut down ...

Jan 21, 2016

Drug industry to fight superbugs together with governments

Dozens of makers of medicines and diagnostic tests have joined together in an unprecedented effort to tackle “superbugs” — infections that are increasingly unresponsive to drugs and threaten millions of people in countries rich and poor. Altogether 74 drugmakers, 11 makers of diagnostic tests ...