FDA issues recall of 465,000 St. Jude pacemakers to patch security holes

From ZDNet: FDA issues recall of 465,000 Abbott (St. Jude) pacemakers to patch vulnerabilities. The devices must be given a firmware update to protect them against a set of critical vulnerabilities which could drain pacemaker battery life, allow attackers to change programmed settings, or even change the beats and rhythm of the device. Read the article here:



Let go and drink some coffee!

Drinking four cups of coffee a day could slash the chances of an early death, a major Spanish study suggests.

Research on 20,000 middle-aged people found that those who drank coffee regularly had mortality rates almost two thirds lower than non-drinkers.

Previous studies found that coffee can improve liver function, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. The study suggests that it could reduce the chance of early death from all causes by as much as two thirds.

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Unneeded antibiotics are harmful

Unnecessary antibiotics are far from harmless – Futurity

“Antibiotics have the potential to cause real harm to patients,” says lead author Pranita Tamma, assistant professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University and director of the hospital’s pediatric antimicrobial stewardship program. “Each time we think to prescribe an antibiotic, we need to pause and ask ourselves, ‘Does this patient really need an antibiotic?’” she says. “If the patient develops an antibiotic-associated adverse reaction, even though that is, of course, unfortunate, we should be able to take some comfort in knowing that at least the antibiotic was truly necessary.”

Read more on http://www.futurity.org/taking-antibiotics-not-risk-free/