Monthly Newsletters

January 15, 2024
No Organization is Immune to Cyber Attacks
In 2023, healthcare organizations experience its worst year ever for cyber attacks.  It’s not the
number of attacks but the attacks have been more damaging and affected more people, says John
Riggi, national advisor for cybersecurity for the American Hospital Association.

About 106 million individuals have been affected by cyber attacks involving healthcare
organizations, according to federal data on health data breaches says Riggi, compared to about 44
million people affected by health data breaches in 2022.
 
This translates to nearly 1 in 3 Americans have been affected by a health data breach this year.  To
read more.
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February 15, 2024
Can Donald Trump Legally Run for the 2024 Elections: Three Big Legal Questions?
Depending on whether our next President is a Democrat or Republican will affect future businesses,
politics and basically everything because of each parties political beliefs. 

The state of Colorado has tried to bar Trump from being on the ballot. ”Colorado officials have argued that his role in the Jan. 6 attack on Congress makes him an insurrectionist and that the 14th
Amendment bars insurrectionists from the presidency in addition to Trump’s involvement in
overturning the election. Maine has also moved to bar Trump, and other states would likely follow if
the Supreme Court were to allow it.” To read more.
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March 15, 2024
Should the Government Seize Patents for Certain Costly Medications, a Policy Know as the
March-in Rights?
The elections have dominated the news and in doing so, one of the things that has been flying under
the radar with the general public is President Biden’s proposal in early December 2023 “to seize the
patents of certain costly medications in an effort…… to slash high drug prices and promote more
competition in the pharmaceutical industry in the U.S.” A controversial policy known as
“march-in rights.”
Should the Government Seize Patents for Certain Costly Medications, a Policy Know as the
March-in Rights?  What is your opinion? To read more.
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April 15, 2024
Do Infections Accelerate Cognitive Decline and Increase the Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s?
We all know that when we are young, we have a healthy immune system that can fight off infections or recover from an infections fairly quickly if it is a bacterial infection with the help of antibiotics. 
Viral infections since there is no treatment we have to rely solely on our immune system to recover.

But as we age, the risk for infection-related complications increases with age due to changes in our
immune system response which is usually weaken. One of these complications is the acceleration of cognitive decline. Infections can cause short term cognitive impairments which are reversible once
the infection is cleared, but they can also lead to long-term cognitive impairments in people who are already on the trajectory toward dementia. An infection can unmask dementia in people with subtle symptoms. To read more.
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May 15, 2024
The 911 on Microplastics
We hear about how plastics or microplastics are bad and can be harmful to humans, wildlife and the
environment.  But the 911 details aren’t being emphasized enough, so I’m going to summarize it
here.

What are Microplastics?
Microplastics (MPs) as defined by Frias J., and Nash R. are “synthetic solid particles or polymeric
matrices, with regular or irregular shape and with size ranging from 1 μm to 5 mm, of either primary or secondary manufacturing origin, which are insoluble in water.”  Unlike other materials, plastic
does not biodegrade. It can take 100 to 1000 years to break down aka life-long materials, so when it is discarded, it builds up in the environment until it reaches a point of crisis. To read more.
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June 15, 2024
The BIOSECURE ACT and What It Means
The BIOSECURE Act being considered by both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S.
Senate would prohibit U.S. federal funding (including loans, grants, and contracts (including
contract extensions and renewals)) in connection with biotechnology equipment or services
produced or provided by Chinese biotechnology service providers that are named in the
legislation (BGI Genomics, MGI, Complete Genomics, and WuXi AppTec) as well as certain other
to-be-identified entities that are subject to the control of a “foreign adversary” (defined by law to
be China, North Korea, Iran, Cuba, and Russia).
This Act was proposed I’m assuming because of political tension between the US and China,
competition from China wanting to be the biotechnology center of excellence in the world and
where Intellectual Property (IP) is the main determining factor to being a leading Biotech Center. 
Therefore, IP is heavily guarded and any sharing, giving or stealing IP is a major offense. In
February, U.S. intelligence officials informed Senators on the bipartisan homeland security
committee that WuXi AppTec had transferred a U.S. client’s intellectual property to China without the
customer’s consent for military for use by China’s military. To read more.
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July 15, 2024
Major Advancements in Understanding How to Slow Down the Aging Process
Society has been searching for ways to slow the aging process for thousands of year, before BC.  Today, with advance knowledge and modern technology, scientist are getting to a little closer to solving this very complex puzzle.
 
We know that the brain is the body’s control center communicating and instructing to all parts of our body how to function through neurons.  Scientists, found that the brain may also play an unexpected role in aging. To read more.
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