2024 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
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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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