Jun 8, 2019

LabCorp discloses data breach affecting 7.7 million customers




LabCorp, a medical testing company, said 7.7 million customers had their personal and financial data exposed through a breach at a third-party billing collections company.
The news came just days after the same contractor, American Medical Collection Agency, notified Quest Diagnostics about the full scope of a breach affecting 11.9 million of its patients. That breach allowed an “unauthorized user” to gain access to financial information, Social Security numbers and medical data but not lab results.
“AMCA has indicated that it is continuing to investigate this incident and has taken steps to increase the security of its systems, processes, and data,” LabCorp said in a filing Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. “LabCorp takes data security very seriously, including the security of data handled by vendors.”
The breach also exposed credit card and bank numbers attached to roughly 200,000 accounts, the filing said. AMCA told LabCorp that it was in the process of notifying those patients.
AMCA, which works primarily with health-care companies, said in a statement Wednesday that it learned of the breach from a security firm that works with credit card companies. It has since conducted an internal review, taken down its Web payments page, hired an outside company to review its systems and migrated its Web payments portal to a third-party site. It also said it is providing two years of credit monitoring to anyone whose Social Security number or credit card account was compromised.
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, nearly 447 million records were exposed in 1,244 breaches last year. The medical and health-care sector accounted for 363, or 29 percent, of those incidents.
Large corporations are frequent targets. The biggest hack of 2018, against Marriott International, affected 383 million people worldwide. In 2017, the Equifax hack exposed the data of 145.5 million people. And 1 billion Yahoo customers were affected in an attack disclosed in 2016.
The largest hack involving medical data occurred in 2014, when hackers infiltrated the servers of the health insurance company Anthem, compromising the personal information of 79 million people. Anthem subsequently reached a $115 million settlement with victims. Last month, the U.S. Justice Department charged two Chinese nationals in the attack.

Christopher Rowland contributed to this report.

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Jun 6, 2019

According To Science, Cheese Has The Same Effect On Your Brain As Heroin


According to researchers, cheese is just as addictive as heroin. So, if you are a cheese lover, beware as you might actually be addicted to your favorite food. And while eating cheese in moderation is fine, getting to much of the dairy product can actually be bad for your health.
Here is the reason why cheese is so addictive, the side effects of eating too much cheese, and some tips for quitting cheese if you are addicted.

Source: Viva! Health

According to researchers at the University of Michigan, cheese has some addictive properties. The most addictive part of cheese is the protein casein. Casein creates casomorphins in the body which then attach to the opiate sensors in your brain. This creates a calming effect that is much like that imparted by the drugs morphine and heroin.
Source: Dr. Phoenyx
Worst of all, cheese contains little to no liquid, which in turn makes it a concentrated form of casein. Another factor in its favor as an addictive substance is that cheese is actually good for you in the proper quantities. Unfortunately, over eating cheese can lead to some serious side effects.

How Much Cheese Should You Eat

Source: India Today
When consuming cheese, you need to keep some guidelines in mind. According to the National Institutes of Health, the recommended daily allowance of cheese is about 1.4 ounces, or about the amount of cheese you can find on one slice of pizza. While this is not a whole lot of cheese, the repercussions for eating too much cheese can be life altering and even deadly in some cases.

The Side Effects of Eating Too Much Cheese


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First off, eating too much cheese increases a kid’s predisposition to get type 1 diabetes. This includes milk, cheese, and dairy in general. In fact, ingesting cow’s milk as an infant can cause colic. Young children should also avoid high amounts of cheese, and should be fed a well-rounded diet.
Source: Dr Lal Pathlabs
Cheese also contains lactose. The problem with lactose is that some people have a problem digesting it, leading to Leaky gut syndrome, autoimmune disorders, and other gastrointestinal problems. Consuming too much dairy can also make the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome worse and can curtail healing from Crohn’s Disease.
Source: MedicalNewsToday
Heart disease is another side effect of consuming too much dairy. This is because of the high amount of dairy that cheese and other dairy products contain. In order to cut down on the risk of developing heart disease, cheese lovers should limit their consumption of dairy and try to eat more foods with omega-3 fats.

How to Quit Your Cheeses Addiction

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Once you decide to quit eating cheese, or at least cut back on the amount you consume, you have to find the best way to do so. Quitting cold turkey is one option, though many cheese lovers might find this difficult to do. Keep in mind that the longer you go without it, the less you should crave cheese.
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You can also try an alternative to cheese. This includes vegan cheeses which melt, taste, and satisfy your hunger for cheese just like the real thing. Some of the good things about vegan cheese are that many are low in fat and calcium, and are gluten-free.
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Source: HealthCastle.com
If you still are having problems getting away from cheese, you can also look for varieties of cheese that have low casein content. This can provide you with a middle ground where you can still eat the cheese you love, but find it easier to quit over time due to the decreased amounts of the addictive casein.
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