Kids' ear infections cost US $3B a year; Surgery complications hikes cost of care in cancer patients;

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> Ear infections, the most common illness among preschool age children, costs the U.S. healthcare system almost $3 billion a year, according to an announcement from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Health Sciences in ScienceDailyAnnouncement

> Complications stemming from surgery can substantially increase the cost of care in cancer patients, according to a new study published in Cancer. Study

 > The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced its final rule that supports the Department of Health and Human Services Community Living initiative, which will improve living options for older Americans and people with disabilities. Announcement

Health IT News

> Some hospital executives are growing impatient with the pace of technology adoption in healthcare, according to a recent roundtable discussion focusing on the future of health IT conducted by Becker's Hospital Review. Article

> How ready would the federal government and health sector be if faced with a cyber attack? They're set to find out in March, when simulated attacks against healthcare networks--dubbed CyberRX--will test their vulnerability to hackers, Nextgov reports. Article

And finally...Smelt it and dealt it. Article