3-D printed implant grows with infant; Phishing incident at Saint Agnes Health Care puts info of 25K patients at risk;

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> A new medical implant designed by doctors at the University of Michigan can grow with an infant, according to an article at the LA Times. The 3-D printed device is made to assist babies who have tracheobronchomalacia, which causes airways near the lungs to collapse. The device safely disintegrates in the body after about three years. "This is the first known cure of this disease," said Glenn Green, associate professor of pediatric otolaryngology at C.S. Mott Children's Hospital in Michigan. Article

> Duke's Information Initiative, or iiD, will use $9.75 million in gifts to harness data to tackle challenges that include healthcare issues, according to a Health IT News article. The program is made up of professors and students who look to find how big data can help people live better lives. Article

> An email phishing incident has exposed the information of about 25,000 patients at Saint Agnes Health Care Inc. The incident occurred through a fraudulent email communication, according to the Baltimore-based provider. Information compromised includes names, birth dates, medical record numbers, insurance information and in four cases Social Security numbers. Announcement

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> When it comes to the fight against hospital-acquired infections, the Windy City appears to be squarely on the front lines. The University of Chicago's new Center for Care and Discovery plays host to the Hospital Microbiome Project, a three-year program in which scientists study how facility design and environmental factors affect patient-threatening bacteria, according to the Wall Street Journal. Article

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> Many health insurers violate the Affordable Care Act's women's health coverage requirements, according to a recent report from the National Women's Law Center. Article

> The Affordable Care Act mandates that states that received federal funding to establish their state-run health insurance marketplaces must be self-sustaining by Jan. 1, 2015. However, it's possible certain states may have violated this provision by using grants for operating expenses after the deadline passed, according to an audit from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. Article

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