October 18, 2012

Daily multivitamin pill, mineral water and watch out for malware on your pacemaker

Drinking a litre of mineral water every day 'can prevent Alzheimer's memory loss'

Silicon-rich mineral water can help remove aluminum which is linked to dementia

Taking a daily multivitamin pill 'can lower the risk of cancer'

Regular use for more than a decade cuts men’s chances of developing the disease by 8 per cent, say researchers.  They cannot identify a single vitamin or combination that works, but claim the benefit comes from a broad combination of low dose vitamins.

The US study involved only men so the same effect cannot be assumed for women, but experts believe it is likely to be similar. Almost 15,000 doctors took part in the survey at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, and Harvard Medical School.

It is significant as the first trial of its kind, said Michael Gaziano, chief of the Boston hospital’s ‘division of aging’. He said: ‘Despite the fact that more than one-third of Americans take multivitamins, their long-term effects were unknown until now.’

Computer Viruses are "Rampant: on Medical Devices in Hospitals

Software-controlled medical equipment has become increasingly interconnected in recent years, and many systems run on variants of Windows, a common target for hackers elsewhere. The devices are usually connected to an internal network that is itself connected to the Internet, and they are also vulnerable to infections from laptops or other device brought into hospitals. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that manufacturers often will not allow their equipment to be modified, even to add security features.

Kevin Fu, a leading expert on medical-device security and a computer scientist at the University of Michigan and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst says "I find this mind-boggling,  Conventional malware is rampant in hospitals because of medical devices using unlatched operating systems. There's little recourse for hospitals when a manufacturer refuses to allow OS updates or security patches."
Posted by Jill Fallon at October 18, 2012 10:35 AM | Permalink