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Health files are sold as scrap paper to Utahn

Aaron Falk writes in the Deseret Morning News: Why Louis Mezzoni walked into Central Florida Regional Hospital in May 2006 is, frankly, none of your business. His medical records — as are nearly all medical records in the U.S. — are private, guarded heavily by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. When, at...

Nassau officials say privacy laws hinder probes

Erik German writes in Newsday: More than 10 days have passed since police say three New Cassel children were killed by their troubled mother, and Nassau County officials say they still don’t have what they need to fully investigate. “Right now I’m sitting here, there are three kids dead and I don’t have full...

U.S. seeks input on national biobank

Alan Bavley of McClatchy Newspapers writes: In large upright freezers, researchers at St. Luke’s Hospital are stashing tens of thousands of tiny tubes that will hold blood samples of up to 2,000 people. It’s a major project to study patients’ medical charts and look for the genes and blood proteins that put people with...

245 computers stolen from 19 universities in Japan

The Yomiuri Shimbun reports: The Metropolitan Police Department began investigating the case after computers were stolen from the science and engineering departments of prestigious universities in Tokyo, including Tokyo and Waseda universities. The MPD then learned that a total of 245 computers had been stolen from 19 universities since September 2006. In Tokyo,...