IBM's Watson Could Offer Customized Treatment To Every Cancer Patient

Rather than relying on carpet-bombing approaches like chemotherapy and radiation treatments, cutting-edge cancer cures are looking more towards a surgical strike, tailored to shutting down the mutations that are driving growth. And the secret weapon in that fight might just be a well-known Jeopardy contestant. »5/06/15 10:00pm5/06/15 10:00pm

Every Walgreens Is About to Offer Cheap, Painless Blood Tests 

As part of Walgreens' recent initiative to be a "leader in healthcare technology," the company is teaming up with Silicon Valley health startup Theranos to offer cheap, needle-free blood tests. What's more, the service will soon be coming to a drugstore near you, as they're planning to expand it to all 8,200 locations. »11/18/14 10:13am11/18/14 10:13am

Hospital Hacks Are Skyrocketing Because Hospitals Are Super Easy to Hack

According to a fresh report from cybersecurity experts, hospitals are hackers' new favorite playground. That's unsettling news for anyone who's ever visited a hospital (read: everyone) but it also offers a curious window into how we guard our most important data. Put bluntly, we do a pretty piss poor job of it. »9/03/14 11:09am9/03/14 11:09am

Why Chinese Hackers Stole 4.5 Million US Hospital Records

This month's installment of Chinese hackers stealing your data focuses on breaches at an especially scary type of venue: hospitals. A massive hospital empire that mostly serves small towns and rural areas reports that hackers lifted 4.5 million patient records earlier this year. You might be surprised by what the… »8/18/14 12:20pm8/18/14 12:20pm

Hospitals Are Using Credit Card Data To Predict People's Health

So, this sounds creepy: Some hospitals are identifying high-risk patients by buying loads of consumer data (i.e. credit card purchases, store loyalty programs, etc.) and plugging it into algorithms so they can step in before the customer gets sick. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, it's currently being used by… »7/05/14 3:37pm7/05/14 3:37pm

U.S. Gov't Changed Your Password Because of Heartbleed

Heartbleed, the gaping flaw that left the internet's security gate wide open for more than two years, is causing headaches for yet another site: the beleagured The government says the site has not been compromised, but officials have reset all user passwords "out of an abundance of caution." »4/19/14 3:00pm4/19/14 3:00pm