FDA: Diabetes devices risk deadly hacks
Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.
If you or someone you know uses a medical device to care for diabetes, then you need to pay CLOSE attention.
The FDA has issued an urgent warning about the potential for hacking, with deadly consequences.
It turns out that certain insulin pumps and other diabetes treatment devices are vulnerable to remote attacks by hackers.
The FDA warned that if someone hacked into the device wirelessly, they could manually change the settings to deliver too much insulin, resulting in low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), or even stop it entirely, leading to high blood sugar and potentially fatal diabetic ketoacidosis.
This disturbing scenario will likely play out across other devices, too, as medical cybersecurity lags behind medical technology.
So what specific devices are at risk?
Medtronic's MiniMed 508 insulin pump and MiniMed Paradigm series insulin pumps.
But even if you or a loved uses a different medical device, you need to pay close attention to medical cybersecurity.
That full story from Newsweek is right here.
In other health news, a recent story shows how sugary food can literally reprogram your brain.
Part of what makes you feel full is "an excitatory signaling molecule, glutamate. The researchers used a two-photon microscope to observe these so-called glutamatergic cells."
But when researchers give subjects lots of sugar, it shuts down this cell.
By 12 weeks after the diet switch, the glutamatergic cells were roughly 80% less active in response to the sugar drink.
That full story from Science Mag is right here.
And finally, there have been exciting developments in Alzheimer's vaccine research.
Researchers are using the body's own immune system in creative ways and starting to find success fighting against the dangerous buildups that lead to Alzheimer's disease.
The vaccine research involved a new field in immunology called endobody vaccines. Most vaccines prepare our body’s immune system to fight off so-called exogenous disease, such as measles or flu, caused by bacteria or viruses entering our blood.
Endobody vaccines, on the other hand, prime our immune system to deal with malfunctioning internal parts of the body that it would otherwise ignore.
That full story form Wired is right here.
To your health,
President, Clear Health Now