Rochester, Minnesota - Andrew Harrison could have been a musician or a physicist or a biologist. But he fell for medicine and clinical informatics: using systems to organize data to improve care for patients. “I love it,” he says. And patients will too. Because although he followed an unconventional route in his training, Harrison is a prototype for medical students trained to heal both patients and the health care system.

Washington, DC - Women who have had gestational diabetes may be able to reduce or even eliminate their risk for cardiovascular disease by following a healthy lifestyle in the years after giving birth, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The researchers analyzed data from the Nurses’ Health Study II (link is external), following health habits and medical history of more than 90,000 women from before pregnancy through middle age and the early senior years.

Washington, DC - During the weeks since Hurricanes Irma and Maria devastated the infrastructure of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has joined federal and local agencies in the effort to help the people of Puerto Rico recover and begin to rebuild the island. Among the challenges the FDA has addressed is the potential for shortages of critical medical products. The FDA has been monitoring more than 40 drug products and working closely with dozens of pharmaceutical and medical device companies to help these important facilities get back online; enabling employees to return to work and manufacturers to ramp up production of medical products used by all Americans.

Washington, DC - Les Chateaux De France, Inc., an Inwood, N.Y. establishment, is recalling approximately 4,225 pounds of bacon-wrapped scallops due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products contain milk, a known allergen, which was not declared on the product label. 

Yokosuka, Japan - Thirty-six Sailors, who distinguished themselves for their bravery and contributions to damage control efforts aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62), were recognized at a ceremony October 20.

Davis, California - Quick, do you know the difference between encryption and hashing? Do you know what salting is? Do you want to? That’s a rhetorical question - I’m going to tell you anyway.

Encryption and hashing are sometimes confused with one another. Salting… not so much. But it’s worth taking a look at all three so that we can better understand encryption as a whole.