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Lack of psychiatrists hits mental health patients LAFAYETTE, Ind.: A nationwide shortage of psychiatrists is forcing many mentally ill Indiana patients to wait months for an appointment. The Health Resources and Services Administration reports more than half the state's counties have a shortage of mental health professionals. The Journal & Courier has found there is just one psychiatrist for every 57,585 residents in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. The shortage stems in part from low reimbursement rates by insurance companies. A private psychiatrist will make more money by refusing to accept insurance. But even that pool is shrinking. More than 25 percent of psychiatrists are poised to retire in the next decade, and few medical school graduates are pursuing that field.-AP

„ Iowa gets $72 million in tobacco payment DES MOINES, Iowa: Iowa received $71 million last week from tobacco companies - its annual share of a 1998 landmark legal settlement in which tobacco companies pay states for smoking-related health care costs. The Iowa Attorney General's Office says that since 1999, the state has received more than $960 million in tobacco payments. This week's payment included a regular annual sum of more than $54 million as part of the master agreement and an additional ``Strategic Contribution Fund'' payment of more than $17.5 million.-AP

„ Health school gets $1M for long-term care PROVIDENCE, R.I: Brown University's School of Public Health has received a $1 million grant to launch a center to improve long-term care for the elderly. The grant to establish the Long Term Care Quality and Innovation Center is from the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living. The center will research and test best practices that improve long-term and post-acute care with the aim of turning them into training programs that can be implemented at skilled nursing centers.-AP

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Healthcare users urged to change passwords over Heartbleed fears WASHINGTON: People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature health care law are being told to change their passwords following an administrationwide review of the government's vulnerability to the confounding Heartbleed Internet security flaw. Senior administration officials said there is no indication that the site has been compromised and the action is being taken out of an abundance of caution. The government's Heartbleed review is ongoing, the officials said, and users of other websites may also be told to change their passwords in the coming days, including those with accounts on the popular petitions page. The Heartbleed programming flaw has caused major security concerns across the Internet and affected a widely used encryption technology that was designed to protect online accounts. Major Internet services have been working to insulate themselves against the problem and are also recommending that users change their website passwords. Officials said the administration was prioritizing its analysis of websites with heavy traffic and the most sensitive user information. A message that will be posted on the health care website reads: ``While there's no indication that

any personal information has ever been at risk, we have taken steps to address Heartbleed issues and reset consumers' passwords out of an abundance of caution.'' The health care website became a prime target for critics of the Obamacare law last fall when the

largely fixed during the second month of enrollment and sign-ups ultimately surpassed initial expectations. Obama announced last week that about 8 million people had enrolled in the insurance plans. The full extent of the damage caused by the Heartbleed is un-

Officials said the administration was prioritizing its analysis of websites with heavy traffic and the most sensitive user information

opening of the insurance enrollment period revealed widespread flaws in the online system. Critics have also raised concerns about potential security vulnerabilities on a site where users input large amounts of personal data. The website troubles were

known. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's Web servers and went undetected for more than two years. Although it's conceivable that the flaw was never discovered by hackers, it's difficult to tell. The White House has said the

federal government was not aware of the Heartbleed vulnerability until it was made public in a private sector cybersecurity report earlier this month. The federal government relies on the encryption technology that is impacted OpenSSL - to protect the privacy of users of government websites and other online services. The Homeland Security Department has been leading the review of the government's potential vulnerabilities. The Internal Revenue Service, a widely used website with massive amounts of personal data on Americans, has already said it was not impacted by Heartbleed. ``We will continue to focus on this issue until government agencies have mitigated the vulnerability in their systems,'' Phyllis Schneck, DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications, wrote in a blog post on the agenda website. ``And we will continue to adapt our response if we learn about additional issues created by the vulnerability.'' Officials wouldn't say how government websites they expect to flag as part of the Heartbleed security review, but said it's likely to be a limited number. The officials insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the security review by name.-AP

Girl's ear reattached with help of leeches WASHINGTON: Doctors in the US have reattached a 19year-old girl's ear, which was entirely torn off by a dog, with the help of blood sucking leeches. A pit bull attack left the girl's left ear entirely torn off in addition to a small laceration on her arm. Surgeons at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence attached a tiny artery to the girl's blood supply with three microscopic stitches. The artery brought fresh blood to the girl's reattached ear,

but the team could not find a vein to drain blood back to the body. Therefore, they turned to the

blood sucking leeches which have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for

use in medicine, 'Live Science' reported. "The body is very efficient at making new arteries and veins, so the leeches are temporary," Dr Stephen Sullivan, a plastic surgeon at the hospital said. "They act as temporary drainage for the ear while the ear makes its own new veins," said Sullivan. For more than two weeks, the woman recovered in the hospital with leeches attached to her left ear, draining away deoxygenated blood. -PTI


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