A report issued last week says that the information systems of five divisions of the US Department of Health and Human Services were breached in the last three years using unsophisticated approaches, MedPage Today reports. Those divisions include the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

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The Wall Street Journal reports Human Longevity's valuation has dropped by 80 percent.

The New York Times and ProPublica say that many physicians fail to disclose their financial ties when publishing in medical journals.

Science reports that the US National Cancer Institute is cutting its operating budget by 5 percent.

In PLOS this week: similar variants seen in bullbogs, people with Robinow syndrome; ApoE genotypes in African-American, Puerto Rican populations; and more.