Aetna Insurance Plans Now Cover Lung Cancer Screenings for High-Risk Individuals

Lung cancer screenings are now a covered service under Aetna Health Plans, allowing UM employees and their dependents who are at high risk for lung cancer to take advantage of this new approach for diagnosing the deadliest of all cancers.

Lung cancer does not show any symptoms until its late stage and, as a result, kills more people than breast, cervical, colon, and prostate cancer combined. But here’s the good news: The 2011 National Lung Screening Trial demonstrated that screening high-risk individuals with a series of low-dose CT scans over time can detect the disease in its early stages, allowing treatment to ensue and decreasing mortality by 20 percent.

As a result, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends lung cancer screening, which is not a single test, but a series of tests performed over time, for high-risk individuals. High-risk candidates are:

  • People between 55 to 80 years of age who have smoked 30 or more packs of cigarettes a year
  • Current and former smokers who have quit during the past 15 years

The screenings are 100 percent covered by UM Aetna Health Plans for those who meet the USPSTF criteria. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Marie Charles, the coordinator of the lung cancer screening program, at 305-243-9069 or mcharles4@med.miami.edu.




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Help the UM Libraries Help You

UM Libraries (UML) will soon conduct a quick online survey to obtain feedback from library users on the Coral Gables and Rosenstiel School campuses. The confidential survey, administered by LibQUAL+, will assess the current information needs of faculty and students and help identify opportunities for improving library services, programming, and facilities. The survey will be available beginning Monday, October 27 through the UML website. For more information, please contact Lisa Fish, LibQUAL+ project coordinator, at 305-284-4049 or via email at libqual@miami.edu.

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Faculty Senate Scheduled to Meet October 22

The next Faculty Senate meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 22, at 3:30 p.m. in the newly renovated and relocated Faculty Club in the Whitten University Center. All faculty are invited to attend. For more information about the Senate, its representatives, and meeting information, visit www.miami.edu/fs.

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Learn How to Create Secure Passwords to Stay Safe Online

This week’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) article focuses on password security. Many people find it annoying or impractical to continuously change their passwords because it is difficult to remember new passwords and to keep track of the many unique passwords for different sites. For this reason, users often resort to creating simpler and far less secure passwords. Yet these simple passwords make it easier for hackers to breach personal information.

To create a secure password that is easy for you to remember, whether in the office or at home, follow these simple steps:

1. Do not use personal information: You should never use personal information as a part of your password. It is very easy for someone to guess things like your last name, pet’s name, and child’s birth date.

2. Do not use real words: There are tools available to help attackers guess your password. With today’s computing power, it doesn’t take long to try every word in the dictionary to find your password, so it is best if you do not use real words for your password.

3. Mix different character types: You can make a password much more secure by mixing different types of characters. Use some uppercase letters along with lowercase letters, numbers, and even special characters such as “&” or “%.”

4. Use a passphrase: Rather than trying to remember a password created using various character types, you can use a passphrase. Think up a sentence or a line from a song or poem that you like and create a password using the first letter from each word. For example, rather than just having a password like “yr$1Hes,” you could take a sentence such as “I like to read the About.com Internet/Network Security web site” and convert it to a password like “il2rtA!nsws.” By substituting the number “2” for the word “to” and using an exclamation point in place of the “i” for “Internet,” you can use a variety of character types and create a secure password that is hard to crack, but much easier for you to remember.

Using the tips above will help you create passwords that are more secure, but you should also adhere to the following tips:

1. Use different passwords:You should use a different username and password for each login or application you are trying to protect. That way, if one gets compromised, the others are still safe. Another approach, which is less secure but provides a fair tradeoff between security and convenience, is to use one username and password for sites and applications that don’t need the extra security, but use unique usernames and more secure passwords on sites that do, such as your bank or credit card companies.

2. Change your passwords: You should change your password at least every 30 to 60 days, and don’t reuse a password for at least a year.

3. Default passwords: Upon receipt of a “default” password, change your password immediately. Default passwords that have not been changed are one of the most common ways of compromising an account and/or system.

For National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the University of Miami Information Technology (UMIT) department is sharing important information, tips, and resources that will focus on different cyber security issues, including cyber crime, mobility, and online safety. This year marks the 11th anniversary of NCSAM, sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance.

If you have questions or concerns related to this topic, please contact: ciso@miami.edu.

When in doubt, immediately call the UMIT Service Desk:

o   Coral Gables/Rosenstiel campuses: 305-284-6565, itsupportcenter@miami.edu
o   Medical campus: 305-243-5999, help@med.miami.edu


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Register for Community Classes at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (Oct ober15, 2014) – The Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center offers many dance, aquatics, martial arts, and tennis classes to members and residents of the community, including non-members.

Registration for fall 2014 Session 2 classes opens Monday, October 20, with classes beginning on Saturday, October 25. A free trial for each class (first meeting only) is available starting October 25 and runs through October 31. Registration is not required for the free class.

To see complete descriptions, schedules, and costs for community classes, click here.

Class registration is available online or by calling the Herbert Wellness Center sales office at 305-284-5433 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Note: Youth Aquatics class registration is open from Monday, October 27 through Monday, November 3.

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