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Learn About Lung Cancer Treatment and Prevention at Sylvester’s Lung Cancer Awareness Fair November 20

In observance of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the Thoracic Site Disease Group at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center will host a health fair on lung cancer awareness on Thursday, November 20, for health care providers, staff, faculty, students, and anyone in the community interested in learning about the latest on lung cancer. Open from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in room 1301 at Sylvester, the fair will provide information on lung cancer detection, surgery, treatment, and prevention, including lung cancer screenings, which are now covered by UM’s Aetna insurance. Registration is not required, and walk-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Yohanna Zaldumbide, thoracic nurse navigator, at 305-243-0720 or Marie J. Charles, lung cancer screening coordinator, at 305-243-9069.


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Protect Yourself with a Flu Shot

With much attention focused on Ebola, which to date has infected four people in the U.S., it’s easy to forget that flu season is here, posing a far bigger danger. As Miller School Dean Pascal J. Goldschmidt notes, the University’s ongoing Ebola training for health care workers is a precaution, but the flu is a certainty, killing at least 3,000 Americans every year.
 So be safe, be wise, and get a flu shot, which the University offers for free at multiple  locations for faculty and staff, as well as  students.

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states, getting a flu shot is the No. 1 thing individuals can do to protect themselves from the flu. Healthy living, proper diet, exercise, and hygiene also can go a long way to prevent the flu.

Here are other tips to follow this flu season:

  • Wash your hands frequently. No personal habit helps prevent the spread of any communicable disease better than hand washing.
  • Keep your hands away from your face (especially your nose and mouth).
  • Cover your mouth/nose when sneezing and coughing (use a tissue or sleeve, not your hands).
  • Use antibacterial wipes on public equipment like computer keyboards and phones.
  • Open restroom doors with a paper towel to keep your hands clean.

For more information, read the CDC’s “Take 3” Actions to Fight the Flu, or watch the video, Why Flu Vaccination Matters.

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Well ’Canes Eat Your Fruits and Veggies Challenge Begins November 3

How would you like to earn 100 points toward your Well ’Canes incentives goal? Register today and begin participating in the Well ’Canes Eat Your Fruits and Veggies Challenge from November 3 through November 24. This challenge will encourage you to increase your consumption of fruits and veggies by including one serving of each per day for fifteen days during the three-week challenge duration. A 100-point bonus can be earned by logging your weight once a week. Registration begins Monday, October 27.

The 2014 Well ’Canes Wellness Incentive Program allows you to earn up to $300 by earning reward points for completing various preventive health care activities. Learn more and register at miami.edu/wellcanes.

If you have questions about the 2014 Well ’Canes Incentives Program, please contact HR-Benefits at 305-284-3004 or complete the online inquiry form at miami.edu/benefits/ask.


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UMIT’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month Tip: Embrace Mobile Security

Mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets are dominating the IT landscape. As of 2014 there are almost 7 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide. Statistics reveal that 85 percent of consumers use the same device for personal and professional purposes, which has caused organizations to face mounting regulatory compliance mandates and security issues.

Currently, it’s estimated that 113 mobile devices are lost or stolen in the U.S. each minute. Most mobile devices contain substantial amounts of sensitive data—both business and personal. In 2013 companies in the U.S. paid an average of $3.5 million per breach (53 percent business sector, 19 percent government). Thirty-five percent of the breaches, resulting in data leakage, were attributed to lost or stolen mobile devices. Effective ways of avoiding the risk of a security breach include updating your mobile software, implementing data access control, utilizing secure data backup, and using encryption.

So, where should you start?

Keep Your Hardware Up-to-Date
Mobile devices are computers with software that need to be kept up-to-date, just like your PC or laptop. Mobile device manufacturers and application vendors regularly issue updates to fix known security and performance issues. It is important to ensure your devices have the latest versions of these updates, including operating system and/or application patches.

Protect Sensitive Information
Adopt the following practices to protect data on your mobile device(s):

  • Secure your device using a strong passcode to lock your device.
  • Keep your device physically secure while traveling.
  • Avoid keeping sensitive data on your device, and when you do store such data, limit the quantity and time it’s maintained on the mobile device.
  • Always use encryption when backing up your device.
  • Only install applications from trusted sources, and read the privacy policy to be sure you understand what data you’re sharing. Applications from unknown sources can contain spyware or malware, and even trusted applications may gather information you’re not comfortable sharing. Be especially careful with “free” applications.
  • Only keep geo location, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi features on your mobile devices active when you are using them. Be aware that social networking sites may automatically post your location if you have geo location enabled. Learn how to disable the geotagging feature on your phone at http://icanstalku.com/how.php#disable.
  • Don’t click on links in emails or text messages unless you trust the sender and were expecting to receive a link from them. As with larger computers, malware, spyware, and phishing attacks against mobile devices are often initiated by clicking on links.
  • Be aware of the signs of potential compromise of your mobile device, including decreased device performance, random functions, or calls, texts, or emails to numbers and email addresses you don’t recognize.
  • Report your device lost or stolen as soon as you are aware so that you may leverage the remote wipe capabilities to prevent the unauthorized disclosure of data.

Connect with Care
Use common sense when you connect. If you’re online through an unsecured or unprotected network, be cautious about the sites you visit and the information you release.

  • Get savvy about Wi-Fi hotspots: Limit the type of business you conduct and adjust the security settings on your device to limit who can access your phone.
  • Protect your financial information: When banking and shopping, check to be sure the site is security enabled. Look for Web addresses that begin with “https://” or “shttp://”, which means the site takes extra measures to help secure your information. (“Http://” is not secure.)
  • When in doubt, don’t respond. Fraudulent texting, calling, and voicemails are on the rise. Just like email, requests for personal information or for immediate action are almost always a scam.

Protect Others’ Privacy
Adopt the following practices to protect others’ privacy.

  • Avoid taking photographs while within the workplace, especially in a health care setting, unless it’s part of an approved operating procedure.
  • Obtain permission before taking pictures or videos of others with your mobile device.
  • Even with permission to photograph, you may be inadvertently capturing images with sensitive images, text, etc. in the background. Review photographs to ensure potentially sensitive information is not being inadvertently revealed.

For National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), the University of Miami Information Technology (UMIT) department will be sharing important information, tips, and resources that 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 School campuses: 305-284-6565, itsupportcenter@miami.edu
o   Miller School campus: 305-243-5999, help@med.miami.edu



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Back by Popular Demand: Thai Cooking Class at the Herbert Wellness Center

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (October 22, 2014) – Since the Patti and Allan Herbert Wellness Center’s first Thai cooking class was so popular, a bonus Thai class has been added to the schedule for Wednesday, November 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Herbert Wellness Center’s instructional kitchen. Available to members and non-members, this instructional program is taught by a professional chef and includes hands-on demonstrations, dinner, and plenty of leftovers.

The menu for the class is the same as the Thai class earlier this month, including green mango salad, shrimp pad Thai, and peanut noodle salad.

Registration is available online at www.miami.edu/wellness or by calling the sales office at 305-284-5433 Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. The class costs $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

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