Why Online Shopping is Out of Control. Online shopping came close to hitting the $300 billion mark in sales in 2013 in the U.S. alone—and that number is expected to grow by nine to 12% in 2014. Consumers have ever-changing needs when it comes to leverage online shopping technology and making purchase decisions. Read more at dmnews.com.

Pork Prices on the Rise. Pulled pork, pork tenderloin, and bacon on everything…pork is popular on most menus, and for good reason. It’s delicious, versatile, and most meat-eaters love it. But you may have noticed something not so awesome about pork recently…rising prices. You’re not imagining it! Pork prices have gone up about 4.5%, while bacon prices have gone up about 8%. So what’s behind the price increase? Read more at restaurantnews.com.

Meningitis Suspected in Student’s Death. Drexel University student Stephanie Ross died from what health officials suspect was a case of meningitis. Ross was found unresponsive by her sorority sisters and was rushed to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center where she died. Read more at asumag.com.

Communicating with Patients: Stick with the Tried and True. So what is the best way to communicate with patients these days when we need to reach them about an urgent matter? Our hospital recently experienced a situation where nearly 200 people were potentially exposed to a person sent to our emergency department with a possible case of measles. We had to reach all of those people to notify them about a possible public health threat. Read more at hospitalimpact.org.