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Doctors, pharmacists indicted in $100M fraud case

pdc, pharmacists caught in hug medical fraudA dozen doctors, pharmacy owners and marketing pros have been accused of a kickback scheme that prosecutors allege involved a sham medical study used to bilk up to $102 million from the publicly funded federal health program for military family members.

The doctors included Walter Neil Simmons, 47, of Gilbert, Ariz., emergency medicine doctor who has worked at two metro Phoenix hospital chains. He was indicted in October in U.S. District Court in Dallas on one count of conspiracy to commit health-care fraud. The federal charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Federal judge halts transgender health protections

Transgender health protections haltedA federal judge in Texas on Saturday halted enforcement of federal rules aimed at preventing doctors from discriminating against transgender individuals.

U.S. District Judge Reed O'Connor granted the temporary injunction, saying the rules "likely violate" the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, according to The Associated Press.

Several states are also part of the lawsuit over the rules finalized in May, including Kentucky, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kansas, along with several religiously affiliated medical groups.

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US issuing new rules to curb illegal fishing, seafood fraud

Obama rules to curb illegal fishingThe Obama administration is issuing new rules it says will crack down on illegal fishing and seafood fraud by preventing unverifiable fish products from entering the U.S. market.

The new protections are called the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, and they are designed to stop illegally fished and intentionally misidentified seafood from getting into stores and restaurants by way of imported fish.

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Bill Gates: world faces decade at risk from antibiotic-resistant bugs

Bill GatesPeople across the world, particularly those in developing countries, face a decade at risk from pandemics spread by antibiotic-resistant bugs, the billionaire Bill Gates has warned.

Gates, who made his fortune with the Microsoft Windows operating system before becoming a philanthropist, said the success of antibiotics had created complacency that was now being exposed by the rise of microbial resistance to the drugs.

“I cross my fingers all the time that some epidemic like a big flu doesn’t come along in the next 10 years,” Gates told a special edition of Radio 4’s Today programme guest-edited by Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England.

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Rashaan Salaam, Heisman Trophy winner and former Chicago Bear, committed suicide with gunshot to head

Rashaaan Salaam dead after CTE diagnosisFormer Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam died of a gunshot wound to the head, the Boulder County (Colo.) Coroner said in a release Thursday.

Salaam, 42, was found dead in Boulder’s Eben G. Fine Park Dec. 5 and had lived in nearby Superior, Colo.

An autopsy was completed and the cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head. The manner of death was suicide,” said the Boulder County Coroner.

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Sexist views could harm men's health: Study

Sexist views bad for men's healthMen who have "playboy" attitudes and believe in power over women may face a higher risk for mental health trouble than men who don't, a broad new research review suggests.

The finding on sexism, and other so-called "traditional views" on masculinity, stems from an analysis of 74 studies conducted between 2003 and 2013. The studies included nearly 19,500 predominantly white male participants, the researchers said.

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Listeria in hummus prompts national recall by Sabra

Listeria in Sabra hummusThe presence of potentially deadly listeria in several samples of hummus has prompted a national recall by Virginia-based Sabra Dipping Co. of 30,000 cases of Classic Hummus.

Inspectors with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development learned of the possible contamination by listeria monocytogenes after routine inspections March 30 at a Kroger in Port Huron, according to Jennifer Holton, MDARD spokeswoman.

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