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$1.3 Billion Health Care Fraud Case Is Mind Snapping

The Department of Justice just announced a criminal indictment against 36 defendants in 13 federal districts claiming $1.3 Billion in healthcare fraud, one of highest-ticket actions. What’s targeted? Telemedicine (and marketing) involved in cardiovascular, genetic testing and DME. Again! DME was last targeted in a such a huge way back in 2016 in connection with Operation Brace Yourself (over...

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The Feds Pile Up Vaccine ‘Adverse Event’ Reports as They Decry Scaremongering Elsewhere

Since the Food and Drug Administration authorized the first vaccines for COVID-19 in late 2020, the government and much of the media have insisted that the medicines developed in record time are safe and effective. Those who raised questions about them have been routinely dismissed as conspiracy theorists. And yet an online database co-administered by the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control...

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How much for an amputation or checkup? It takes a complex formula and a committee of doctors to set the price for every possible health care procedure

The price physicians charge for every surgery, checkup or other procedure has a precise formula behind it. Morsa Images/DigitalVision via Getty Images ~~~~~~~~~~~ Modern medicine is remarkable. Conditions like HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C were once virtual death sentences. Both can now be treated easily and effectively. But for Americans, the wonders of modern medicine come at a steep cost: Total...

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Congress Investigates Portable Generator Manufacturers Following Carbon Monoxide Deaths

A congressional committee is investigating whether portable generator manufacturers have done enough to protect the public from deadly levels of carbon monoxide emitted by their products. Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., who leads the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, sent letters to top executives at four major generator companies on Tuesday requesting copies of records documenting why...

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Buy and Bust: When Private Equity Comes for Rural Hospitals

MEXICO, Mo. — When the new corporate owners of two rural hospitals suddenly announced they would stop admitting patients one Friday in March, Kayla Schudel, a nurse, stood resolute in the nearly empty lobby of Audrain Community Hospital: “You’ll be seen; the ER is open.” The hospital — with 40 beds and five clinics — typically saw 24 to 50 emergency room cases a day, treating patients from the...

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Sex, immunity and the brain

Differences between the immune systems of males and females — in particular, ones involving cells called microglia — might help explain why the risk for conditions such as autism and Alzheimer’s varies between the sexes Suppose a couple has two children, a boy and a girl. Chances are, they’ll both grow up with typical, healthy brains. But should either diverge from the usual route of brain...

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