Friday , 19 January 2018

Health

Tents considered blessing for homeless in San Diego

Christine Wade found a haven in the tent she shared with six children, pitched in an asphalt parking lot. It was, at least, far better than their previous home in the city, a shelter where rats ate through the family’s bags of clothes and chewed on 2-year-old Jaymason’s stroller. Roughly 50 of the encampment’s 200 residents were children, so Wade’s …

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Prosecutors insist eye doc stole $136 million from Medicaid

Either Dr. Salomon Melgen is one of the biggest Medicare swindlers ever, stealing more than $100 million from the federal health care program, or a penny ante thief who walked off with $64,000. Those were the widely contrasting arguments made Thursday by prosecutors and Melgen’s defense attorneys as they tried to persuade U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra to sentence …

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Stench of bat feces forces school to close classrooms

The stench of bat feces has forced a New Hampshire elementary school to close eight classrooms and work on repairs. Nashua’s The Telegraph newspaper reports a teacher first noticed the odor around Nov. 21 at the James Mastricola Upper Elementary School in Merrimack. Maintenance crews thought it was a dead mouse and called in a company that found bat feces …

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The Latest: Prosecutors insist eye doc stole $136 million

The Latest on the sentencing hearing for a prominent Florida eye doctor accused of bribing U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey (all times local): 4 p.m. Prosecutors say evidence proves a politically connected Florida eye doctor convicted of Medicare fraud stole more than $100 million. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexandra Chase told U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra on Thursday that …

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A Medicaid challenge: Poor health, but a drive to improve

It’s one of Medicaid’s challenges. While low-income people are more likely to struggle with health problems such as smoking and depression, new research shows many are motivated to improve. Thursday’s study from the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index found that 40 percent of people on Medicaid say they’re in fair or poor health, compared with 11 percent of those with workplace coverage. …

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Rigorous diet can put Type 2 diabetes into remission, study finds

Some people with Type 2 diabetes were able to put the disease in remission without medication by following a rigorous diet plan, according to a study published today in the Lancet medical journal. “Our findings suggest that even if you have had Type 2 diabetes for six years, putting the disease into remission is feasible,” Michael Lean, a professor from …

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Famed 'Concussion' pathologist alleges autopsy interference

San Joaquin County’s chief medical examiner, known nationally as the doctor depicted in the movie “Concussion” about brain injuries among football players, resigned Tuesday over what he said was interference by the sheriff that has become so invasive that it borders on the unlicensed practice of medicine. Dr. Bennet Omalu accused Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore of routinely interfering with death investigations …

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