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Federal lawsuit: $25M fraud at Tennessee senator's clinic

Jul. 22, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee senator and other officials at a now-shuttered pain clinic company are facing a federal lawsuit that claims they defrauded Medicare and Medicaid of more than $25 million. The complaint filed Monday in Nashville by federal and state authorities alleges that Comprehensive...

The Latest: Hospital sued over school principal's death

Jul. 22, 2019 5:19 PM EDT

ROSELAND, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit in the case of a high school principal who died after a procedure to donate blood marrow to a French teenager (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A hospital sued by the family of a New Jersey high school principal who died after a procedure to donate blood marrow to...

Study: Millions should stop taking aspirin for heart health

Jul. 22, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people who take aspirin to prevent a heart attack may need to rethink the pill-popping, Harvard researchers reported Monday. A daily low-dose aspirin is recommended for people who have already had a heart attack or stroke and for those diagnosed with heart disease. But for the...

Fiancee sues over principal's death in bone marrow procedure

Jul. 22, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

ROSELAND, N.J. (AP) — A hospital failed to adequately monitor and treat a New Jersey high school principal as his oxygen level plummeted during a bone-marrow donation procedure in February, sending him into a coma and leading to his death several weeks later, a lawsuit filed Monday by his fiancee alleges....

Kansas officials suggest alternatives to deal with pond scum

Jul. 22, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health and environment officials are recommending alternative ways for municipal water operators to treat toxic blue-green algal blooms that have troubled state lakes for nearly 10 years. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says people and animals that come into...

4 hepatitis A cases found in Denver; vaccinations stepped up

Jul. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver public health officials say four homeless people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A this year, so the city is stepping up free vaccinations. KDVR-TV reported Monday that three of the cases were diagnosed within the past three weeks. Denver Public Health executive director Dr. Bill...

Close to 90K children dropped from Missouri Medicaid program

Jul. 22, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Data shows nearly 90,000 children and close to 23,000 adults were dropped from Missouri's Medicaid health care program in the past year, prompting a state Democratic leader to call for an investigation. House Minority Leader Crystal Quade on Sunday publicly released a letter she wrote...

Elevated opioid risks found at Native American hospitals

Jul. 22, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. government hospitals put Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for prescribing and dispensing the drugs, according to a federal audit made public Monday. The report by the U.S. Department of Health and...

Watchdog: Death of mentally ill inmate preventable

Jul. 22, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Michael Barton died in the Oregon State Penitentiary last year after catching the flu. In the course of a month, Barton, 54, became sicker and sicker; he stopped eating and witnesses reported he could not stand or walk. Barton eventually suffered from a MRSA infection, resulting in a...

Minnesota prisons resort to video for psychiatric care

Jul. 22, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

RUSH CITY, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota prisons are turning to telepsychiatry to provide inmates with mental health care. Telepsychiatry is the provision of psychiatric services via video conferencing services such as Skype or FaceTime. Michelle Saari, who directs the psychological services at the men's prison...