Genetic testing scam costs Florida businessman $27m and 10 years in prison

A Florida businessman has agreed to pay more than $27 million to resolve allegations he and his companies violated the False Claims Act (FCA) by submitting false claims to and receiving payments from, Medicare for cancer genomic (CGx) tests that were not medically necessary and were obtained through illegal kickbacks. Daniel Hurt of Fort Lauderdale owned and/or operated Fountain Health Services LLC, Verify Health, Landmark Diagnostics LLC, First Choice Laboratory LLC and Sonoran Desert Pathology Associates LLC. In addition to restitution for his role in this genetic scam, Hurt was sentenced to 10 years in prison last month, followed by three years of supervised release. The Genetic Testing...

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Your favorite drink can cause breast cancer – but most women in the US aren’t aware of alcohol’s health risks

Targeted marketing may play a role in increasing alcohol consumption among women. Lisa Schaetzle/Moment via Getty Images ~~~~~ Did you know that casual drinks with friends or having a “wine mom” moment to unwind could actually be nudging up your risk for breast cancer? It sounds like a buzzkill. But it’s a truth that many might not know: Alcohol actually causes breast cancer. The World Health Organization and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism lay it out pretty clearly: Compared to those who don’t drink, just one drink a day can bump up your breast cancer risk by 5% to 9%. As alcohol and cancer researchers, we wanted to learn more about what women actually know about...

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Jackson Health System Named in 2024 Top Healthcare Places to Work List

Jackson Health System was named in Becker’s Hospital Review’s 150 Top Places to Work in Health Care for 2024. The organizations featured were selected by Becker’s based off a number of initiatives, including opportunities that the organization offers for professional and personal development, wellness benefits, and community engagement opportunities. The list also celebrates healthcare organizations and institutions that push for diversity in the workplace, promote a healthy work-life balance, and enhance employee engagement. Jackson prides itself in offering a market-leading compensation and benefits program, including a defined benefit pension plan and pre-tax savings plans....

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Millions of current smokers became addicted when they were teens – and nicotine marketing targets adolescents today just as it did decades ago

Research shows nicotine exposure results in long-term changes to the brain. smartboy10/DigitalVision Vectors via Getty Images ~~~~~ About 37 million children ages 13 to 15 around the world use tobacco, according to a 2024 report from the World Health Organization. In 2023, e-cigarettes were the most commonly used tobacco product in the U.S., with 7.7% of middle school and high school students reporting e-cigarette use. Cigarettes were the next most common, with 1.6% of middle- and high school students saying they had consumed them in the past month. Research shows that most people who use tobacco start in childhood. I am a public health researcher who studies the different ways in which...

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