Johns Hopkins study finds that taking Tylenol while pregnant increases child risk for ADH or autism spectrum disorder by 3 times

A study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins found that exposure to acetaminophen (Tylenol) in the womb may increase a child’s risk for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or autism spectrum disorder. The researchers analyzed data from the Boston Birth Cohort, a 20-year study of early life factors influencing pregnancy and child development. They found that children […]

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Generic form of heartburn drug Zantac still on shelves despite warnings that it may contain known carcinogen

The manufacturer  of a generic form of the heartburn drug Zantac, Novartis,  will cease distribution of the medicine after investigations suggested that generic and branded versions contain a known carcinogen. A distribution halt is not the same as a full recall, and generic Zantac (ranitidine) remaining on store shelves can still be sold, CBS News reported. In […]

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University of Kansas researcher criminally charged with fraud for failing to disclose full-time employment with Chinese University

A researcher at the University of Kansas (KU) has been indicted on federal charges of hiding the fact he was working full time for a Chinese university while doing research at KU funded by the U.S. government. Feng “Franklin” Tao, 47, of Lawrence, Kansas, an associate professor at KU’s Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis (CEBC), is […]

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Defense contractor executive charged criminally for selling the military cheap knockoff aluminum illegally obtained from Chinese company

Defense contractor Vista Machining Co. has been charged with making false claims about the aluminum he provided for U.S. military aircraft landing gears. Ross Hyde, owner of the company faces up to five years in prison if convicted. But inspectors said many of his products were cheap replacements, some illegally obtained from China, which he […]

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Man Targets Public Employees Retirement Association for $300,000 Health Care Fraud Scheme

Michael Bang, of Mesa, Arizona, was indicted on 20 counts of health care fraud, aggravated identity theft, and wire fraud following the investigation of a health care fraud scheme targeting the Colorado Public Employees Retirement Association (COPERA). According to the Department of Justice, Bang was able to steal around $300,000 through his health care fraud scheme. […]

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U.S. Department of Health alerts public of fraud scheme concerning genetic testing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing. Scammers are offering Medicare beneficiaries cheek swabs for genetic testing to obtain their Medicare information for identity theft or fraudulent billing purposes. Fraudsters are targeting beneficiaries through telemarketing calls, booths at public […]

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AveNix subsidiary of Novartis was aware of data manipulation on Zolgensma gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy says FDA

According to an article in STAT News, AveXis, the gene therapy subsidiary of Swiss pharma company Novartis, was aware of “data manipulation” involving its Zolgensma gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy before it was approved in May, but did not inform the Food and Drug Administration until later, the agency said Tuesday. Zolgensma is the […]

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Chinese National Sentenced to Over Three Years in Prison for Trafficking Counterfeit Apple Goods into the United States

A Chinese national living in the United States on a student visa was sentenced today to 37 months in prison followed by one year of supervised release for his role in a scheme to traffic and smuggle counterfeit Apple products, including phony iPhones and iPads, from China into the United States. Assistant Attorney General Brian […]

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Kentucky Physician Sentenced to 30 Months in Prison After Illegal Opioid Prescriptions Lead to Numerous Patient Overdose Deaths

Dr. Michael Lee Cummings, of Albany Kentucky, was sentenced to 30 months in prison, as well as three years of supervised release and a $400,000 fine after pleading guilty to 13 counts of illegally prescribing controlled substances. The investigation of Cummings began in 2015 after it was found that many of his patients had died in overdose-related […]

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A.I.G. to pay $725 Million to settle accounting fraud, stock manipulation and bid rigging

American International Group, the insurance giant has agreed to pay $725 million to three Ohio pension funds to settle  claims of accounting fraud, stock manipulation and bid-rigging. The money will go to firefighters, teachers, librarians and other pensioners. Ohio’s attorney general, that it was the 10th largest securities class-action settlement in United States history. A.I.G.’s former chief […]

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