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U.S. Department of Justice: 32 Hospitals to Pay Sum of US $28 Million in Medicare Overbilling Probe

U.S. Department of Justice: 32 Hospitals to Pay Sum of US $28 Million in Medicare Overbilling Probe

A decade-old whistleblower lawsuit that alleged inappropriate billing for kyphoplast has finally come to a settlement. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Justice said that a group of 32 hospitals will have to pay a total of $28 million to settle false spinal treatment claims. The two Arizona hospitals, Banner Boswell in Sun City and Banner Thunderbird in Glendale, agreed to pay nearly $2.7 million to settle claims that they submitted false claims to Medicare for a type of spinal fracture treatment.

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Glowing Green Fireball Caught Streaking Across Southern Sky Thursday Evening

Glowing Green Fireball Caught Streaking Across Southern Sky Thursday Evening

If you were one among few who were stunned after seeing a glowing green fireball in the Locust Grive area of Henry County and thought it was a meteor, then you were right as NASA has confirmed that a meteor hit the ground on Thursday night.

On Friday, Cooke, the NASA MEO lead, said in a statement that spotting a fireball in the sky can be usual but meteorite droppers are very rare.

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Astronauts aboard ISS Will Take an Unplanned Spacewalk Next Week

Astronauts aboard ISS Will Take an Unplanned Spacewalk Next Week

American space agency NASA said in a recent statement that astronauts aboard the International space station (ISS) will be attempting an unplanned spacewalk to fix a railcar which is used by station’s robotic arm.

As per agency officials, NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Tim Kopra will be going for the spacewalk outside the station to free the outpost’s Mobile transporter railcar, which suddenly stopped moving on Wednesday.

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95% of infants travel unsafely: Study

95% of infants travel unsafely: Study

Shockingly, 95% of families put newborn in a car seat in a wrong matter, irrespective of the fact that it is not their first time, unveiled a study of nearly 300 parents. Just 5% of families installing cars seats and positioning their newborns were found doing it without any major mistake.

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Mediterranean Diet containing DMB could help Prevent Heart Diseases by Targeting Gut Microbes

Mediterranean Diet containing DMB could help Prevent Heart Diseases by Targeting Gut Microbes

Do you love eating Mediterranean diet made of olive oils and red wines? If yes, then you are on the right path as your taste is preventing you from various heart diseases and gut microbes. For the first time, researchers have discovered a compound in olive oils and red wines that can interfere with gut microbes in ways that could potentially help to prevent heart diseases in humans. During the study conducted on mice, researchers targeted the mice's gut microbes with a compound called DMB.

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Kaiser Permanente to Open Medical School by 2019 with an Aim to Recruit more Minority Students

Kaiser Permanente to Open Medical School by 2019 with an Aim to Recruit more Minority Students

As an initiative to address one of the medical education’s biggest concerns, Kaiser Permanente on Thursday announced that it will open new medical college for minority students by 2019. The company executives reported that with the opening of the new medical school, they wanted to meet two main goals of medical schools. The first is to recruit more minority students and second is to teach doctors how to care for a diverse patient population.

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Scientists: Just a Step Closer to Develop Vaccine to Treat Mers Infection

Scientists: Just a Step Closer to Develop Vaccine to Treat Mers Infection

Camels are known as reservoirs for the infection. In the new study, European scientists have genetically engineered a smallpox virus, Modified Vaccinia Ankara –MVA, to display Mers virus spike protein on its surface. No treatments for Mers infection has been invented till now, but scientists have been trying to develop new vaccine that can prove effective in treating the infection. They are just a step closer to come up with a new vaccine that can prove effective in treating Mers infection. The Mers spike protein is thought to be a major target for the immune response.

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Congress proposes $359 million as funding for Alzheimer’s research in 2016

Congress proposes $359 million as funding for Alzheimer’s research in 2016

If White House approves proposed budget for Alzheimer’s research then government spending on the disease will increase by more than 50%. The proposed amount for the Alzheimer’s research is $350 million in fiscal 2016.

The proposed amount is quite big that the last year’s proposal when a $25 million increase was suggested for Alzheimer’s research. It led NIH funding to $586 million in fiscal 2015.

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Researchers Crack Bah Humbug Syndrome Mystery

Researchers Crack Bah Humbug Syndrome Mystery

A study by the researchers at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark has discovered the affect of Christmas spirit on the brain, thereby answering several questions associated with the bah humbug syndrome. The British Medical Journal published the research that involved certain experiments on 20 volunteers.

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Marijuana Use on Rise among Teens and Adults

Marijuana Use on Rise among Teens and Adults

A latest survey report of 8th, 10th and 12th graders from the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) has found increase in rate of marijuana use among high school seniors compared to cigarettes. Though, researchers found drop in rates of alcohol and cigarettes use in teens, the rates of marijuana seemed to remain high. Since 1975, researchers from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor have been measuring and monitoring teens’ attitude about drugs and alcohol.

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