September 15, 2022 | Volume XIII | Issue 37

Newborns get routine heel blood tests, but should states keep those samples?

Michelle Andrews

Close to 4 million babies are born in the United States every year, and within their first 48 hours nearly all are pricked in the heel so their blood can be tested for dozens of life-threatening genetic and metabolic problems. The heel-stick test is considered such a crucial public health measure that states typically require it and parents aren’t asked for their permission before it’s done.

But the lab tests for newborn screenings generally don’t use all of the half-dozen or so drops of blood collected on filter paper cards. So states hold on to the leftover...

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Feds Hot on the Trail of PPP Fraud

The Health Law Offices of Anthony C. Vitale

On August 19, a Kansas chiropractor was convicted on multiple charges for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan fraud. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Timothy Dale Warren was charged with four counts of bank fraud, two counts of money laundering, and four counts of false statements. According to court documents, as owner of Titan Medical Center LLC Warren fraudulently obtained PPP loans totaling approximately $145,800 from two banks, then allegedly used a third bank to conceal the proceeds.

Warren is just the latest healthcare professional to be charged with PPP loan fraud, an area that the DOJ has said is a high priority. According to a recent article in the New York Times, there are 500 people working on pandemic-fraud cases across the offices of 21 inspectors general, plus investigators from the F.B.I., the Secret Service, the Postal Inspection Service and the Internal Revenue Service.

The Times article goes on to note that 1,500 people have already been charged with pandemic-related fraud and more than 450 people have been convicted. While that may sound like a lot, it’s really a mere drop in the bucket when you consider that the government handed out $800 billion in PPP loans from April 3, 2020, through May 31, 2021, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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Multivitamins Linked to Healthier Brains in Old Age

Steven Reinberg reports for U.S. News & World Report: 

In a trial of more than 21,000 men and women, the study authors reported that cocoa had no benefit on thinking skills but taking a multivitamin every day did improve cognition among the 2,000 participants. All were aged 65 and older.

"Our results are promising as they point to a potentially highly accessible, safe and inexpensive intervention that may provide a layer of protection against thinking declines in older adults. But more work is needed before widespread recommendations about regular use can be...

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End of Covid Pandemic in Sight, WHO Chief Says

Bloomberg Quicktake: Now

The world is within reach of beating the Covid-19 pandemic, the head of the World Health Organization said, shifting to a more upbeat tone while urging countries to keep working to control the virus. 

“We have never been in a better position to end the pandemic,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday in a briefing with journalists. “We are not there yet, but the end is in sight.” 

Watch the video HERE.

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