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FTC sues 4 cancer charities over $187 million scam
The Verge
The Federal Trade Commission has accused four cancer charities of defrauding well-meaning donors for over $187 million. Today, the FTC and law enforcement groups from all 50 states have filed a complaint against the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children's Cancer Fund of America, and the Breast Cancer Society. The complaint alleges that these four "sham charities" solicited millions in donations by promising to help pay for hospice care, chemotherapy, and other services for cancer patients. But only a fraction of that money actually went to patients. The rest went to company cars, high salaries, and even a Caribbean cruise.
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Evidence of gadolinium in thyroid tissue from a patient with normal kidney function
Gadolinium Toxicity (commentary)
Sharon Williams writes: "On April 8, 2015, I received the results from testing of my thyroid tissue for gadolinium. As I expected, gadolinium was found. I do not know if the results will ever be published anywhere, but I felt that it was important that I share this information with other affected patients, as well as with any physicians and researchers who might visit our website."
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FDA panel recommends intensified cleaning of duodenoscopes
Wall Street Journal via FirstWord MedTech
An FDA advisory panel recommended intensified cleaning steps for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography duodenoscopes, with several group members suggesting mandatory sterilization of the devices before they are reused. "The ideal would be to mandate that these devices be sterilised," said panel member Irving Nachamkin. The panel did not recommend that hospitals stop using the devices, saying they are used in a potentially life-saving procedure with no better alternative.
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Florida's Valencia College sued over forced vaginal exams
CNN
Two college students say they were forced to submit to transvaginal probes as part of their classroom training to learn how to perform the medical procedure. The details are outlined in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Orlando against Valencia College and three instructors. It alleges that medical diagnostic students at the college were forced to submit to the examination of their sexual organs under threat of having their grades reduced or of being blacklisted by future employers.
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  Is it apathy or is it ignorance
AHEC (commentary)
One of my favorite late night shows was Jay Leno and his segments on "Jaywalking." This segment had Jay going to a public park or boardwalk and interviewing people with common questions. The questions were generally current events, current politics, or some common knowledge such as the capital of a state, or my favorite question...
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