Highlights of the important and interesting in the world of healthcare.
MASSDEVICE ON CALL — Eight nurses prison-bound for Medicare fraud. Eight Miami-area nurses were sentenced to prison on Feb. 4 for their roles in bilking Medicare for $18.7 million dollars by billing for unnecessary home health care services, reports The Associated Press.
Study: Millions of cancer cases are preventable by lifestyle changes. New independent evidence confirms that the increasing global trend of unhealthy and sedentary lifestyles is responsible for putting millions at an unnecessarily high risk of cancer. New estimates released by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) global network suggest that across a range of countries, making lifestyle changes including maintaining a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and taking regular physical activity can reduce the risk of common cancers by up to a third.
Legislators call on the Pentagon to care for brain-injured soldiers. A bipartisan group of 74 legislators issued a letter on Feb. 4 demanding that the Pentagon’s health plan cover a certain treatment for brain-injured soldiers, reports NPR.
Study: Working mom’s kids are more obese. A government-funded study published in the journal Child Development examined 900 children in grades 3, 5, and 6 and found that every five months of a mom working translated into an average of nearly one extra pound for her child, reports The Boston Globe.
Five individuals’ experiences with healthcare after the reform law. Bloomberg presents five adults’ experiences with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.