Cancer care provider 21 Century Oncology Inc has reached a $34.7 million settlement with the U.S. government stemming from the improper use of a procedure that measures the level of radiation that leaves a patient’s body after treatment.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced the settlement with Fort Meyers, Florida-based 21 Century Oncology on Tuesday. The company, which has offices in 16 states, performed and billed for procedures that were not medically necessary and in some cases improperly performed, the Justice Department said.
A 21st Center Oncology spokeswoman declined to comment immediately.
Once again, Monsanto is trying to take away our right to know, this time about carcinogenic chemicals used in household products and places all around us. In January, Monsanto filed a lawsuit against the state of California for its intent to list glyphosate, the main chemical used in Monsanto’s flagship Roundup herbicide, under California’s Proposition 65, a law that mandates notification and labeling of all chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm, and prohibits their discharge into drinking waters of the state.
There soon might be no need to undergo a whole series of medical procedures to detect cancer. Scientists are developing a test that would spot the disease in just 10 minutes, using just a little of the patient’s saliva.
“We need less than one drop of saliva and we can turn the test around in 10 minutes. It can be done in a doctor’s office while you wait,” David Wong, professor of oncology at California State University, said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meeting in Washington.
Saliva can be used for the test as it is possible to spot tumor DNA in bodily fluids, he explained.
Vanessa Hudgens bravely performed in a live TV version of Grease last night – just hours after announcing the death of her father.
The 27-year-old star decided to go ahead with playing Rizzo in the Grease: Live event despite sadly losing her father Greg the night before following his battle with cancer.
A terminally ill woman has hit out at Facebook after a “potentially life-saving” photograph showing one of her nipples was removed from her page.
Rowena Kincaid, who has secondary stage-four breast cancer, said the decision to remove the image could prevent thousands people from learning about the symptoms of the disease.
California’s taking an important step toward protecting people and wildlife from this toxic pesticide,” said Dr. Nathan Donley, a staff scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “More than 250 million pounds of glyphosate are used each year in the United States, and the science is clear that it’s a threat to public health and countless wildlife species. It’s long past time to start reining in the out-of-control use of glyphosate in the United States.”
In addition to glyphosate, tetrachlorvinphos, parathion and malathion, were listed along Monsanto’s product as having carcinogenic effects. The public now have an opportunity to comment or dispute the new proposed classification through October 5.
One early theory, Muehlenbachs said in an interview Wednesday, was that they could be a new type of infectious organism. But after performing dozens of tests, the team discovered the cells contained DNA snippets of a dwarf tapeworm, Hymenolepis nana. That analysis was verified by a researcher and tapeworm expert at the Natural History Museum in London.
“In the initial months, we wondered if this was a weird human cancer or some unusual, bizarre emerging protozoa-amoeba-like infection,” he recalled. “Discovering these cells had tapeworm DNA was a big surprise — a really big surprise.”