Health-Care Industry Faces Greater Scrutiny Around Payments to Doctors to Promote Products

The health-care industry’s longstanding practice of paying doctors to explain and promote products is under review after a government watchdog last month issued a rare warning.

The special fraud alert by the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services—its first in six years—will at minimum prompt pharmaceutical and medical-device companies to take a hard look at the policies and controls associated with their speaker programs, compliance professionals say.

Under such programs, companies typically pay a health-care professional an honorarium to give speeches or presentations about a company’s drugs or medical devices. Those payments aren’t improper or illegal per se, but they pose a risk for companies under the Anti-Kickback Statute, which prohibits inducing or rewarding referrals or orders for items and services reimbursable under Medicare and Medicaid.

The alert may cause the industry to move away from the promotional practice altogether in the long

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AHA News: Eating Foods That Promote Inflammation May Worsen Heart Failure | Health News

By American Heart Association News, HealthDay Reporter


MONDAY, Nov. 30, 2020 (American Heart Association News) — People with heart failure who eat a diet high in foods that cause inflammation are twice as likely to end up in the hospital or die as those who eat foods known to reduce inflammation, new research shows.

“If people with heart failure can reduce the amount of pro-inflammatory foods that they eat, it might help with their survival,” said lead researcher JungHee Kang, a nursing research assistant and PhD student at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Diet has been shown to play a role in regulating inflammation, which is associated with many chronic illnesses, including heart disease. Diets high in foods such as red meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy products have been shown to increase inflammation, while foods such as olive oil, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables have been

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Ad Council announces $50M plan to promote COVID-19 vaccinations

Nov. 24 (UPI) — The Ad Council has announced it plans to launch “one of the largest public education campaigns in history” in an effort to encourage Americans to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The public service communications non-profit said Monday it was launching the $50 million campaign in partnership with the COVID Collaborative, a group of leading experts in health, education and the economy.

“Widespread adoption of the COVID-19 vaccine is our generation’s ‘moonshot’ and will represent one of the largest public health interventions in our nation’s history,” Ad Council President and CEO Lisa Sherman said in a statement. “By bringing together the worlds of communications, public health and policy, we can transform life as we know it today and save hundreds of thousands of lives.”

The announcement came as AstraZeneca announced its COVID-19 vaccine candidate had shown “positive high-level results” against the coronavirus, becoming the third pharmaceutical in

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Citizens pedal to promote fitness : The Tribune India

Karnal, November 22

With an aim to promote cycling and to create awareness about fitness, Cyclothon-2020 was organised in the city under the ‘cycling for a change’ challenge by Smart City Limited.

Nishant Kumar Yadav, Deputy Commissioner, who is also CEO Smart City, Ganga Ram Punia, Superintendent of Police, and Vikram Singh, Commissioner, Karnal Municipal Corporation, along with hundreds of residents pedalled in the city to promote cycling.

The cyclothon started from Sector-8 and ended at the same place after passing through various roads of the city on Sunday.

Counting the aims of this initiative, the DC said that one should adopt cycling to save the environment from pollution as the number of vehicles on the roads was increasing day by day. “We have taken up cycling for a change concept which will encourage people to adopt cycling,” the DC maintained.

He appealed to the residents to adopt cycling

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Countries worldwide should promote good nutrition for school-aged children

Countries worldwide need to increase emphasis on the need for healthy nutrition from childhood, including school years to adulthood, to help in brain development, a scientist says.

According to Majid Ezzati, co-author of a study that has found Sub-Saharan Africa with six of the world’s top ten countries with low adolescents’ birth weights, says that such interventions will help children grow taller without gaining excessive weight for their height.

The interventions will be context-specific but they should broadly be policies that increase the availability and reduce the cost of nutritious foods, as this will help children grow taller without gaining excessive weight for their height.”

Majid Ezzati, co-author of a study

“These initiatives include food vouchers towards nutritious foods for low-income families and free healthy school meal programmes, which are particularly under threat during the [COVID-19] pandemic,” Ezzati,

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