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Healthy lunches for students; mechanical bull risks; medical fraudster on the lam – Morning Medical Update


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Nutrition in schools

There are new standards to make school lunches healthier for students, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service. For the first time, added sugars will be limited with the aim of reducing diet-related disease by 2030. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network said it supports the policies.

That’s no bull

Riding mechanical bulls “poses a significant injury risk to children,” up to and including severe brain injuries, according to a new study of patients younger than 18 years who presented to level 1 trauma centers. Most of the injuries involved rented mechanical bulls rented for private events. Read more in this study and accompanying news release.

Fraudster sent to prison

A 13-month prison sentence was ordered for a woman charged with health care fraud and who was a fugitive from justice for more than 10 years. Lilit Galstyan, 61, was indicted in September 2010 for her part in a crime ring that stole personal identifying information of physicians to bill Medicare for more than $40 million for services never rendered. She was sentenced this month, but two known associates remain at large, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General.

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