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Recognizing measles; $4 million for foot baths; royal medical records – Morning Medical Update


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Pop quiz on the measles

You may remember measles was declared eliminated in the United States in 2000. And you’re still reading headlines about how people who refuse vaccinations end up in measles outbreaks around the country. But would you know the illness if a patient showed up at your office with it? Check out this quiz by a fellow physician.

Soaking Medicare for foot bath funds

The U.S. Department of Justice announced a federal grand jury convicted a Tennessee podiatrist for defrauding Medicare in a $4 million phony foot bath scheme. Nathan Lucas, DPM, 59, was charged for mixing drug cocktails with antibiotics and antifungal drugs for patients to dip their toes in. But in some cases the medicines were not even water soluble.

A princess’ protected health information

The Daily Mail is reporting “the hospital where Kate Middleton was treated is at the centre of a huge security scandal” because staff were wrongly trying to access her medical records when she sought treatment for an abdominal issue in January. The London Clinic is investigating.

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