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10/15/2021

A small study conducted with novice female runners found that the more runners paid attention to their body, the more physically and psychologically draining running became. Additionally, the more runners distracted themselves from the physical aspects of running -- such as by watching a video while on a treadmill -- the easier running became, and their performance improved, suggesting the findings could be used to help help workouts feel more tolerable.

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The New York Times
10/15/2021

According to the FDA, more than 70% of the sodium consumed by Americans comes from salt added by the food industry, which is later sold in stores or restaurants. The FDA has requested that the food industry voluntarily reduce the amount of sodium added in 163 categories of packaged, processed and prepared foods.

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CNN
10/15/2021

William Precht of Kent, Ohio, was sentenced to 37 months in prison and was ordered to pay over $1.25 million in restitution after pleading guilty to theft of government property and conspiracy to commit wire fraud, among other charges in a 28-count indictment. Authorities said Precht, a former supervisor at the Cleveland Veteran Affairs Medical Center, fraudulently used his VA-issued purchase card to make purchases from a company he controlled for more than $1 million, among other offenses.

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Department of Justice
10/15/2021

Virtual medical assistants can streamline office workflows by handling scheduling, data entry, benefits verification and other tasks, but technology outages can impede access, and communication with VMAs is not always straightforward, writes physician Naveed Saleh. Practices that choose to employ VMAs should first have protocols and backup plans in place, Saleh advises.

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10/15/2021

US mortality from drug overdoses has hit another record high, climbing by 29.6% to 96,779 from March 2020 to March 2021, the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics reports. Opioids accounted for the largest share of overdose deaths, followed by synthetic opioids, excluding methadone.

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The Hill, CNN
10/15/2021

The FDA has approved Merck's Keytruda, or pembrolizumab, as a first-line treatment for recurrent, persistent or metastatic cervical cancer with tumors that express PD-L1. The treatment is combined with chemotherapy and may be administered with or without bevacizumab.

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cervical cancers, tumors
10/15/2021

A report from the Health Care Cost Institute outlines how health care use and costs changed between 2015 and 2019, including per-person spending, which grew nearly 22% to surpass $6,000 during that period. The report analyzed cost factors like prescription medications, outpatient care, professional services, and hospital admissions.

10/15/2021

Retail sales for September rose by 0.7%, surpassing expectations by Dow Jones economists that they would decline by 0.2%. Sales were up 13.9% compared to the same month last year.

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CNBC
10/15/2021

Financial advisers who are nearing retirement need to have some kind of succession plan, writes Scott Hanson, co-founder of Allworth Financial. There are a number of alternatives to consider, including bringing on a younger adviser to take over and selling to a larger firm, Hanson writes.

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Scott Hanson
10/15/2021

The FDA has asked outside advisers to meet in November to discuss Merck's COVID-19 drug, molnupiravir, which means that an approval decision likely will not appear until December. It's the first time the agency has brought together its outside experts ahead of ruling on a treatment for the virus.

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The Associated Press