Jeffrey Adams, a resident of McCracken County, Ky., was arrested and indicted on suspicion of attempting to or obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Adams was arrested after he had two clonazepam prescriptions filled within two days, officials say. The doctor who issued the prescription verified that only the first prescription was valid, according to authorities.
Amanda Lynn Dunn, a former laboratory worker at Hazard, Ky.-based Ace Clinique of Medicine, pleaded guilty Monday to falsifying drug test results as part of a fraud scheme operated by her employer. Clinic operator James Chaney is accused of ordering employees to falsify urine drug test results and improperly billing federal health care programs, according to the indictment. Dunn will be sentenced in November and faces a maximum of five years of imprisonment.
Telemedicine is proving to be a valuable tool for acute care providers to reach out to patients in rural areas, but some in the industry hope the technology could soon be widely used also to deliver long-term care to elderly patients. Signature Healthcare, a long-term-care provider in Louisville, Ky., is testing a telemedicine cart equipped with a touch-screen display and camera system to enable patients to interact with doctors remotely.
New South Wales, Australia, Chief Veterinary Officer Ian Roth urged owners to vaccinate horses for Hendra after a canine death in the country. "You'll not only be protecting your horse, you'll protect yourself, your family and your companion animals," said Dr. Roth. Officials believe the dog contracted Hendra through direct contact with an infected horse. Four people in Queensland have died of Hendra virus infection since 1994.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine found a gene mutation in Weimaraners associated with spinal dysraphism in dogs that may help scientists better understand neural tube defects in humans. The genomes of four Weimaraners with spinal dysraphism were analyzed, as were the genomes of 96 Weimaraners with no spinal abnormalities. The gene NKX2-8 on chromosome eight, part of a group of genes known to cause developmental defects, mutated in a specific way in Weimaraners that were affected with the neural tube problems.