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Millions of elderly immigrants, mainly Spanish speakers cannot participate in clinical trials because they cannot speak English.  The reason is that clinicians and researchers do not believe that using interpreters can properly accomplish the neuropsych testing, according to a study published in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Dr. Benjamin Sommers, who studies health policy for vulnerable populations at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says the problem goes beyond clinical trials and affects diagnosing as well. He recently had trouble arranging for neuropsychological testing to diagnose a Spanish-speaking patient who did not speak English fluently. Under-representation of ethnic minorities in neuropsychology is a realistic concern that has garnered increased attention over the past few years. The problem is one that is difficult to answer. Neuropsychologists who work with interpreters may be  erroneously interpreting an individual’s performance as “normal” (false negative) or impaired (false positive) for some neuropsychological tests because of the language barriers and there aren’t enough Spanish speaking neuropsychologists to run the tests. Scientists are trying to find new ways of administering the tests which will allow for competent results with interpreters.

 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked a drug-resistant salmonella outbreak, which has affected 100 people in 29 states, back to certain raw chicken products. 

The Salmonella infections have been linked to raw chicken products, but regulators have not identified any one specific source, product, or common supplier.

So far, 92 people have become sick across 29 states, including California, Washington, Texas, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Maine. There have been no reported deaths, but at least 21 people have been hospitalized form food poisoning.

Marijuana may be legal in some states in the United States, but it is federally prohibited. This means it is illegal to bring marijuana bought in Canada across the border into the United States.
This is the case even if you are flying into a state where it is legal, such as Colorado.  Crossing international borders with cannabis is illegal.
Flying with pot from Vancouver to Montreal, on the other hand, is perfectly legal so long as you meet the age requirement and carry no more than 30 grams of cannabis.

Harmful drugs are commonly found in dietary supplements people take for weight loss, or muscle building, sexual enhancement or general health according to a new analysis. When California health department researchers took a closer look at more than 700 supplements subject to warnings from the FDA over a 10-year span, they often found drugs like sildenafil (Viagra), the heart drug sibutramine, and synthetic steroids, all of which could be harmful.

50% of adults in the U.S.  consume dietary supplements, which is now a $35 billion industry. These supplements include vitamins, minerals, botanicals, amino acids, and enzymes that according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are not intended to treat or prevent disease.  In the recent study, c ertain drug ingredients were commonly detected across products marketed for the same purposes . Overall, 287 of 353 adulterated sexual enhancement supplements (81.3%) contained sildenafil (166 of 353 [47.0%]) and/or at least 1 of its structural analogues (134 of 353 [38.0%]). Sildenafil is the active pharmaceutical ingredient in Viagra, which is a prescription medication manufactured by Pfizer Inc for erectile dysfunction. Analogues are metabolized in the body into active pharmaceutical ingredients. In the beginning of the 10-year period from 2007 through 2016, analogues of sildenafil were detected in a majority of adulterated sexual enhancement supplements (Figure 2). In 2012, however, the proportion of products containing sildenafil began to increase.

Harvard’s Dr. Pieter Cohen — who penned a commentary that accompanies the study — says the FDA’s “dereliction of duty” is to blame for tainted supplements still on the market. He says that the FDA plays an essential role in ensuring the safety of vitamins.  He also suggests that there are major deficiencies in the FDA’s regulation of supplements.

A Chinese-led coalition threatens to further tighten control of the rare earths trade with the purchase of the only operational rare earth metals mine in America. The Mountain Pass Mine in the California desert south of Las Vegas was a powerhouse producer of REEs from 1965 to 1985, at which point China took over global production and never looked back. Mountain Pass was shuttered from 2002 to 2012 because it couldn’t compete with the low prices coming out of China. After a brief revival from 2012 to 2015, Mountain Pass closed for good in 2016 and its owner, Molycorp, filed for bankruptcy. This past June, an investor group with alleged ties to the Chinese government bought the mine for $20.5 million, beating out American bidders including entrepreneur Tom Clarke of ERP Strategic Minerals.

The Complaint alleges that  Musk met for less than an hour with three representatives of Public Investment Fund, at Tesla’s Fremont, California, plant on July 31 during which the lead representative for the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund expressed interest in taking Tesla private if the terms were “reasonable.”

On Aug. 24, Musk stated that Tesla would remain public, citing investor resistance.

The United States filed a civil complaint against Foo Yuan Food Products Company, Inc. (Foo Yuan) of Long Island City, New York, its Owner and President Hsing Chang, and its Secretary Susan Chang, to stop them from preparing and distributing adulterated seafood products in violation of federal law. The FDA inspected Foo Yuan’s facility in 2014, 2016 and from December 2017 to January 2018.  According to the complaint, at each inspection, FDA documented significant deficiencies.  For example, as alleged in the complaint, during the most recent inspection, FDA observed a failure to maintain the cleanliness of food contact sources, and a failure to ensure that all persons working in direct contact with food, food contact surfaces and food-packing materials conform to hygienic practices to protect against food contamination.

The complaint notes that, following the October 2014 inspection, FDA issued a warning letter notifying Foo Yuan and Hsing Chang that they were in violation of seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point and current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations, causing their products to be adulterated under the law.

The complaint notes that, following the October 2014 inspection, FDA issued a warning letter notifying Foo Yuan and Hsing Chang that they were in violation of seafood Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point and current Good Manufacturing Practice regulations, causing their products to be adulterated under the law.

Some legal authorities are commenting that Elon Musks public mention of taking Tesla private may have violated Securities and Exchange Commission Rule 14e-8. This prohibits publicly traded companies from announcing plans to buy or sell securities if executives don’t intend to follow through within a reasonable time.  The purpose of the rule is to prevent manipulation of the  stock price. Musk tweeted “Am considering taking Tesla private at $420. Funding secured.”  This tweet resulted in a stock price spike of Tesla to $387.49 closing price. At $420 per share, this would mean Tesla would need to come up with $71 billion to take the company private. I don’t think there is a violation despite the unusual nature of Musks tweet.

Here is the language of the regulation at issue

Sec 240.14e-8 Prohibited conduct in connection with pre-commencement communications.

Wells Fargo Bank will pay the U.S Treasury $2.09 billion to settle charges that it originated and sold residential mortgage loans which it knew contained misstated income information. Also that it did so when they did not meet the quality that Wells Fargo represented. Investors, including federally insured financial institutions, suffered billions of dollars in losses from investing in residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) containing loans originated by Wells Fargo.  “This settlement holds Wells Fargo accountable for actions that contributed to the financial crisis,” said Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio. “It sends a strong message that the Department is committed to protecting the nation’s economy and financial markets against fraud.”

The Government alleged that, despite knowing that a substantial portion of its stated income loans had misstated income, Wells Fargo did not disclose this information Instead, it reported to investors false debt-to-income ratios in connection with the loans it sold. Wells Fargo also allegedly heralded its fraud controls while failing to disclose the income discrepancies its controls had identified. The United States further alleged that Wells Fargo took steps to insulate itself from the risks of its stated income loans, by screening out many of these loans from its own loan portfolio held for investment and by limiting its liability to third parties for the accuracy of its stated income loans. Wells Fargo sold at least 73,539 stated income loans that were included in RMBS between 2005 to 2007, and nearly half of those loans have defaulted, resulting in billions of dollars in losses to investors.

The Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA)FIRREA authorizes the federal government to seek civil penalties against financial institutions that violate various predicate criminal offenses, including wire and mail fraud. The United States alleged that, in 2005, Wells Fargo began an initiative to double its production of subprime and Alt-A loans. As part of that initiative, Wells Fargo loosened its requirements for originating stated income loans – loans where a borrower simply states his or her income without providing any supporting income documentation.

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