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This final rule amends the regulations relating to exclusion authorities under the authority of the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS or the Department). The final rule incorporates statutory changes, early reinstatement provisions, and policy changes, and clarifies existing regulatory provisions.
12, 2017: Federal Register
J L Horreo, G Machado-Schiaffino, E García-Vázquez
Seafood fraud is an economically motivated and widely spread problem encompassing drastic consequences in both public health and species conservation. In Northern Spain, only the first Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) catch of the angling season (named Campanu) can be sold. In the year 2011, an angler denounced it on regional Court claiming that the Campanu (which was sold in 6000€) was fraudulent because it had been caught from another river than the fisherman ("the seller") stated. Here, we report the first judicial case of application of geographical genetic assignment in a fish species in Spain...
January 10, 2017: Forensic Science International
Yajun Wu, Yange Yang, Mingchang Liu, Bin Wang, Meige Li, Ying Chen
The quality of honey is significantly influencedby floral origin. Mislabeling floral species occursfrequently in beehoney products. To protectconsumers from economic fraud and maintain afair market environment, methods to identify floralspecies in honey are necessary. In our study, realtimePCRs were established, targeting six honeytypes mainly produced in China (canola, Chinesemilkvetch, Chinese chaste tree, locust tree, litchi,and longan). Sensitivity testing on DNA from planttissues exhibited LODs of about 0...
January 16, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
Mahsa Alikord, Javad Keramat, Mahdi Kadivar, Hassan Momtaz, Mohammad Naghi Eshtiaghi, Aziz Homayouni Rad
BACKGROUND: Species identification and authentication in meat products are important subjects for ensuring the health of consumers. The multiplex-PCR amplification and species-specific primer set were used for identification of horse, donkey, pig and other ruminants in raw and processed meat products. METHODS: Oligonucleotid primers were designed for amplification of species-specific mitochondrial DNA sequences of each species and samples were prepared from binary meat mixtures...
January 13, 2017: Recent Patents on Food, Nutrition & Agriculture
Mónica Carrera, José M Gallardo
The determination of the geographical origin of food products is relevant to comply with the legal regulations of traceability, avoid food fraud and guarantee the food quality and safety to the consumers. For these reasons, Stable Isotope Ratio (SIR) analysis using an isotope ratio mass spectrometry (IRMS) instrument is one of the most useful technique for evaluating food traceability and authenticity. The present study was aimed to determine for the first time, the geographical origin for all commercial fish species belonging to the Merlucciidae family using SIR analysis of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N)...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Christoph Hoffmann
Argument In spring 1888, an anonymous critic raised severe doubts about Ernst Mach's and Peter Salcher's studies, published one year before, on the processes in the air caused by very rapid projectiles. Paraphrasing the experiments for the French popular science magazine La Nature, the critic insinuated that the photographs upon which Mach and Salcher's argument were ostensibly based must have been of such low quality that they did not allow any well-founded conclusion. The critic did not deny the phenomena Mach and Salcher had presented in their article; he denied that the photographs taken in the course of the experiments could permit any observation of the phenomena...
December 2016: Science in Context
Demian A Willette, Sara E Simmonds, Samantha H Cheng, Sofia Esteves, Tonya L Kane, Hayley Nuetzel, Nicholas Pilaud, Rita Rachmawati, Paul H Barber
Seafood mislabeling is common in both domestic and international markets. Previous studies on seafood fraud often report high rates of mislabeling (e.g. >70%), but these studies have been limited to a single sampling year, making it difficult to assess the impact of stricter governmental truth-in-labeling regulations. This study uses DNA barcoding to assess seafood mislabeling in Los Angeles over a four-year period. Sushi restaurants had a consistently high percentage of mislabeling (47%) from 2012 to 2015, yet mislabeling was not homogenous across species...
January 11, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
Paula A Kiberstis
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January 6, 2017: Science
S P J M Horbach, W Halffman
Even though integrity is widely considered to be an essential aspect of research, there is an ongoing debate on what actually constitutes research integrity. The understanding of integrity ranges from the minimal, only considering falsification, fabrication and plagiarism, to the maximum, blending into science ethics. Underneath these obvious contrasts, there are more subtle differences that are not as immediately evident. The debate about integrity is usually presented as a single, universal discussion, with shared concerns for researchers, policymakers and 'the public'...
December 19, 2016: Science and Engineering Ethics
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In this final rule, OIG amends the safe harbors to the anti-kickback statute by adding new safe harbors that protect certain payment practices and business arrangements from sanctions under the anti-kickback statute. The OIG also amends the civil monetary penalty (CMP) rules by codifying revisions to the definition of "remuneration," added by the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997 and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Law 111-148, 124 Stat. 119 (2010), as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (ACA)...
7, 2016: Federal Register
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This final rule amends the civil monetary penalty (CMP or penalty) rules of the Office of Inspector General to incorporate new CMP authorities, clarify existing authorities, and reorganize regulations on civil money penalties, assessments, and exclusions to improve readability and clarity.
7, 2016: Federal Register
Anna Wexler
BACKGROUND: In recent years, neuroscientists and ethicists have warned of the dangers of the unsupervised home use of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), in which individuals stimulate their own brains with low levels of electricity for self-improvement purposes. Although the home use of tDCS is often referred to as a novel phenomenon, in reality the late nineteenth and early twentieth century saw a proliferation of electrical stimulation devices for home use. In particular, the use of an object known as the medical battery bears a number of striking similarities to the modern-day use of tDCS...
November 29, 2016: Brain Stimulation
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October 2016: Pediatric Dentistry
Raoni Teixeira, Neucimar Leite
The quality assessment of sets of features extracted from patterns of epidermal ridges on our fingers is a biometric challenge problem with implications on questions concerning security, privacy and identity fraud. In this work, we introduced a new methodology to analyze the quality of high-resolution fingerprint images containing sets of fingerprint pores. Our approach takes into account the spatial interrelationship between the considered features and some basic transformations involving point process and anisotropic analysis...
November 22, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
Gregor Pollach, Frank Brunkhorst, Mwapatsa Mipando, Felix Namboya, Samson Mndolo, Thomas Luiz
The "first digit law" or "Benford's law" is a mathematical distribution discovered by Simon Newcomb and Frank Benford. It states, that the probability of the leading number d (d∈{1,…,9}) in many natural datasets follows: P (d)=log10 (d+1)-log10 (d)=log10 (1+1/d). It was successfully used through tax authorities and "forensic accounting" in order to detect fraud and other irregularities. Benfords law was almost neglected for its use outside financial accounting. The planning for health care systems in developing countries is extremely dependant on good, valid data...
December 2016: Medical Hypotheses
Haitham A Yacoub, Mahmoud A Sadek
This study was conducted to find out the fraud in chicken-processed meat ingredients to protect consumers from commercial adulteration and authentication through a reliable way: direct amplification of conserved segment of cytochrome b gene of mitochondrial DNA, in addition, using species-specific primer assay for a certain cytochrome b. The results reported that chicken-processed meats were identified as a chicken meat based on amplification of conserved cytochrome b gene of mtDNA, while different fragments sizes were produced after the application of species-specific primer as follows: 227, 157, 274, 331, 389 and 439 bp for raw meat of chicken, goat, cattle, sheep, pig and horse, respectively...
November 22, 2016: Mitochondrial DNA. Part A. DNA Mapping, Sequencing, and Analysis
Peter L Althausen, Lisa Mead
The Bundled Payments for Care Improvement (BPCI) initiative is the latest cost-saving program developed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. This model is intended to create a system for higher quality and more coordinated care at a lower cost to Medicare. It is currently an optional program for physician groups, hospitals and post-acute care providers to benefit financially from improved care models and cost containment measures. Under the initiative, organizations enter into payment arrangements that include financial and performance accountability for episodes of care...
December 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
M Di Domenico, M Di Giuseppe, J D Wicochea Rodríguez, C Cammà
Fast real-time PCR TaqMan assays were developed and validated for species identification in dairy products. Based on the amplification of 12S rRNA and cytB partial genes of mitochondrial DNA, the methods were demonstrated to be sensitive, fast, and species-specific for Bos taurus, Ovis aries, Bubalus bubalis, and Capra hircus. The limit of detection calculated was lower than 1%, and the efficiency was reported to be higher than 96% in every assay. An internal amplification control was used to detect possible false negatives...
January 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
Ramón Aparicio-Ruiz, Inmaculada Romero, Diego L García-González, Celia Oliver-Pozo, Ramón Aparicio
The potential adulteration of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) with soft-deodorized virgin olive oil (VOO) has raised the interest of researchers in investigating this fraud in recent years. The objective of this study was to determine chemical changes occurring after a soft-deodorization process in terms of volatiles, fatty acid ethyl esters (FAEEs) and pyropheophytins (PPPs) concentrations in VOOs. After testing several conditions (80, 100 and 130°C, for 30 and 60min), the parameters of 100°C and 60min were considered as the optima...
April 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
Marta Ferreiro-González, Gerardo F Barbero, José A Álvarez, Antonio Ruiz, Miguel Palma, Jesús Ayuso
Adulteration of olive oil is not only a major economic fraud but can also have major health implications for consumers. In this study, a combination of visible spectroscopy with a novel multivariate curve resolution method (CR), principal component analysis (PCA) and linear discriminant analysis (LDA) is proposed for the authentication of virgin olive oil (VOO) samples. VOOs are well-known products with the typical properties of a two-component system due to the two main groups of compounds that contribute to the visible spectra (chlorophylls and carotenoids)...
April 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
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