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Medicare administrator Verma said to have paid private consultants nearly $6 million in taxpayer money for personal image-building campaign – MarketWatch

The consultants, many with Republican ties, billed taxpayers up to $380 per hour for work largely aimed at polishing the profile of Medicare administrator Seema Verma, say congressional investigators

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WASHINGTON (AP) Private consultants to the federal official who oversees Medicare billed taxpayers almost $6 million in less than two years to bolster her personal image, including efforts to win awards, place her on lists of powerful women and arrange meetings with influential people, a report by congressional Democrats said Thursday. The consultants, many with Republican Party ties, billed taxpayers up to $380 per hour on work largely aimed at polishing the profile of Medicare administrator Se…

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Coronavirus lockdown: Students must be allowed home at Christmas – Labour – BBC News

The party says it wants a guarantee from ministers as thousands of young people remain in campus lockdowns.

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Students in some halls at Manchester Metropolitan University are locked down in halls
The government should promise university students that they will be allowed to return home for Christmas, Labour has said.
Shadow education secretary Kate Green said it was “unthinkable” that students could continue to be locked in halls and unable to see their families.
Thousands of students are currently in lockdown at universities across the UK after coronavirus outbreaks.
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San Antonio, Bexar County reports 100 new COVID-19 cases, one new virus-related death – KSAT San Antonio

The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District announced 54,295 total COVID-19 cases and 1,074 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Saturday, an increase of 100 new cases.

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SAN ANTONIO The San Antonio Metropolitan Health District announced 54,295 total COVID-19 cases and 1,074 total deaths in Bexar County, as of Saturday, an increase of 100 new cases.
One new death was reported today.
The 7-day moving average of cases is 162, as of Friday.
City officials also reported a slight uptick in hospitalization numbers.
Health officials said there are currently 228 patients are hospitalized. Of those, 85 are in the intensive care unit and 30 are on ventilators.
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Adequate Vitamin D Levels Cuts Risk Of Dying From Covid-19 In Half, Study Finds – Forbes

Are you getting enough vitamin D? It could help protect you from an adverse Covid-19 outcome.

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Theres new evidence that getting enough vitamin D provides significant support in protecting hospitalized individuals infected with Covid-19 from adverse outcomes.
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) analyzed data from 235 people who were admitted to the hospital with Covid-19. They found that patients older than 40 years old were 51.5 percent les…

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