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New CDC Director questioned about financial conflicts

A U.S. Senator is criticizing the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for an apparent financial conflict of interest that the senator says may prevent the director from doing her job. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald became director of the Atlanta-based CDC in July, and was required to sell a range of stocks she owned, including beer and soda companies, the tobacco company Philip Morris International, and a number of health care companies such as vaccine manufacturers and health-care companies. “I’ve done everything that they’ve requested, in a timely manner…

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'Serious doubts' over whether FA bosses should continue as evidence is questioned

There are “serious doubts” whether FA bosses are fit to stay on after a “shambolic” performance at a hearing in parliament, MP Damian Collins says. FA chairman Greg Clarke and chief executive Martin Glenn were answering questions after discrimination claims against ex-England boss Mark Sampson. “What the FA wouldn’t do was acknowledge their failings,” Collins told BBC sports editor Dan Roan. “It raises doubts about whether they are right to take the FA forward.” “I think we need to see a real acknowledgement from the FA on their own failings,…

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Google DeepMind patient app legality questioned

The head of the Department of Health’s National Data Guardian (NDG) has criticised the NHS for the deal it struck with Google’s DeepMind over sharing patient data. In a letter dated February and leaked to Sky News, Dame Fiona Caldicott throws doubt on the legality of sharing 1.6 million patient records. Patients should have been informed about the deal, she says. Google said that the deal was covered by “implied consent”. This rule exists to allow the NHS to share medical data with third parties for direct patient care, without…

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