Attorney General Sessions has issued the attached memo to all Department of Justice components and 94 United States Attorney’s Offices prohibiting them from entering into any agreement on behalf of the United States in settlement of federal claims or charges that directs or provides for a settlement payment to non-governmental, third parties that were not directly harmed by the conduct.

“When the federal government settles a case against a corporate wrongdoer, any settlement funds should go first to the victims and then to the American people— not to bankroll third-party special interest groups or the political friends of whoever is in power,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “Unfortunately, in recent years the Department of Justice has sometimes required or encouraged defendants to make these payments to third parties as a condition of settlement. With this directive, we are ending this practice and ensuring that settlement funds are only used to compensate victims, redress harm, and punish and deter unlawful conduct.”

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Businesses Beware—Fraudsters want to cash in on digital data, and your vulnerable e-mail account can give them the keys to the kingdom. One of the biggest dangers lurking in your in-box is a version of a phishing scheme.

In this case, the fraudster sends you what appears to be a legitimate e-mail. He may have hacked someone else’s e-mail account to get to you, or he may have “spoofed” an e-mail address making it look real.

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Kristie Auman-Bauer

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Over 20 percent of older adults suffer from subjective memory impairment, where a person reports having trouble remembering things with no evidence of actual memory loss. Now Penn State researchers are looking into the growing evidence that subjective memory impairment can lead to Alzheimer’s disease in some older adults.

Principal investigator Nikki Hill, assistant professor of nursing, aims to discover how poor self-perceptions of memory, depression, anxiety, and declines in activity are related to actual memory decline over time. As part of a four-year project being funded by the National Institute on Aging, Hill, along with Jacqueline Mogle, assistant clinical professor of nursing, and Martin Sliwinski, professor of human development and family studies, will also identify individual characteristics that contribute to these relationships in hopes of developing better early screening and personalized intervention options for Alzheimer’s disease.

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HERSHEY, Pa. — The buzz of lawn mowers signals the arrival of spring as much as singing birds and kids playing outside. Yet, it’s easy to forget that the machines can cause serious damage if not used safely.

In 2015, lawn mowers were responsible for sending more than 68,000 adults and about 13,000 children to emergency departments nationwide.

“We need to remind people that these are dangerous machines, and the consequences are devastating,” said Mariano Garay, a fourth-year medical student at Penn State College of Medicine.

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Diarrhea caused by parasite is problem for swimming pools and water playgrounds

Outbreaks of a parasitic infection linked to swimming pools and water playgrounds are increasingly being reported to CDC, with twice as many outbreaks in 2016 as in 2014.

At least 32 outbreaks caused by Cryptosporidium (also known as “Crypto”) linked to swimming pools or water playgrounds in the United States were reported in 2016, compared with 16 outbreaks in 2014, according to preliminary data published today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The parasite can spread when people swallow something that has come into contact with the feces (poop) of a sick person, such as pool water contaminated with diarrhea.

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Each day, more than 800 Americans suffer a hip fracture. Most of those fractures are due to falls, and most happen to seniors, who have lower bone density and muscle mass than the rest of the population.

That adds up to a lot of money spent on surgeries, therapy, medication and rehabilitation – not to mention huge losses in quality of life, as half of the individuals who fracture their hips will never walk independently again.

“Traditional Medicare will pay for all the bad things that happen to them, but they won’t pay for an exercise program to prevent falls because there has been no study big enough to prove it works,” said Dr. Christopher Sciamanna, an internal medicine physician at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

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