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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1492

Parliament to inquire into public health: The UK's House of Commons health committee is to examine the coordination between central government, local government, health authorities, and primary care groups in promoting and delivering public health. Written evidence, needed by 5 July, can be sent to the Clerk of the Health Committee, House of Commons, London SW1 3JA.

Columbia/HCA Healthcare fined: The United States justice department has obtained the largest healthcare settlement ever, in which the nation's biggest healthcare provider has agreed to pay $745m (£465m) in civil penalties. A government inquiry alleged that the company fraudulently inflated bills for patients treated in Columbia's hospitals and by its home healthcare businesses to increase the amount that it was reimbursed from Medicare and other federal health programmes.

NICE establishes guidelines advisory committee: the National Institute for Clinical Excellence has set up a committee to advise on clinical guidelines.

Capsule endoscope developed: Scientists from the Royal London Hospital and an Israeli company, Given Imaging, have developed a tiny capsule that can be swallowed to relay video images. It could replace the need for intrusive procedures such as conventional bowel endoscopy.

Cheap sunglasses may offer adequate protection: Cheap sunglasses can offer as much protection from ultraviolet damage to eyes as expensive designer pairs, according to research by Health Which? The consumer magazine tested 12 pairs of sunglasses ranging in price from £1 to £89. All met the requirements of British Standard BS EN 1836:1997.

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