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When “prior authorization” becomes a medical obstacle

When “prior authorization” becomes a medical obstacle

Slowly but steadily, Marlene Nathanson was recovering. She had a stroke in November 2022 at her home in Minneapolis and spent a week in the hospital; Later, when she arrived at St. Paul's Episcopal Homes for rehabilitation, she could not walk. The weakness of her right arm and hand made her unable to feed herself and her speech remained somewhat slurred.But after three weeks of physical, occupational and speech therapy, "she was making good progress," said her husband, Iric Nathanson. “Her therapists were very encouraging.” Mrs. Nathanson, then 85, had begun getting around using a walker. Her arm was getting stronger and her speech was almost back to normal.Then, one Wednesday afternoon, one of his therapists told the Nathansons that their Medicare Advantage plan had denied a req...
The condemnation slows, but does not stop, Israel's assault on Rafah

The condemnation slows, but does not stop, Israel's assault on Rafah

But in the bigger picture, said Gabi Siboni, a reserve colonel and fellow at the conservative-leaning Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, the main problem is that the army is only concerned with dismantling the Hamas military system and not of the civil one. Hamas's control over the civilian sphere will be the springboard for rebuilding its army, he said.In his view, there is no alternative to a transitional period of Israeli military rule in Gaza that could last several years.Hayman said that while the military effort to capture the city of Rafah at this pace could last another two to three weeks, the process of dismantling Hamas facilities could take much longer. "The choice is between withdrawing or strengthening control and trying to hide Hamas," she said. “You could ...
Ether cryptocurrency ETFs are approved by the SEC

Ether cryptocurrency ETFs are approved by the SEC

Federal regulators on Thursday approved an investment product tied to the cryptocurrency Ether, the most valuable digital asset after Bitcoin, in a major boost for the cryptocurrency industry.The Securities and Exchange Commission said a group of exchanges may begin listing investment products known as exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, tied to the price of Ether. The products would offer people a quicker and easier way to invest in cryptocurrencies, potentially boosting prices and promoting wider adoption of digital currencies.In January, the SEC approved similar products that track the price of Bitcoin, leading to a flurry of new investments that helped push the price of Bitcoin to a record high.The impact of Ether approval may take longer to hit the market. Before exchanges can begin off...
The UN Court's decision adds to Israel's growing isolation

The UN Court's decision adds to Israel's growing isolation

In 2011, a former Israeli prime minister, Ehud Barak, warned that Israel would face a “political-diplomatic tsunami” of censorship if its conflict with the Palestinians remained unresolved as peace talks faltered and the revolution spread across the country. the entire Middle East.For Israeli foreign policy analysts, the tsunami has never seemed so close.The International Court of Justice, an arm of the United Nations, on Friday ordered Israel to suspend its military campaign in Rafah, southern Gaza, adding to a growing list of diplomatic and legal moves against Israel that have undermined its position international.The ruling came just days after prosecutors at the International Criminal Court, another international tribunal, called for the arrest of Israel's prime minister and defens...
Beef tissue from a sick cow tests positive for avian influenza virus

Beef tissue from a sick cow tests positive for avian influenza virus

Bovine tissue from a sick dairy cow tested positive for the avian influenza virus, federal officials said Friday.According to the US Department of Agriculture, the cow was ordered to be slaughtered because it was sick and the meat was not included in the food supply. The department continued to emphasize that the commercial food supply remained secure.But the positive test, which is part of an ongoing federal study on the safety of beef, raises concerns that the virus could enter the commercial beef supply, posing a risk to human health.So far the virus, known as H5N1, has only been detected in dairy cattle and not in beef cattle raised for meat. But experts believe the outbreak is larger than the official count of 58 affected dairy farms in nine states.“It is clear that this situation i...
What to know about the UK general election on 4 July

What to know about the UK general election on 4 July

Polls suggest the centre-left Labor Party is set to return to power after more than a decade in opposition, which would bring a fundamental realignment to British politics.How does Britain vote?The United Kingdom – which includes England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales – is divided into 650 constituencies.Voters in each constituency select a candidate to represent them as a member of Parliament, and the political party that wins the most seats usually forms the next government. The leader of that party also becomes prime minister.To gain an absolute majority, a party must secure 326 seats. If the party at the top fails to achieve this, the result is known as a “Hung Parliament” and the party may try to form a coalition government with other parties. In 2010, the Conservatives join...
Google AI Overview Search errors cause furore online

Google AI Overview Search errors cause furore online

Last week, Google unveiled its biggest search shift in years, showing off new artificial intelligence features that answer people's questions in the company's bid to catch up with rivals Microsoft and OpenAI.The new technology has since spawned a litany of falsehoods and errors – including recommending glue as part of a pizza recipe and ingesting rocks as nutrients – giving Google a black eye and causing an uproar online.Incorrect answers in the feature, called AI Overview, have undermined trust in a search engine that more than two billion people turn to for authoritative information. And while other AI-powered chatbots tell lies and behave strangely, the backlash has shown that Google is under more pressure to safely incorporate AI into its search engine.The launch also extends ...
Israel claims to have destroyed weapons, tunnels in Rafah and other news.

Israel claims to have destroyed weapons, tunnels in Rafah and other news.

WEWorldBusinessArtsLifestyleOpinionAudioGamescookingNippersAtleticoMay 24, 2024Updated 10:50am ETIsraeli forces continue to press into Rafah over the past 24 hours, destroying “weapons storage facilities, as well as tunnel shafts,” the Israeli army said in a statement on Friday. Hamas has released a steady stream of updates on its Telegram channel claiming that its armed wing was targeting Israeli troops with mortars and explosive devices in Rafah. Israel said on Thursday it was fighting deeper into the city in what it believes is a limited operation against Hamas battalions.Some of the aid arrived in Gaza through the temporary dock built in the United States was distributed after days of delay, a spokesperson for the World Food Program said said Thursday. On Tuesday, the Pentagon said ...
Cannabis surpasses alcohol as Americans' favorite daily drug

Cannabis surpasses alcohol as Americans' favorite daily drug

For the first time in history, cannabis has surpassed alcohol as Americans' daily drug of choice.In 2022 there were 17.7 million people who reported using cannabis every day or almost every day, compared to 14.7 million who reported using alcohol with the same frequency, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Addiction that analyzed data from the United States. National survey on drug use and health.Although many more people drink than use cannabis, frequent use has become slightly less common than it was about 15 years ago, the study found. But the percentage of people in the United States who frequently use cannabis increased 15-fold in the three decades after 1992, when daily cannabis use hit its lowest point.The legalization of cannabis has also accelerated rapid...
Sports betting company drops Boris Johnson from football advertising

Sports betting company drops Boris Johnson from football advertising

The script for the high-profile advert had been signed, the star had been hired and the creative team at Irish sports betting firm Paddy Power were confident they had secured a victory ahead of a big sporting summer.Even with his back turned, and even before the big reveal, the man in the England number 10 shirt would be instantly recognizable by his build and pale hair: Boris Johnson.“I told you I would take us back to Europe,” the script called for Johnson to say, a perfunctory – and false – quip from a man who helped lead the Brexit campaign that led to Britain leaving the European Union.But the commercial will never air.Dublin-based Paddy Power was forced to cancel the planned clip - set to become the cornerstone of its advertising campaign for a busy summer which will include the Euro...