Health/Food Posts Tagged as 'Justice'
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Family can sue Walgreens over woman's death after insurance denial, court says
Does a pharmacy have an obligation to help a patient be sure that insurance will cover a prescription? That's the question at the heart of a landmark case that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled on Thursday.
Yarushka Rivera, 19, of Lowell had epilepsy and took a drug called Topamax to manage her life-threatening seizures. Her insurer, MassHealth, covered the drug, and the family was able to pick it up from their local Walgreens until June 2009 without any trouble.
A month later, after Rivera turned 19, MassHealth wouldn't cover the cost of the drug without a doctor's pre-authorization for insurance coverage. The pharmacy told the family about the requirement and said they would have to pay $399.99 out of pocket for the crucial medication -- money they did not have, according to court documents.
Mayonnaise is disgusting, and science agrees
For much of the past year, I have fought a one-sided battle with a popular fast casual restaurant chain that we’ll call “Ready.” Unlike most restaurants, Ready doesn't make sandwiches, assemble salads, or otherwise perform acts of cookery upon customer request. Instead they sell nominally healthy, whole-ingredient-based pre-made soups, salads, and sandwiches. Because I’m lazy and impatient, I’m Ready’s perfect customer and not just because Ready has a location in Popular Sciences’ building. They also have another four locations (including one that sells beer) along my commute. So you'd think that Ready sandwiches would be a regular part of my nutritional rotation. But they aren't, because Ready’s sandwiches are disgusting.
The problem is that Ready saturates almost every sandwich with a miasma of mayonnaise. When Ready doesn't use mayonnaise, they use a yogurt dressing which is mayonnaise for people who are ashamed that they're eating mayonnaise. The shame is justified, the yogurt dressing is not. Sometimes Ready uses a less vile condiment, like a whole grain mustard—a condiment with dignity. But when they do, the powers that be cannot allow its presence to go unmolested. No, the mustard gets mixed in with mayonnaise in an abomination called mustard-mayo. Mixing Sriracha with diarrhea doesn’t improve the presence of the latter. Why would adding mustard to Satan's sauce improve the situation?
Here’s how to kick nazis off your Twitter right now
While you wait for Twitter to roll out “more aggressive” rules regarding hate speech, which CEO Jack Dorsey promised are coming within “weeks” as of late Friday, here’s a quick workaround to kick nazis off of your Twitter feed right now: Go to the ‘Settings and privacy’ page and under the ‘Content’ section set the country to Germany (or France).
This switches on Twitter’s per country nazi-blocking filter which the company built, all the way back in 2012, to comply with specific European hate speech laws that prohibit pro-Nazi content because, y’know, World War II.
Switching the country in your Twitter settings doesn’t change the language, just the legal jurisdiction. So, basically, you get the same Twitter experience, just without so many of the Swastika wielding nazis.
Officer involved in Utah nurse arrest fired from paramedic job
A Salt Lake City, Utah, detective who arrested a nurse after she refused to let officers draw blood from an unconscious patient has been fired from his job as a part-time paramedic.
Detective Jeff Payne's July arrest of Alex Wubbels, the charge nurse at the University of Utah Hospital burn unit, was captured on bodycam video and later drew national attention, prompting apologies from Salt Lake City's mayor and police.
Gold Cross Ambulance said Tuesday that Payne's termination was effective immediately.
What Is Devocalization? Oregon Court Asks Couple To Surgically ‘Debark’ Dogs
An Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday ordered a couple to surgically remove their pet dogs’ vocal cords through a procedure known as “debarking” or “devocalization.” The court ruling came in response to a lawsuit filed by the couple’s neighbors who said the pets’ “incessant barking” had been annoying them for more than a decade.
The court said the couple had not done enough to quiet their pets and devocalization had become necessary. The medical term used for the devocalization procedure is “ventriculocordectomy.” The surgery is performed for non-therapeutic purposes when the pet owners choose to get it done. The goal in such cases is to minimize, muffle or eliminate dog barking or cat meowing.
International Business Times
Woman Gets $417 Million Verdict From Johnson & Johnson in Baby Powder Cancer Suit
A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.
The verdict in the lawsuit brought by the California woman, Eva Echeverria, marks the largest sum awarded in a series of talcum powder lawsuit verdicts against Johnson & Johnson in courts around the U.S.
Hobby Lobby agrees $3 million fine, forfeiture of thousands of Iraqi relics
Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that retail giant Hobby Lobby agreed to pay a $3 million fine and will forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi relics wrongly labeled as "samples" and smuggled into the United States.
The Department of Justice filed a civil complaint in New York, and announced that Hobby Lobby had agreed to the fine and to forfeit thousands of antiquities including cuneiform tablets and clay bullae that prosecutors said were smuggled through the United Arab Emirates and Israel to the United States using deliberately false labeling practices.
Cuneiform is a system of writing on clay tablets that was used in the region thousands of years ago.
Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Bridget M. Rohde said Hobby Lobby's efforts were deceitful and inappropraite and that when false declarations are made at United States borders, law enforcement will seize the items. She and Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent-in-Charge at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, New York, announced the stipulation of settlement.