Hurricane Harvey has caused massive chemicals spills in the Houston area, but the true scale of ecological emergency might never be truly estimated. Continue reading Chemicals Released in Harvey Flooding Remain a Mystery
The global banking cartel, which is sitting at the top of all the megacorporations running the whole planet, is running out of options to squeeze and milk the population. They just started packing and selling air from the Swiss Alps. Continue reading They Just Started Selling Breathable Air
After the Russians announced that they have the technology of producing any material out of thin air and in industrial volumes using biochemical method of transmutation, now comes these scientists from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT), who succeeded in creating a protein powder out of carbon dioxide and electricity. Continue reading Finnish Scientists Discover Method for Making Fresh Food Out of Thin Air
In “Where have all the workers gone? An inquiry into the decline of the U.S. labor force participation rate” (PDF), Princeton University’s Alan Krueger examines the labor force implications of the opioid epidemic on a local and national level, and the study found out that: Continue reading Nearly 50% of Unemployed Americans are Taking Opioids | Princeton researcher
Everything, from gas to food prices, went up after Hurricane Harvey left Texas devastated and flooded. “A gallon of gas may cost between five and 15 cents more in parts of the country, predicts Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. Prices should fall back down by next week, but that could change if damage from the storm is worse than expected.” Continue reading Surviving Hurricane Harvey Aftermath
The American health insurance company Aetna has landed in hot water after it revealed the HIV status of roughly 12,000 of its customers when sensitive information was mailed out in an incorrect envelope.
The letters, stamped July 28, were sent out to inform clients of a change in pharmacy benefits; however, the HIPPA-guarded information was visible to anyone — a roommate, family member, neighbor, even a postal worker — through a not-so-small plastic window on the front of the envelope.
— AIDS Law Project PA (@AIDSLawPa) August 24, 2017
Sally Friedman, the director of the Legal Action Center in New York City, and Ronda B. Goldfein, executive director of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, along with six other organizations, sent Aetna a demand letter Thursday to get the company to cease sending out the letters and right its wrongs.
Sent on behalf of patients in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Washington, DC, area, Friedman indicated they’d received 23 complaints prior to their Thursday demand letter.
“Aetna’s privacy violation devastated people whose neighbors and family learned their intimate health information,” Friedman said in a statement. “[Clients] also were shocked that their health insurer would utterly disregard their privacy rights.”
According to the demand letter, Aetna’s mishap also included instructions to customers who were taking Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), a medication preventing a person from acquiring HIV.
Despite calling the incident “unacceptable” and saying they were “ensuring something like this never happens again,” the Connecticut company insinuated in a letter it sent to to affected customers on August 2 that the blame should fall on a vendor that chose the incorrect envelope.
Upon their July 31 investigation, Aetna “confirmed that the vendor handling the mailing had used a window envelope, and, in some cases, the letter could have shifted within the envelope in a way that allowed personal health information to be viewable through the window.”
However, speaking to Stat News, Friedman indicated that in every letter they’d seen, the information was clearly visible — not just some.
Aetna’s notification letter went on to emphasize the “the viewable information did not include the name of any particular medication or any statement that have been diagnosed with specific condition.”
Regardless of whether specific medication or the client’s condition was identified, “it creates a tangible risk of violence, discrimination and other trauma,” Goldfein said in a statement.
With the Legal Action Center and the AIDS Law Project considering further legal action, Aetna announced it’s been in touch with the mailing vendor.
“Regardless of how this error occurred, it affects our members and it is our responsibility to do our best to make things right.”
The best way to protect one’s privacy is to have your own healthcare system.
One of the largest hospitals in Sweden decided to cancel appointments for patients suffering from the consequences of botched plastic surgeries in a move that triggered debates, with legal experts saying there is no lawful basis to deny treatment. Continue reading Swedish hospital refuses to treat failed plastic surgery victims | RT News
After listening to the patient’s symptoms, “he” provides checklists for the patient and medical advice based on the results. Then the therapy will be verified by human doctors. Continue reading Artificial Intelligence Beats Doctors at Diagnosing Certain Diseases
The US government under Obama, with the prodding of the Deep State Department stooges, supported the neo-Nazis in Kiev, Ukraine, to topple a duly elected government.The country’s economy continue to spiral into the blackhole.
A few days ago, the same neo-Nazis displayed their burning torches in the streets of Charlottesville, USA, shouting slogans meant to uphold the imagined superiority of the white skin tone.
Nothing could be stupider and moronic than that. Continue reading In 2017, America’s liberal abortion agenda looks a lot like Nazi Eugenics
An African-American Big Pharma CEO has resigned from Trump’s presidential council in a direct response to the president’s remarks about “many sides” being to blame for violence over the weekend in Charlottesville. Continue reading He will have more time to lower ripoff drug prices! – Trump to Merck CEO