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What is HIPAA and why is it so important? Ask the lawyer

Q: I just want my own records from a hospital, but have to submit a specific form to comply with HIPAA.  The form seems burdensome. What is HIPAA and what is the reason for it? A.L., Long Beach Ron SokolA:  HIPAA is the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which was enacted in 1996. The primary purpose of HIPAA is to protect patient privacy. Hence, sensitive patient health information cannot be given to others unless authorized or consented to by the patient. Privacy of your health records is considered very important. Note that HIPAA applies to health care providers, health plans, health care clearinghouses, and business associates engaged in such activities as claims processing, data analysis, utilization review and billing. HIPAA therefore impacts doctors, denti...

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Stranded canyoneer in Utah’s Zion dies while dangling overnight on his rope

A man who became stuck while rappeling in Zion National Park died after spending hours dangling from a rope in a canyon, park officials said. Andrew Arvig, 31, of Chesapeake, Virginia, was in a party of three canyoneers who had set out Saturday on a route through Heaps Canyon. “They had difficulty negotiating the last few rappels in the canyon, which delayed their exit,” said the report Monday from the park. On the last rappel, Arvig went first, descending toward Upper Emerald Pools. He overshot a ledge — the “Bird Perch,” about 280 feet above the pools — where he was supposed to stop and re-anchor the rope for the last part of the descent. He could not get back to the ledge, 20 feet above him, and he did not have enough rope to descend. His two companions employed a backup method using...

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‘Real Housewives of Orange County’ adds a doctor: ‘I make women pretty for a living’

Ask Dr. Jen Armstrong how she met the women of “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” the reality show which she’ll join this season, and she needs some clarification: personal or professional? “I’ve known Braunwyn for quite a long time; our kids went to preschool together,” she says of Braunwyn Windham-Burke, who left the show before the 16th season, which premieres on Bravo on Wednesday, Dec. 1. “But I was just in contact with so many women through my practice, aesthetic medicine,” Armstrong says of the medical field also known as cosmetic dermatology. “I make women pretty for a living. “So I think that’s how it all came about, like, I have treated a lot of the housewives. A lot of the cast members, current and past, have been patients of mine.” Dr. Jen Armstrong is one of two new c

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Hayden Panettiere Soaks Up Sun in Tahiti, Stirs Scream 5 ‘Surprise Appearance’ Rumors

Actress Hayden Panettiere is known for her roles on Nashville (Juliette Barnes), Heroes (Claire Bennett), and in films including Remember the Titans (Sheryl Yoast), I Love You, Beth Cooper (Beth Cooper), and Scream 4 (Kirby Reed). It’s been three years since Hayden has appeared on a TV show (Nashville ended in 2018) and five years since she appeared on the big screen (Custody with Viola Davis was released in 2016). View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hayden Panettiere (@haydenpanettiere) Recently, the 32-year-old Hollywood star has returned to Instagram and is delighting her fans with personal photos. The pics above and below are from her stay in Tahiti with her brother (see below). View this post on Instagram ...

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Stocks slip on Wall Street over renewed concerns over virus

By DAMIAN J. TROISE Stocks fell on Wall Street Tuesday after the head of a major vaccine maker expressed concern about how effective current jabs will be against the new variant of the coronavirus. The S&P 500 fell 0.5% as of 10:28 a.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 287 points, or 0.8%, to 34,849 and the Nasdaq was little changed. Financial companies has some of the biggest losses. Banks fell broadly along with sliding bond yields, which hurts their ability to charge more lucrative interest on loans. The yield on the 10-year Treasury fell to 1.42% from 1.52% late Monday as investors sought to reduce their exposure to risk. Bank of America fell 1.8% and Discover Financial Services shed 2.9%. U.S. crude oil prices, which depend on a strong economy, fell 2.8% and weighed...

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Miss Universe Jamboree Could Be the Dumbest COVID Gamble Yet

Photo Illustration by Thomas Levinson/The Daily Beast/GettyJERUSALEM—When Israel announced they were hosting this year’s Miss Universe pageant just four months ago, the country’s tourism minister was jubilant. “I fully hope that in December we will be celebrating not only the new Miss Universe here in Israel,” he said. “But most importantly, the end of the world pandemic!” He may have spoken too soon. The new Omicron variant was detected in Israel just as the contestants were getting off long-haul flights and settling into their quarantine hotels. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Bad toys: What, and how, not to buy for the 2021 holiday season

Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized hundreds of Lagori 7 Stones toys, a popular game in which kids toss a ball at seven stacked, square stones to knock them down. A lab analysis found the toys were coated in lead, cadmium and barium — heavy metals that can impair the brain and nervous system, make breathing difficult and lead to numbness and paralysis. Last year, the European Commission issued safety alerts about counterfeit L.O.L. Surprise! dolls containing phthalates, a chemical that softens plastic but is also an endocrine disruptor that can impact the reproductive and immune systems. The chemical also was found in counterfeit Disney Frozen II dolls. Clip Clop Infant Activity rattles were recalled in April by the Consumer Product Safety Commission because the plastic h

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Candice Patton “Flashes” Toned Abs In Crop Top, “I’m Not Allowed To Show Midriff on TV”

On the Season 8 The Flash episode ‘Armageddon, Part 3,’ Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) meets Black Lightning (Cress Williams) at the Hall of Justice after things take a dire turn with Despero (Keith David). Meanwhile, Iris West-Allen (Candice Patton) suspects something is off with Despero’s vision of the future so she seeks help from a powerful ally. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Candice Patton (@candicepatton) Hours before the episode airs, Candice shared the gorgeous knotted crop top selfie above with the caption: “Flash tonight.” When asked if she’s wearing an Iris outfit, Candice replied: “lol no. This is just a shirt I wore into work. I’m not allowed to show my midriff on tv anymore.” View this post on Instagram ...

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Niles: Why Disneyland should eliminate its annual pass program

Is it time for Disney to get rid of its annual passes? The Disneyland Resort has stopped selling two of its four Magic Key annual passes, while Walt Disney World in Florida has stopped selling three of its four annual pass levels. It might seem odd to suggest that a company drop a product that is so successful it’s selling out. But Disney’s theme park annual passes are not a traditional consumer product. Sign up for our Park Life newsletter and find out what’s new and interesting every week at Southern California’s theme parks. Subscribe here. In theory, Disneyland and Walt Disney World could sell an infinite number of annual passes. Some cynical fans might suggest that Disneyland came pretty close to doing that before it ended its old annual pass program earlier this year. Just as long as

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Wish Book: Santa Cruz farm provides jobs to the homeless, food for the community

SANTA CRUZ, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 26: Brenda Deckman , who was once homeless until she turned her life around, holds a photo taken of her and her son, DJ, during a reunion after 18 years at United Peace Church in Santa Cruz, Calif., on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.(Shae Hammond/Bay Area News Group)  THE WISH BOOK SERIES The Wish Book is an annual series of The Mercury News that invites readers to help their neighbors. WISHDonations will help Homeless Garden Project buy farm supplies and pay trainee wages. Goal: $12,500. HOW TO GIVE Donate at Brenda Deckman had lots of jobs in her life. Nurse’s aide. Manager of a Subway sandwich shop. Home health care aide. Laundromat worker. But after a turbulent marriage that ended with her losing custody of her 5-year-old son, she fell into a deep depression, s

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Why not blame the president for gas prices? Roadshow

Q: Comparing U.S gas prices to Europe’s and suggesting we should be happy is wrong-headed. The more appropriate comparison is pre- and post-Joe Biden’s election. You may not like Donald Trump, but you surely liked gas prices during his administration. He pushed the U.S. to energy independence, a scenario in which our energy prices were insulated from the rest of the world. President Biden has reduced the production of oil in the U.S., he stopped the Canadian pipeline and instituted other measures to restrict fossil fuel production here. Then he asks OPEC to produce more. How does that move reduce greenhouse gases? It does not. We have lost our energy independence, which makes the U.S. more vulnerable to supply-demand elsewhere in the world. Chuck DeVita, Hollister A: A president gets too m

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49ers mailbag: Trey Lance idling while Jimmy Garoppolo harmonizes with Kyle Shanahan

SANTA CLARA — A three-game win streak has the 49ers’ fans buzzing with playoff hope and never-ending quarterback chatter, so here are the highlights for this week’s mailbag via my Instagram and Twitter huddles: Did Kyle Shanahan realize that keeping Trey Lance on the sideline (unless it’s garbage time) was overall better for the team’s psyche and morale? (@sportsdood27) “It’s more about me,” Shanahan explained Monday. “Calling plays, we get into a rhythm attacking defenses and what fronts they’re playing, what coverages. Every play kind of plays off the next play. You get a feel, players do and I do, of what we’re going to do. “What’s been hard on me, and I didn’t realize, is that when you bring in a quarterback with a different set of plays, it’s like the first play you’re seeing a new de

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Ex-Islamic State Member Gets Life for Torture Killing of 5-Year-Old Yazidi Girl

ReutersA German court on Tuesday sentenced a former Islamic State follower to life behind bars for the brutal 2015 killing of a young Yazidi girl who was chained up and left to die slowly in the scorching hot sun. The man, a 29-year-old Iraqi citizen identified only as Taha Al-J, was found guilty of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity for his role in the terror group’s slaughter of the Yazidi religious community in northern Iraq. According to Agence France-Presse, he passed out in the courtroom after the verdict came down. The trial in Frankfurt marks the first genocide conviction in the world against a former member of the group for their attack on the Yazidis, a brutal campaign that began in 2014 and the United Nations said involved “killings, sexual slavery, enslavement,...

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Travel to Mexico during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

Editor’s note: Coronavirus cases remain high across the globe. Health officials caution that travel increases your chances of getting and spreading the virus. Staying home is the best way to stem transmission. Below is information on what to know if you still plan to travel, last updated on November 29. If you’re planning to travel to Mexico, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic. The basics Mexico is open to travelers. There is no need to provide a negative PCR test or quarantine on arrival, though most resorts ask guests to fill out health questionnaires. The land border between Mexico and the United States has been reopened to nonessential travel since November 8, 2021 Vaccinated American air travelers returning to the US need a neg

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Ask Amy: The bride’s rudeness was hurtful to us all

Dear Amy: My daughter said that she got the wedding of her dreams. Amy Dickinson Family and friends came from far and wide to celebrate her nuptials. It was lovely in every respect, and both her mother and I were thrilled that things went as she wanted. However, she was so caught up as the center of attention that she ignored the common tradition of greeting each table and saying a few words to their guests. Even after I asked her to speak to the guests, she ignored my brother and sister and their families entirely. He let me know the next day how hurt they were. Related Articles Ask Amy: Out of nowhere, my girlfriend sent me an unthinkable text Ask Amy: I’m afraid to tell her she’s not coming on this cruise Ask Amy: M

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