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‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ Requires No Prior Knowledge of MCU: Shawn Levy

‘Deadpool & Wolverine’ Requires No Prior Knowledge of MCU: Shawn Levy

[ad_1] With numerous films and TV series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it’s a daunting proposition for a newcomer to even think about getting caught up on the various characters and story lines. But Shawn Levy, who directed the upcoming Deadpool & Wolverine, says there will be no “homework” required to enjoy his film. “I was a good student in school. I’ll do my homework as an adult. But I am definitely not looking to do homework when I go to the movies,” Levy told the Associated Press. He added that his goal was to make the already established fans happy but also create a movie that anyone can enjoy. “I very much made this film with certainly a healthy respect and gratitude towards the rabid fan base that has peak fluency in the mythology and lore of these characters and this world,” he said. “But I didn’t want to presume that. This movie is built for entertainment, with no obligation to come prepared with prior research.” The movie sees Deadpool, played by Ryan Reynolds, …

Prior authorizations make growth hormone shortage worse : Shots

Prior authorizations make growth hormone shortage worse : Shots

[ad_1] Winston Hall, 9, needs growth hormone to manage symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic condition. A shortage of the medicine has contributed to behavioral issues that led him to be sent home from school. Bridget Bennett for NPR hide caption toggle caption Bridget Bennett for NPR Winston Hall, 9, needs growth hormone to manage symptoms of Prader-Willi syndrome, a genetic condition. A shortage of the medicine has contributed to behavioral issues that led him to be sent home from school. Bridget Bennett for NPR Dr. Jennifer Miller has been an author of dozens of studies about rare endocrine diseases over the last two decades. Hundreds of patients fly to Gainesville, Fla., from all over the U.S. to see her for treatment. But now, her office is inundated with faxes, emails, texts and phone calls that have little to do with her life’s work. Miller, a professor of pediatric endocrinology at the University of Florida’s College of Medicine, has research papers in her inbox that just need a few finishing touches before publication in medical …

State laws take aim at the health insurance tactic called ‘prior authorization’ : Shots

State laws take aim at the health insurance tactic called ‘prior authorization’ : Shots

[ad_1] Sandra Johnson was responding well to an injectable drug to treat her persistent asthma, but then her insurance company stopped allowing her to get it in a process called “prior authorization.” Kimberly Paynter/WHYY hide caption toggle caption Kimberly Paynter/WHYY Sandra Johnson was responding well to an injectable drug to treat her persistent asthma, but then her insurance company stopped allowing her to get it in a process called “prior authorization.” Kimberly Paynter/WHYY Sandra Johnson started feeling short of breath a few years ago, and sometimes it dramatically limited what she could do. “Getting up to walk from my bedroom to the bathroom, I will be so out of breath that I would have to just sit… to prepare myself to get up to take a shower,” says Johnson, who lives in Plainfield, New Jersey. She has severe persistent asthma, treated by an injectable drug. Her physician had to get approval from her insurance company to prescribe the drug, initially. And then a few months ago, her insurance provider needed prior authorization again, for the …

France had no prior knowledge of Microsoft’s Mistral AI deal, official says

France had no prior knowledge of Microsoft’s Mistral AI deal, official says

[ad_1] LONDON :France had no prior knowledge of Microsoft’s partnership with tech startup Mistral AI, a finance ministry official told Reuters, denying suggestions that French lobbying for looser European AI rules had been on behalf of the U.S. tech giant. Earlier this week, Microsoft said it had made a 15-million euro ($16 million) investment in Mistral, and would soon make the Paris-based company’s AI models available via its Azure cloud computing platform. Following the announcement, a Microsoft spokesperson told Reuters it had invested in Mistral without taking a stake. Later, Microsoft clarified that its investment would convert into equity in Mistral’s next funding round, a common practice among big tech companies investing in AI startups. Mistral and the French government had previously lobbied for looser regulations under the European Union’s wide-ranging AI Act, ostensibly to avoid over-regulating smaller startups. Some EU lawmakers on Tuesday questioned whether Mistral had lobbied on Microsoft’s behalf, and the extent of the French government’s knowledge of the partnership. “That story seems to have been a front for an American-influenced big …

Jack Grealish’s £25k security measures at home prior to £1m burglary

Jack Grealish’s £25k security measures at home prior to £1m burglary

[ad_1] Footballer Jack Grealish’s home has some pretty extreme security measures, and not because he is a fan-favourite star of the England men’s football team. The Manchester City player, 28, suffered a break-in at his lavish £5.6 million Cheshire home with fiancee Sasha Attwood on Boxing Day last year. His mansion was raided by a group of perpetrators who had reportedly planned to rob his home before the burglary that saw the loss of £1 million worth of jewellery but were deterred by a police car nearby. © GettyJack Grealish’s home was robbed It has been reported that Jack’s home was first targeted while he was playing against German team RB Leipzig in the Champions League last November.  It has since come to light that Jack had invested in quite the security measure prior to the attack. The footballer purchased a £25,000 protection dog that lives alongside his pet cockapoo, Skye. © InstagramJack’s security dog (left) cost £25,000 Jack purchased two Belgian Malinois dogs in 2020 from security firm Chaperone K9, after fellow England player Dele Alli …

Only 3 In 10 Americans Were Aware US Had Troops In Syria Prior To Deadly Attack

Only 3 In 10 Americans Were Aware US Had Troops In Syria Prior To Deadly Attack

[ad_1] Authored by Kyle Anzalone via The Libertarian Institute, A recent poll of Americans found that only 30% were aware that US troops were deployed to Syria before three US soldiers were killed just across the border in Jordan. The results of the survey show Americans are generally unaware of the attacks against US forces in Syria and the reason for the deployment. Defense Priorities commissioned YouGov to poll Americans from January 8-15 about the deployment of 900 US troops in Syria. Three in ten Americans responded that they were aware US troops were deployed to Syria. The three US soldiers killed at Tower 22 in Jordan were supporting the US base in southern Syria.  iStock/Getty Images US troops in Iraq and Syria have come under attack over 160 times from Shia militias that operate in the region. The YouGov poll found only a quarter of Americans were aware of the attacks that left scores of US soldiers injured.  The Shia militias say they are targeting American soldiers occupying Iraq and Syria with drones, rockets, and missiles …

Basys.ai grabs .4M for its prior authorization tech powered by Mayo Clinic’s data

Basys.ai grabs $2.4M for its prior authorization tech powered by Mayo Clinic’s data

[ad_1] Prior authorization, a fancy term for your doctor needing to gain approval from your health insurance company before doing a medical procedure, has typically been a heavily manual process involving lots of steps, reviews and people having to work together. Seeking approval from the insurance company is meant to prevent unnecessary procedures and keep healthcare costs down; however, the lengthy process of prior authorization often leads to delayed or even abandoned care. And the administrative costs associated account for between 20% and 34% of U.S. healthcare expenditures. In an effort to fix this, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposal in February designed to address how burdensome prior authorization is on the healthcare system, calling for this process to join the digital world. Some experts have said the CMS proposal paves the way for technology companies to introduce their solutions that will ultimately strengthen the way healthcare data is used. One new company taking advantage is Basys.ai, which helps health plans and health systems adopt value-based care, starting with prior …

SignalFire’s founder says his VC firm lost staffers who “thought we were too cheap” in prior years

SignalFire’s founder says his VC firm lost staffers who “thought we were too cheap” in prior years

[ad_1] For most founders, being seen by employees as cheap isn’t exactly a badge of honor, but venture investor Chris Farmer doesn’t mind. While Farmer’s 10-year-old, seed-stage venture firm SignalFire lost frustrated employees who weren’t able to compete for deals when the market was at its most frothy, he says, holding the line on price appears poised to pay off at long last. For one thing, limited partners just committed a whopping $900 million to the firm across four new funds, doubling in one fell swoop the amount of money that SignalFire has raised previously. Farmer — who says that SignalFire began “pumping the brakes” in 2018 because it “saw the valuations were decoupling relative to company traction” —  is further being vindicated as valuations continue to plummet and founder expectations get reset. So what did Farmer see that others looked past? Data and lots of it, he says. We talked last week with Farmer about that data — which has been a source of pride for SignalFire since its outset — and why he …