FirstFT: Russian troops storm Ukraine

[ad_1] Good morning. This article is an on-site version of our FirstFT newsletter. Sign up to our Asia, Europe/Africa or Americas edition to get it sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning How well did you keep up with the news this week? Take our quiz. Vladimir Putin’s forces stormed Ukraine and mobilised for […]

How Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will hit the global economy

[ad_1] A conflict that could develop into Europe’s biggest since the second world war has shattered hopes of a strong global economic recovery from coronavirus at least in the short term. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Thursday shook financial markets and the increased geopolitical tensions are set to exacerbate high inflation and supply chain bottlenecks. […]

UK savers withdraw £7bn from cash Isas

[ad_1] UK savers pulled a record amount of money out of cash Isas in the second half of last year, as low interest rates and mounting living costs dimmed the products’ appeal. Savers took out more than £7bn from cash Isas in the six months to December — the biggest half-year withdrawal since they were […]

UK consumer confidence plunges as surging living costs take toll

[ad_1] UK consumer confidence plunged in February and many measures of spending remained below pre-pandemic levels as surging living costs hit morale even before Russia invaded Ukraine. The consumer confidence index, a closely watched indicator of how people view the state of their personal finances and wider economic prospects compiled by research company GfK, fell […]

Canada authorizes first plant-based COVID-19 vaccine

[ad_1] Canada has become the first country to authorize use of a plant-based COVID-19 vaccine. Canadian regulators said Thursday Medicago’s two-dose vaccine can be given to adults ages 18 to 64, but said there’s too little data on the shots in people 65 and older. The decision was based on a study of 24,000 adults […]

As ‘stealth omicron’ advances, scientists are learning more

[ad_1] The coronavirus mutant widely known as “stealth omicron” is now causing more than a third of new omicron cases around the world, but scientists still don’t know how it could affect the future of the pandemic. Researchers are slowly revealing clues about the strain, a descendant of omicron known as BA.2, while warily watching […]

Medicare Advantage plans gain record hold on the market in 2021, study says

[ad_1] For-profit plans grabbed 85% of new enrollees last year, according to analysis by The Chartis Group. More older adults bought into Medicare Advantage last year than ever before, with private insurers capturing another 3% of the market from traditional Medicare, a new study says. Medicare Advantage companies added 2.3 million enrollees in 2021, with […]

Centene CEO Michael Neidorff to take leave of absence

[ad_1] Centene Corp. Chairman and CEO Michael Neidorff is taking a medical leave of absence effective immediately, the insurer said Thursday. St. Louis-based Centene named James Dallas as acting chairman in Neidorff’s stead, while its day-to-day management will be led by vice chairman of the board Sarah London, president and chief operating officer Brent Layton, […]

Former President Bill Clinton Endorses CBD

[ad_1] The 10th annual invite-only Impact Forum is well underway in Orlando, Florida. Well-heeled attendees and thought leaders gathered at GuideWell Innovation Center in Lake Nona to listen to panels on crucial topics regarding the convergence of medicine and societal advancement, including healthcare and the future of modern wellness. Renowned Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta […]

Providers push for higher reimbursement as Congress debates mental health legislation

[ad_1] Providers, patient advocates and key lawmakers are taking aim at health insurers as Congress drafts legislation to tackle the behavioral health crisis, arguing that low reimbursement rates and restrictions on coverage are limiting access to care. Members of Congress are looking to toughen enforcement of mental health parity laws and address a reimbursement paradigm […]