Jules Rabin

‘Medical Overtesting’ Can Cause Big Problems

By at April 4, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Medical Overtesting’ Can Cause Big Problems

FOOTLOOSE AND... According to Rosemary Gibson, co author of The Treatment Trap, and innumerable medical pundits, Americans are being subjected to far too many medical tests. For example, nearly two thirds of women who have had hysterectomies and half of women over 65 without a cervical cancer background report taking recent pap tests despite the recommendation more...

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Heard Of Online Bidding For Medical Services?

By at March 28, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Heard Of Online Bidding For Medical Services?

FOOTLOOSE AND... The ongoing stories about sky-high costs from some medical practitioners and facilities never seem to end. Now there is some help available. MediBid.com is an online service where doctors and facilities bid for a patient’s business. Citing one recent case, where a 62-year-old patient was given a local hospital’s estimate for a hip replacement at more...

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Want To Save Time? Skip Left Turns!

By at March 14, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Want To Save Time? Skip Left Turns!

FOOTLOOSE AND ...  It is a “trick” that delivery drivers have used for years — and it works. You can save time, gas and money if you avoid idling in the left turn lane and make three right-hand turns instead. It is safer, too. One firm happy to confirm this rather surprising information is UPS. It used mapping software that limits the number of left turns its more...

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Do You Need To Get More Vitamin D?

By at January 24, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Do You Need To Get More Vitamin D?

FOOTLOOSE AND… Increasingly vitamin D has become part of discussions about nutrition and general health. Do you need more of this “sunshine vitamin?” Let’s take a look. Vitamin D strengthens your immune system, helps move your muscles and aids nerve impulses in traveling through the brain and body. It may also lead to less weight gain, fewer problems with more...

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A Better Condom… Thanks To Bill And Melinda

By at January 17, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

A Better Condom… Thanks To Bill And Melinda

FOOTLOOSE AND... The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation underwrites a bushel basket of wonderful projects worldwide. One which recently came to the fore centers around a contest to create an improved condom. Believe it or not, there were 812 ideas submitted, and 11 were chosen as winners of $100,000 each. After the winners develop their ideas, the eventual winner more...

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Roy Halladay Belongs In Baseball Hall Of Fame

By at December 27, 2013 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Roy Halladay Belongs In Baseball Hall Of Fame

FOOTLOOSE AND… Yes, his retirement announcement, at 36, did make most of the media, and yes, there were a few highlights of his magnificent career mentioned in some of them, but let me be among the very first to start the push to put pitcher Roy Halladay into baseball’s Hall of Fame on the first ballot! What were some of Halladay’s fabulous accomplishments? more...

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College Prez Salaries Still A Bonanza

By at December 20, 2013 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

College Prez Salaries Still A Bonanza

FOOTLOOSE AND… Admit it, you probably have never heard of Chatham University, have no idea where it is located and what areas of education it specializes in. But now you will know the name of its president, Esther L. Barazzone, as well as her salary — $1,812,132. After all, she makes some $160,000 more than the president of Yale University, Richard C. Levin more...

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‘Positive Train Control’ Is Long Overdue!

By at December 13, 2013 | 12:01 am | 0 Comment

‘Positive Train Control’ Is Long Overdue!

FOOTLOOSE AND… The horrific train derailment in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., which recently killed four passengers and injured over 60, most probably could have been prevented if the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) had put in place a 2008 federal law mandating “Positive Train Control,” which is technologically setup as a fail-safe system to prevent such more...

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Black Friday Holds Shopping Record? Nope!

By at November 29, 2013 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Black Friday Holds Shopping Record? Nope!

FOOTLOOSE AND… So you had a notion that the really big shopping day worldwide was America’s “Black Friday.” Think again, my friends. Recently, Chinese shoppers spent at least $5.7 billion in an online shopping spree on “Singles Day,” loosely is akin to our Valentine’s Day. Chinese “Singles Day” started in the 1990s as something of an more...

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Health Insurance For Your Pet? You Betcha!

By at November 15, 2013 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Health Insurance For Your Pet? You Betcha!

FOOTLOOSE AND… If you are like most pet owners, you might well have thought about how much you might spend to keep your pet healthy and alive. Well, Americans spent well over $53 billion on their pets in 2012 . And remarkable medical advances nowadays help keep pets able to recover from previously serious, and often untreatable, sicknesses or injuries. Medical more...

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