I saw that the New York Times had an article on the Fitbit Tracker last week and wanted to post a short follow up for our readers. We first mentioned that the Fitbit Tracker was shipping back in September.   We were impressed by the device’s size, features and price (not to mention that is has no monthly fee after the…

In my days of lecturing about global health care services to prospective expatriates, it was never a surprise to see scores of retirees stationed up front. They showed a high level of interest by nodding and taking copious notes. They had come to hear about health care services available around the globe. Although many retirees love the idea of a…

2009 has not been a great year for air travel anywhere in the world.  Too often the headlines told of tragic accidents and not enough miracles.  This news is surely weighing on millions of global citizens booking flights for their holiday visits and vacations.  We’ve offered perspective on travel associated risks in the past and the Book of Odds reminds…

One thing that‘s most likely NOT on your holiday wish list this year is Deep Venous Thrombosis (DVT), but if cialis effect on blood pressure you are going to be traveling for any significant periods of time, you are at risk for developing one. Regardless of your age or physical health, you are susceptible to these blood clots that form…

In our post, Show Your Respect and Savoir Faire: Learn the Local Customs, we introduced the Culture Shock series as a useful source for you to consult before taking a journey overseas.   Recently, one of our contracted physicians, Dr. Paul E. Zakowich, published a new title in that series: Culture Shock! A Survival Guide to Medical Safety.  This addition to…

As we pointed out in an earlier post crime can happen anywhere.  Criminals don’t spare you because you’re on vacation or traveling for business; in fact, they often target out-of-towners.   Even the beautiful islands known for their “no worries” attitude are now worried about getting their crime rates under control.  While our previous post focused on being aware of and…

Here at HTB we’ve taken an interest in what we’re calling comparative healthcare with an eye toward what we can learn from lifestyles and cultures around the globe.  Now that the healthcare reform debate in Congress is reaching a crescendo, we think it’s a good time to ask this: “How do you measure the effectiveness of a healthcare system?” We…

I started out today with the task of posting a short note about a cool new use for one’s mobile phone.  As Sarah Perez recently wrote at ReadWriteWeb, STAR Analytical Services received a Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop software that can make a diagnosis based on the sound of a cough on…

When did tryptophan become the cause of our post-meal slumber?  I did a little Google Timeline search and found a citation back in the seventies, but it seems to really have picked up its mythical legs in the late 80s and 90s.  Now, one can find tryptophan gift items.  The tryptophan molecule t-shirt I first saw (do I have to…

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