Doctor Alliance

The doctor alliance is a tricky one! On one hand, the each doctor takes a Hippocratic oath swearing to practice medicine ethically. On the other hand, you’d have to think about it logically. Suppose a doctor were faced with the notion of deciding whether prescribing medication would be just as ethical as coaching you on your diet? The medication would more than likely bring you back to health so wouldn’t it be ethical to prescribe the meds? In a recently written article: Doctors and Pharmaceutical companies, we discussed the fact that pharmaceutical reps offer doctors cash, trinkets as well as trips to tropical destinations in order for the doctors to prescribe their medications.

The Doctors and pharmaceutical companies (see bottom of this article for link) article exposed period in my own life when I was prescribed meds for high blood pressure Soon after, I was able to regulate my blood pressure by regulating my diet. I can’t say with absolute certainty that the doctor who gave me samples of blood pressure medication did it because they simply wanted to promote for a pharmaceutical company. In fact, I did need to do SOMETHING to bring my blood pressure back in line.

However, I do think that the doctors involved could have done more by the way of educating me and trying alternatives (such as diet changes) first. Pharmaceutical companies have been investigated as they some times walk a fine line between what is and is not ethical. Gene Cordoba (former rep) shares his experience in the industry. He states that he has heard reps boast of providing sports tickets to doctors, buying televisions for waiting rooms and even providing tickets to tropical destinations. Cordoba had much success in his days as a rep. His tactics included the simple lunches for the office.

However, if there were a doctor who refused to see Cordoba, he would target those around him. One unique tactic was sponsoring a little league baseball team or bowling league. Soon, the doctor would feel obligated to at least give Cordoba 10 minutes of time to share news of his drugs. Ten minutes is all that is needed when combined with the fact that Cordoba is shelling out money to help support the little league baseball team that the doctor’s son plays for!

There are plenty of examples of companies who are or have been under investigation for unethical tactics. Bottom line is that you are still dealing with individuals (doctors and reps). When there are individuals making decisions and money, lunches and vacations are offered, you will have individuals who will take those gifts and prescribe medication to you as a result.

What should you do?

1) Always ask questions. Don’t take any medications without asking why is this my only option.

2) Do your research. Google is a wonderful place that you can easily find more information about drugs, doctors, your condition and pharmaceutical companies.

3) Get a second opinion. You may be surprised at the difference in opinion.

Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about his relationship with the detail men/pharmaceutical reps of the drugs he prescribes to you. When doctors know your line of thinking and that you are knowledgeable and paying attention to these things, he may be less likely to prescribe unless there is an absolute need, he feels that this is the best option for you AND he has no ulterior motives.

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Engaging an Employment Law Firm

An employment law firm should be one of the first things you look for when you have, or think you have, a legal matter regarding your current or former job. Your attorney will be able to advise you on the validity of your claim and what your options are, as well as develop the strongest case possible should you need to go to court.

You should plan to talk to three to five different firms to find the one that you feel most comfortable handling your case. If possible, get a few recommendations from people you trust. You can also look at online reviews, though these may not be fully reliable as more people will make the effort to complain than to compliment, skewing the results.

If you don’t know anyone who has experienced a situation similar to yours, you can talk to community services (like therapists, support groups, and advocacy groups) about who they’d recommend. Referral services are also available. These simply provide a listing of qualified attorneys in the area.

Most firms will meet with prospective clients at no charge. This is good business for them because it brings more people in. Call ahead to make an appointment or to ask what the best time is to come by. Be prepared with information about your situation. You won’t go into a lot of detail at first, but you should outline your case so the attorney can make an initial judgment about its suitability.

Look for a firm which has experience with the kind of case you are planning to bring. Many law firms have expertise in a wide range of employment law topics. Often, in larger firms, different attorneys specialize in different areas. Newly appointed lawyers have all the same qualifications, but experience can often make the difference in winning a case or getting the maximum settlement you are due.

Find out about the fees that you will be expected to pay. Many firms work on a contingency basis, which means that no fees must be paid until the case is won, at which point they’re pulled from the settlement. If you will be liable for any fees or expenses up front, be sure that you find out.

Ultimately, you should choose the firm with which you feel a good rapport, whose methods and practices align with your own philosophy, and which provides the best value. The combination of these factors which clicks isn’t the same for everyone, which is why it’s a good idea to talk to multiple firms, even if you have a glowing recommendation for one or another.

If you find yourself in a situation on the job which you believe is illegal – even if you aren’t sure – it is worthwhile for you to talk to an employment law firm. You’ll find out if you have a good case and, if you do, what your next steps should be to get the compensation you deserve.

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Java Programming: Benefiting The Software Industry In More Ways Than One

Introducing Java

An object-oriented programming language, the use of Java spans a number of computing platforms. It can be seen practically everywhere nowadays- be it supercomputers, enterprise servers, mobile phones or embedded devices. This programming language has succeeded in bringing a number of advantages to the software industry and also to those who are associated with it.

When James Gosling of Sun Micro Systems unveiled Java to the programming world back in 1995, it was perceived to herald in a new era for computers. Ever since there has been no turning back and Java has emerged as the most popular language that programmers all around the world prefer. It is used for designing softwares as well as a number of other web service applications.

Java, how has it been beneficial for the software industry?

Like most of the other programming languages in the market, Java is in a process of continuous evolution. The language has been subjected to a number of tweaks over the past fifteen years to make it smoother and more efficient. Although their purposes are entirely different, Java is comparable to the PHP programming language that was launched in the same year. The latter is a framework used specifically for innovative website designs, though the fact that it is open-source makes it available to the general public at large in a manner similar to Java.

The various benefits that the use of Java as a programming language provides to the software industry may be summarised as follows:

  • Simple to use: The Java programming language is designed specifically to be extremely user-friendly. Compared to the other programming languages, it is easier to write, compile, debug and learn. This is because it makes use of automatic garbage collection and memory management. New learners find it very easy to apply Java coding within a very short period of time.
  • Java is independent of the platform: One of the biggest advantages of Java is that it can be moved easily from one system to another without creating any unwanted issues. Java is best described as a programming language that you “write once, run anywhere.” It is capable of running at both the binary and source levels as an independent code, while the same code is equally efficient when run on a number of different systems. This is a feature crucial to any World Wide Web software that requires a lot of flexibility for operation.
  • Improved reliability: To be very honest, coming across a programming language that is truly robust is a very difficult task. However, Java has taken care to ensure that all possible errors are removed in the early stages of development. Java compilers are capable of detecting a number of problems at the initial executable stage. As a result, it is considered to be the most reliable programming language by the Java programmers.
  • Java offers multitasking: Java is capable of handling several tasks simultaneously. It is smoothly integrated with multithreaded programming, and works best with network and visual programming. Moreover, it features stable standards that help developers in the creation of multilevel applications with a component-based approach.
  • Assured security service: In the modern age where the revelations made through Wiki Leaks has seemingly opened up a Pandora’s Box, the Java programming language has been put together with prime emphasis on security. With the utilization of the Java language, users are capable of working in a secure environment free from any virus attacks to the host system.

Conclusion

The use of this pioneering programming language that is Java highlights three of its key aspects: overall error-free running, simplicity and versatility. Ever since it was launched, Java has presented the online community with a host of software boasting applications in an equally diverse field. It has taken massive strides in the development process with many pundits drawing parallels between Java and Clarion.

However, what seems to have given Java an upper-edge over its compatriot is the fact that it can be used for writing practically anything. To go through the entire gamut of Java codes is seemingly a mind-boggling experience. The future also looks bright as far as scope for maturation of Java as a programming language is concerned.

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Benefits and Risks of Life Insurance Premium Finance

Life Insurance Premium finance is the safer way of purchasing life insurance, especially for high net worth individuals. It allows a company to borrow the cost of life insurance premiums. It usually occurs when the company has a very high premium that makes it necessary to borrow the amount in part or in whole to prevent reducing the company liquidity.

More often than not, traditional lenders don't provide premium financing, and business owners need to look for specific premium financing providers to secure the loan.

Benefits of Premium Finance

When a company releases a large amount of payment, its owner must first consider whether the funds are needed for the daily operation of the company or for the expansion of the business. And in order to prevent liquidating some of the company assets or using key funds, financing is required.

More often than not, businesses depend on some type of loan to be sustainable. Premium financing is often a part of the debt cycle for company with high corporate owned life insurance costs.

A business owner can finance multiple policies via a single agreement that allows the owner to make a single insurance premium payment a month. In most cases, insurance companies accept premium financing and accept payment straight from the finance provider. When that is the case, the premium finance company will bill the business owner instead of the insurer.

Premium Financing of Non-Qualified Executive Bonus Plans

Premium financing can be used on non-qualified executive bonus plans, which are available for vital employees of any type of corporation. The employer has the discretion to select the workers to cover and the amount of the bonus. The business owner pays for the premiums on the policy, and the employee has to pay tax that's equal to the premium amount.

Financing of 770 Accounts

A 770 account is a permanent life insurance policy that has been structured to maximize its cash value. By maximizing the total death benefit and cash value, you can maximize the cash value of the life insurance policy. More often than not, the cash value is tax-free and can be accessed at anytime.

770 accounts have a very competitive rate of return and can be used as collateral. But the premiums can be high. High net individuals or business owners can resort to financing in order to keep up with the premium payments without the need to liquefy assets.

As you can see, financing life insurance premiums can help individuals and companies that need to pay large amounts of premium. It allows them to stay liquid while providing insurance coverage to oneself or one's employees. This is ideal for corporate owned life insurance programs as well as private banked owned life insurance policies.

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Kingdom Business and Marketplace Ministry

What is a Kingdom Business?

First, I like to say there is a distinction between a Christian business and a Kingdom business. What is that distinction?

For starter, any Christian can be in business and many times that’s just what it is, a Christian in business. Most entrepreneurs start businesses so they can generate a profit and long-term wealth for themselves, including Christians.

There’s nothing wrong with this viewpoint on the surface. However, this type of view can give us a tunnel vision for our business. It can also carry the possible dangers of fueling our own greedy nature and make us lose perspective if our business truly belongs to God.

As born-again followers and servants of our King Jesus, we do not simply run a business like any other organization. In other words, the company we own and run is not solely our own. Everything we have actually belong to our King and we are mere stewards here to further His Kingdom.

Simply put, a Kingdom Business is any entity whose main purpose is to utilize gains from doing business in the marketplace to further the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

What is a Marketplace Ministry?

Now that we have a better understanding of what a Kingdom Business is, I would like to address what a Marketplace Ministry is.

In a nutshell, Marketplace Ministry is God’s strategic plan to reach our world for Jesus through our work or business. Ministry takes place outside the four walls of our church. We spend many countless hours a week in the workplace and how we spend our time should matter.

Many of us Christians often feel detached from the true reality of Sunday worship when compared to the daily grind of our regular work week. We have a hard time when it comes to the integration of our faith and the business world.

Christians, just like anyone else, spend most of their time in the marketplace. Our marketplace ranges from home, business, and community. It’s basically wherever we are engaging with others.

God desires to use Christians as a living testimony to reach those who are lost and don’t know Him. We are God’s people whom He chooses to use as instruments of change in a fallen and corrupted world.

Why Build An Email List?

Some Christians are reluctant to build an email list due to the fact that it can feel really pushy and self-promotional. It feels a lot more like marketing and much less like ministry.

The biggest and worst mistake you can make with your online business whether it’s a Christian one or otherwise is to not develop an e-mail list. Perhaps you’ve heard the term “The Money is in the List” before? This is true even if it’s a non-profit service. By the way, the purpose of any business is to earn a profit.

Well, let me back up just a little bit. It’s not so much as “The Money is in the List”, but as a Christian building a Kingdom Business and bringing your ministry to the marketplace your email list is the best way to connect with your audience. Also, an e-mail list will be your most valuable asset as it’s the only thing that really belongs to you even if you have nothing to sell it’ll allow you to communicate with your subscribers directly.

It’s not a system that belongs to the proprietors such as all the social media platforms. For example, if you were to build a bunch of followers on Facebook or Twitter but never capture their email, how will you contact your audience if the platform bans you or the platform no longer exist?

When To Build An Email List and Who Should Be On Your List?

When? – An old Chinese proverb reads “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

Who? – Most people or “your tribe” if you will, do not provide their email address to just any person, so if someone gets on your list, they have currently shown that they know, like and also trust you to some degree already and those are the ones you want on your list.

Building an authentic email list will require you to recognize the needs of your target audience and simply fulfilling that need. These are the people you are building your email list for.

How To Build an Email List

To begin the list building process you’ll need to create an account with a list management service, such as Aweber, GetResponse, or Mailchimp.

Alternatively, you can go with a self-hosted autoresponder if you are more tech-savvy. I do recommend Aweber as I find it the most user-friendly in my opinion.

The most basic way to entice someone to fill out a subscriber form so that they can get on your email list is to create an “Opt-in Freebie”. The opt-in freebie can be almost anything you want it to be such as, an eBook, Free Report, Check List, a “How To” guide, etc. just so there’s some perceived value there.

You would present your opt-in freebie in the form of a webpage or pop-up box. This is your ethical bribe if you will, in exchange for a person’s name and email address. Once the subscriber is on your list, you deliver what you promised them.

We do this by way of setting up an autoresponder. This can be easily done through your list management service. Remember to keep your follow-up messages or newsletter relevant to your offer and mission.

Your next step is to secure a professional autoresponder account of your own, so that you can begin to build to an email list for your Kingdom Business and Marketplace Ministry.

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Why Use Royalty Free Music?

When creating your own films or simply making videos for YouTube or a Facebook posting, you will certainly need to add a little background music. Beware the music you choose- YouTube and Facebook can shut down your video for copyright infringement.

This happened to me when I created a memorial video that was posted on Facebook. Somehow they ‘knew’ that the music I was using was copyrighted. They did not allow the post to stay up. I worked around the problem by finding royalty free music on the web. I was able to use this music by simply adding a credit at the end of the video. Like everything else, it was a learning curve to find this ‘public domain’ music and then search through the tons of crap out there that is available.

It’s tricky to find music that you don’t have to pay royalties to use. A lot of sites offer that kind of music, the problem is they offer quantity over quality. Most of the sites are hard to navigate and the music is cheesy. Worst of all, some charge a fee up front to download their songs. You can find free quality music out there but as each film project is unique, so is the music. Finding music that matches your vision can be time-consuming.

Royalty free music can eliminate a lot of hassle when creating your videos. You may not be pinged immediately, but chances are, if you are using copyrighted material, someone is going to find out and insist that you ‘cease and desist’. For the average Joe out there, a Creative Commons license is perfect for obtaining music without paying a licensing fee.

For corporations and businesses that want the protection of licensing, a standard license, available for a small fee like $25, allows you to use a song for things like- telephone hold music, radio advertisements or corporate intros where you either don’t want to or can’t give the proper credit in writing. Why hire someone to write the music or pay a royalty if your budget won’t allow it?

I highly recommend looking for a website that is set up in several categories to help you navigate to the music you want quickly. Choose the genre of music such as hard rock or country or orchestral. From there It’s a lot easier to then sample and download songs or just read through the brief description below each song to get a quick ‘feel’ for what might work for you. Some sites even provide a photo for a ‘visual representation’ of each song.

Another nice feature to look for is songs that have a vocal and non-vocal version. One of the advantages to having both versions of a song is you can combine them throughout your film and use them as a recurring theme without repeating the exact same thing over and over and sounding monotonous.

For those who wish to have a completely original soundtrack, many sites offer music services such as score writing and soundtrack editing to make your movie one-of-a-kind.

An important thing to remember when searching for your music- be specific. “royalty free alternative music” will yield better results than just “royalty free music”.

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10 Health Benefits of Apple Fruit

Is it true that five-a-day keeps the doctor away? We are always being told that fruits and vegetables are the healthiest foods you can eat. However, do we all know the benefits of apples? In this article, I have written down ten healthy benefits that you gain with apples. Read below and enjoy!

1) Protect your Bones!

Researchers from French found that a flavanoid named phloridzin which is found in apples only may actually protect women who get virginal bleeding from osteoporosis. Apples can also increase the density of bones as well as strengthening them.

2) Reduce Asthma attacks!

Did you know that Apples could help reduce the effects of Asthma? A study has been shown that many children who eat Apples frequently had suffered less Asthma than those who have little or hardly any.

3) Prevent Lung Cancer!

Due to the high amount of flavanoids in Apples, those who eat more apples can lower their chances of lung cancer by far. Two of the flavanoids are called quercetin and navinin.

4) Alzheimer’s disease: An Apple can stop it

A university has studied that Apples can protect the brains cells from certain damage which could cause Alzheimer!

5) Lower your Cholesterol the Easy Way

It is possible that having a few apples a day could rapidly drop your cholesterol rates. This is because of the pectin that you will find on the skin of the Apples.

6) Reduce Breast Cancer

There has been a study on rats where many of them had eaten a few apples a day. It was discovered that the more Apples they eat, the chances of suffering Breast Cancer was lower.

7) Colon Cancer: Prevent all this Cancers!

Pectin isn’t the only ingredient that cures Breast and Lung Cancer. But it is also a remedy for Colon Cancer. On the other hand, the Pectin can be used to keep a healthy digestive system.

8) Liver Cancer: Can the Mighty Apple Cure this too?

Fortunately, researchers have found that Apples can greatly reduce Liver Cancer. However, having a full Apple could further help.

Would you like to Lose Weight?

You may be finding several different methods to lose weight, but surprisingly women who eat Apples while dieting can lose more weight than women who diet without eating fruit.

Anything else you wish to add to this great list?

Apart from these rather cool discoveries, Apples can help you with other health benefits including:

Obesity

Headache

Anaemia

Arthritis

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World Class Hospitals in Dakar, Senegal

Dakar is the capital and largest city of Senegal and homes National Assembly of Senegal. Dakar, located on the western edge of Africa is a major regional port and also a well-known commercial and administrative center. Dakar is a member of the Organization of World Heritage Cities. Dakar was the finishing point of the famous Dakar Rally (‘Paris to Dakar Rally’) up to year 2009.

Dakar has a number of hospitals in both public and private sectors. Nevertheless, health care centers of global standard with modern facilities are not so common in the city. Still some of the leading hospitals in Dakar are well equipped and offer good quality health service.

This is a note on some of the popular hospitals in Dakar.

The Principal hospital is the oldest and most popular public hospital in Dakar and is located at 1, Avenue Nelson Mandela, Dakar. This huge hospital established by the French Empire in 1890 belongs to the Great Colonial Hospitals, the world famous network of hospitals in former French colonies. The hospital which was operated by the Colonial Health Service with the help of French government has a small beginning as a military hospital and then, after more than a century of existence, developed in to an internationally renowned modern hospital that offers best and cost effective health care service to a very large number of native and foreign people. They have also established a second general hospital in Dakar named Le Dantec Hospital with more than thousand beds in 1912.The hospital offers modern medical service in all major disciplines and employs eminent doctors including some famous French doctors. The hospital has all sophisticated medical equipment and is keen to keep international standard in all their operations. The dense vegetation and tropical gardens around the hospital as well as the comfortable rooms provide a very pleasant stay for the patients. This famous research and training center has a separate school for nurses and midwives in the same campus. Tel. (+221) 33 839-5050. Emergency Services Tel.: 839 5050 Ext. 5294

Clinique du Cap is one of the major private hospitals in Senegal and the hospital is situated at Avenue Pasteur, near old Palais de Justice. B.P. 583. Dakar. This excellent hospital offers high quality clinical, diagnostic and surgical service in all major areas of medicine like departments of general medicine, cardiology, neurology, ophthalmology, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, dermatology, orthopedics, trauma, respiratory allergy, anesthesia, urology, rheumatology, proctology, radiology, plastic and reconstructive surgery and oto-rhino-laryngology. The hospital is well equipped with four operating rooms, maternity unit with modern facilities, pediatric and neonatology unit with various incubators, Intensive Care Units and special adult ICU. Their general biology laboratory and reproductive biology laboratory provide service in hematology, immunology, bacteriology, biochemistry, parasitology, hormonology, cytology and Vitro Fertilization (IVF).The hospital has all sophisticated medical equipment needed to deliver effective health care which includes medical imaging unit, dental X-ray device, two mammography, three mobile X-ray, a bone densitometry unit, an apparatus color doppler ultrasound, a helical CT.,two image intensifiers for surgery and MRI magnetic imaging unit. Clinique du Cap offers excellent accommodation in spacious and air-conditioned rooms as well as various delicious dishes. Special Deluxe (VIP) rooms are also there. Their urgent medical assistance service (S.A.M.U) is also remarkable with fully equipped ambulance and modern devices like cardio scope, respirator and pulse oximetry.. Tel. (+221) 33 889-0202

Clinique de la Madeleine is another renowned hospital in the city that offers quality health care service of global standard. This seven-floor multidisciplinary hospital is situated at 18, Ave. Des Jambaars, Dakar. This modern private hospital has 70 beds provided in 50 air-conditioned and comfortable rooms. In these 35 rooms are single, five are suites and 12 are two bedded rooms. Clinique de la Madeleine offers effective diagnostic, clinical and preventive medical service in all major departments of medicine and their well equipped Department of Surgery with two operating theaters and one post-operation observation room provides service in areas like emergency surgery, elective surgery and plastic surgery. Eminent psychologists, dieticians, speech therapists and osteopaths are also practicing in the hospital. The operation theaters and allied rooms are equipped in accordance with the recommendations of the SFAR and perform 720-800 regular and emergency operations annually, of which 30-40 % are laparoscopic. The hospital has modern ICUs and 3 delivery rooms where about 1,000 deliveries are conducted each year. Their pediatric unit is also noteworthy with various types of incubators and intensive phototherapy lamp, all manufactured by the MEDIPREMA. The Laboratory of Clinique de la Madeleine is remarkable with excellent service in hematology, biochemistry, serology, and bacteriology. The hospital has discovery room, radiology unit and hemodialysis unit. Clinique de la Madeleine is well known for using the latest medical technology and possesses all modern medical equipment ike cardiac and vascular ultrasound Doppler, Holter ECG and Holter blood pressure, a helical CT, an MRI, stress test echo Doppler, ultrasound endoscopy, scanner etc. Tel (+221).33 821 9470/ (+221) 33 821 9476

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Medicare & Medicaid Doctor Directory – How to Find Doctors Who Accept Medicare and Medicaid

If you are receiving Medicare and/or Medicaid, it can often be difficult to find a doctor, be it a general practitioner or specialist, who will accept your insurance. Unfortunately the payment schedules set up by the government have resulted in many doctors opting out of the system because they simply cannot afford the substantially lower payments for Medicaid/Medicare services as well as afford to pay for the substantially greater paperwork involved in taking such patients.

Sadly, government has had a tendency to reduce reimbursement payments, not increase them, and do not seem to be interested in covering the actual cost of providing services.

Not only that, but private insurers are not longer willing to “subsidize” public patients by paying higher rates, so doctors cannot shift the ever-increasing costs to them.

As a result, at a time when more and more doctors are opting out of the system, those doctors who still take Medicare and Medicaid patients generally limit the number they will serve, so finding a doctor who will take your Medicare or Medicaid insurance is not as easy as simply opening the phone book and making a phone call. Indeed, it probably will take some real time and effort on your part.

There is not, and never has been, any requirement that doctors treat patients insured by Medicare or Medicaid. Therefore, people with Medicare or Medicaid are increasingly turning to federally funded clinics, or even to emergency rooms that cannot, by law, turn them away. Sadly, using emergency rooms for non-emergency health care is unbelievably expensive, making the lower reimbursement Medicare/Medicaid rates not financially wise in the long run.

So, how do you find a doctor that will take new Medicare/Medicaid patients?

Well, first of all, do not expect to find a doctor or, should you find one or a clinic taking Medicare/Medicaid patients, do not plan on getting an appointment quickly. Sadly, that will not happen very often. Indeed, if you need quick care, the emergency room is likely to be your only recourse.

To track down Medicare/Medicaid providers, you can contact your local health department or social service agencies to find out more information and there are a number of Medicare and Medicaid doctor directories online. While they cannot guarantee you an appointment, they do have access to information about current providers.

You can also go to the Medicare website at Medicare.gov or call them at 800-633-4227 (TTY 877-486-2048) to find Medicare providers in your area, although there is no guarantee they will be accepting new patients. It is worth a try, though.

Also, managed care is probably a better bet than private practice. HMOs organized by private insurers have a practical interest in having HMO doctors taking government-insured patients, while Prepaid Health Plans (PHPs) are generally run by hospitals or medical schools, and often only accept Medicaid patients.

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10 Top Tools For Java Application Developers

At present, Java is more popular than other programming language. It is also a programming language which is used widely by developers for building desktop GUI application, web applications, web services and mobile apps. But the developers still need robust frameworks, IDEs and development tools to write the applications in Java rapidly and efficiently. Each developer also has option to choose from many Java frameworks, IDEs, and development tools according to his specific needs.

Overview of 10 Widely Used Java Frameworks, IDEs, and Development Tools

1) Spring MVC

Spring is one of the mature and popular Java web frameworks available in the market. In addition to supporting model-view-controller (MVC) software development paradigm, Spring also simplifies common programming tasks like database integration, web services creation, and security. The programmers also have option to use Spring Boot to create Java web applications that can be deployed without dealing without complex XML configurations. Spring Boot further comes with a number of production-ready features like health checks, metrics and externalized configuration. The most recent version of the framework further comes with a command line tool that allows programmers to run Groovy scripts, and prototype web application quickly using Spring.

2) JavaServer Faces Technology (JSF)

Oracle has developed JavaServer Faces Technology (JSF) as the official Java EE web framework. The framework developed through Java community process helps programmers to create server-side user interfaces rapidly. It allows users to create websites rapidly by keeping the presentation layer separate from application logic. The developers can even use the JavaServer Faces UI component tags to connect the application logic and presentation layers of the project without writing any additional code. The members of the community also provide new JavaServer Faces APIs regularly to simplify Java web application development process.

3) Vaadin

Vaadin makes it easier for programmers to write server-side components of single-page web applications in Java. The developers can also use to Vaadin to develop web UIs with HTML. They can further take advantage of the robust Vaadin Elements containing a variety of customized HTML elements for business applications. They can even use components like charts, data grids and combo box to extend the Google Polymer library. The tools provided by Vaadin Pro further help developers to make their web applications more interactive and mobile-friendly, along with reducing coding time significantly.

4) Google Web Toolkit (GWT)

The web toolkit from Google helps developers to make the web applications more responsive by compiling the Java code into JavaScript. As JavaScript is supported by each modern web browser, the compilation enhances the website's accessibility and performance. The GWD SDK includes a compiler and a development server, along with core Java APIs and widgets. These components enable developers to write client-side applications in Java, and then deploy the frontend code as JavaScript. At the same time, the GWT compiler optimizes the code base by removing dead code and reducing performance bottlenecks.

5) Grails

Grails is a version of Ruby on Rails for Java platform written in Groovy programming language. The programmers can integrate Grails seamlessly with the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). They also have option to extend and enhance the framework by either creating custom plug-ins or using existing plug-ins. At the same time, they can also avail several advanced features provided by the framework including NoSQL support, integrated ORM, asynchronous programming, and compile-time meta-programming. The users can also take advantage of domain-specific languages ​​to effectuate querying, validation and markup rendering.

6) Play Framework

In addition to being a MVC web framework, Play is also designed with features to simplify development of web services. The framework further supports multiple JVM-based programming languages ​​including Java and Scala. Features like stateless services and asynchronous I / O make Play different from other Java web frameworks. The users can further take advantage of the code refresh feature of the framework to check the impact of changes made to the code instantaneously without rebuilding or restarting the whole project. Play further enables programmers to avail a wide variety of plug-ins, testing tools, and IDEs while helping developers to build scalable web applications.

7) Dropwizard

As a modern and lightweight framework, Dropwizard helps developers to build and deploy both Java web applications and web services. It further focuses on the glue between various components to provide an integrated development experience to programmers. The latest version of Dropwizard further takes advantages of the new features included in Java 8 to enhance the application's compatibility and security. It further allows programmers to monitor and assess the behavior of the code in production environment using Metric libraries.

8) Eclipse

The open source IDE is written in Java, and designed with features to simplify development of a variety of Java applications. It supports major platforms like Windows, Linux and OS X. The users can easily customize Eclipse according to their specific needs by using a wide range of plug-ins and extensions. They can even avail a set of useful features provided by Eclipse including Windows Builder, XML Editors and Tools, Maven Integration, Git Team Provider, Mylyn Task List, and Code Recommenders Developer Tools.

9) NetBeans

The open source IDE is written in Java, and enables developers to build desktop, web and mobile apps with Java. In addition to being cross-platform, NetBeans also supports an array of programming languages ​​in addition to Java. The users can further build a variety of Java applications efficiently by availing the robust features provide by NetBeans including quick and smart code editing, GUI development tools, static analysis tools, debugger and profiler. Also, NetBeans make it easier for programmers to update their existing applications to Java 8.

10) JSource

Despite being a lightweight IDE, JSource comes with features to facilitate cross-platform application development with Java. It is also developed fully with Swing component. JSource is also designed with features to help programmers to create, edit, compile and run a variety of Java files efficiently. However, it supports syntax highlighting for several programming languages ​​in addition to Java. The Java programmers also have option to integrate JSource with other widely used Java frameworks and development tools.

On the whole, Java developers have option to choose from many frameworks, IDEs and development tools. But each tool may not complement all needs of each project. Hence, the developer must pick the right Java development tools according to the requirements of individual projects. He can even consider combining these frameworks, IDEs and development tools to enhance the functionality and performance of Java applications.

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