Posts By Christie Erdman

Study abroad programs offer increasing numbers of college students the opportunity to be immersed in a new culture, learn a foreign language and travel around the world.  According to recent studies, study abroad programs also afford them the opportunity to increase their alcohol consumption.  In a study following 177 overseas scholars, University of Washington researchers found that students doubled how…

When CBS news correspondent Lara Logan was sexually attacked last month in Cairo, it made global headlines. But whether it is cat calling or something much worse, sexual harassment in public is the norm for women worldwide. Numerous surveys find women cannot escape verbal abuse, and a shockingly high percentage has suffered physical abuse in trains, buses or other crowded…

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) has taken a step to improve the screening experience for travelers with medical conditions.  Following complaints from travelers who encountered embarassing or uncomfortable situations during security screenings, the TSA has issued health condition notification cards that travelers can fill out and discreetly hand to a TSA officer before going through the screening device.  The card,…

The Child Passenger Safety in the Air and in Automobiles forum was held last week in Washington.  Here members of the NTSB, the FAA and the Association of Flight Attendants all agreed that a young child is safer when buckled into a safety restraint on an airplane than when just held in a parent’s lap.  Despite this consensus, the FAA…

Head injuries on the ski slopes have decreased due to increased use of helmets and improved equipment, and the sport could be made even safer if everyone used the equipment properly.  In the 2009-10 season, a total of 25 skiers and 13 snowboarders died in a span of 59.8 million skier/snowboarder days, making the sport relatively safe—after all, 46 Americans…

Eating healthy while traveling can be difficult, especially when on a plane.  Thankfully, the nutrition website DietDetective.com has made this easier by conducting an annual airline nutrition survey.  Charles Stuart Platkin, the author of the survey and visiting assistant professor at CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College, has ranked eight popular airlines with a “health score” based on…

Management for the seaside resorts in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the popular destination for scuba divers, has advised visitors to stay out of the water following five shark attacks in the past week.  The attacks left one woman dead and four others seriously injured.  Egypt’s tourism ministry closed beaches after a 70-year old German woman was killed while snorkeling, and they…

Amid the controversy surrounding the new full-body scanners at airport security checkpoints, an important question has been raised: Are the new scanners safe?  The scanners emit a small amount of radiation, and according to an article in the New York Daily News, many frequent fliers and airline pilots are worried about the dangers of this radiation.   The Transportation Security…

Authorities in Tehran have declared the second government holiday in a month due to deadly air pollution.  All schools, public offices, and banks will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday December 2nd and 3rd because conditions have been determined to be “polluted and unhealthy.”  Children, the ill and the elderly have been urged to remain indoors, and all sports and…

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