Posts By Andy Orr

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal posted about cabin fume events - how problems during a flight can cause real air quality issues for the crew and passengers.  Hopefully, these events are rare and that raising the red flag in the press will help the airlines improve things so that they become rarer still. However, even on flights without specific problems,…

Cisco and UnitedHealth Group announced last week a new partnership to build the first national telehealth network.  Calling Connected Care "the house call for the 21st century," United's CEO Stephen Helmsley added that it will "make it easier for people to receive care where distance has been an obstacle." Some thoughts on this: Will new technology reverse the need for…

A HealthyTravelBlog reader recently wrote us to follow up on our post Going Mobile: Global Travelers and Communication Technology.  It turns out he represents Symantec's Norton Internet Security products.  Although there are some blatant plugs for Symantec, his (and Symantec's) advice is important, so we decided to post it in full: My name is Gerritt Hoekman and I work for…

Humans are an interesting species.  We have brains with the most cognitive powers available to any known species, yet we fall into traps that cause us to make the same mistakes repeatedly.  We tend to overreact to things, and we love to make connections and attach causality to unrelated events.   I read a great article recently where I learned the…

Yesterday's Yemenia Airlines crash was the second one this month involving a large number of passenger fatalities.  Although there is at least one survivor and hopefully more, these events renew anxieties about flying and overshadow just how safe flying commercially has become. The Internet is a great tool for researching airline safety, but it is easy to get swamped by…

Ok, I admit it, I am not a runner.  Not really, anyway.  I was on the track team in high school, but focused on events that are over before you even realize that you are breathing hard. For many travelers, however, getting in their run is an important way for them to maintain their daily routine.  Before the Internet, finding…

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