Posts By Christie Erdman

Traveling a long distances for the holidays?  A recent study at the University of California, Berkeley, found that chronic jet lag causes memory loss and learning problems.  Psychologists conducted a trial that subjected hamsters to 6-hour time shifts twice a week for four weeks and then compared the jet-lagged hamsters’ performance on learning and memory tasks to a control group. …

Central Java’s Mount Merapi continues to erupt, and to the casual observer, it may seem to be in a remote part of the world. But Merapi has been identified by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) as one of the few volcanoes around the world that poses a serious risk to human populations.  The…

Mount Merapi erupted just before dusk on Tuesday, shaking the region and spawning more than 600 earthquakes.  According to a New York Times report, the eruption killed at least 29 people, and many others are being treated for respiratory issues and severe burns.  Tens of thousands of people have been driven from their homes, many of which no longer stand.  The area…

The most volatile volcano in Indonesia has been experiencing increased activity in the past 24 hours.  On Monday, the Indonesian government raised the alert for Mount Merapi to the highest level and reported that the magma has risen to about 1km below the surface. About 500 volcanic earthquakes were recorded on the mountain over the weekend.  Officials have reported that…

With epidemics and outbreaks threatening many developing countries, there is a need for more epidemiologists and public health workers to collect data and respond to the situation.  International law now requires countries to report certain outbreaks or public-health events and to improve their disease surveillance and response capabilities, but a shortage of trained epidemiologists limits their ability to comply.  The…

Off the coast of Italy, distressed swimmers are getting more than just a human lifeguard-they are also getting a dog.  There are some 300 fully-trained “Lifedogs” helping to keep swimmers safe at popular Italian beaches during the summer months.  These specially trained canine lifeguards wear a harness and can tow swimmers needing assistance back to safety by providing them with…

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal addressed two studies that show the health benefits of planning and taking a vacation.  According to the studies, wellness factors such as health status, mood, and tension, energy and satisfaction levels all improved before and during vacations.  Unfortunately, these factors all dropped back to their original levels or lower after returning to…

Last week, Mexico’s top epidemiological official reported a rise in the number of cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) throughout the Gulf coast state of Veracruz.  The disease is moving towards Tamaulipas state and is getting closer to the United States border.  The recent flooding in Mexico has been a factor in the increased number of cases, with some 1,900…

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