Posts By Emily Moran

Recently, a study was released regarding the increased prevalence of celiac disease. The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN analyzed about 9,000 blood samples taken in the 1950s and based on the findings reports that 0.2 percent of that population had celiac disease, but today an estimated 1 percent of the population has it. Celiac disease is a severe intolerance to…

While Americans were busy consuming 232 million turkeys last year (46 million of them on Thanksgiving), others were passing on the noble bird in favor of a snack of beetles, crickets and other arthropods and insects.  There are many places in the world that have markets full of these delicacies. If you sample this fare while roaming the world, are…

Ime chortofagos,  is Greek for "I’m a vegetarian." A poll from 2005 estimated that 4.7 million adults in the U.S. are vegetarians.  Vegetarians that travel sometimes worry about how to maintain their diet while in a foreign country, but as the population of vegetarians has grown, so have the resources. Here is some advice on what to eat while abroad. (If…

A recent post on the Uncornered Market blog addresses the not-so-delicate topic of "how to travel without hugging the bowl."   Though this is sometimes unavoidable, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your vacation from a gastrointestinal attack. More than 200 foodborne diseases have been identified worldwide and include traveler's diarrhea, Hepatitis A, typhoid fever, cholera, salmonella, and…

Now that Bill has passed (the storm, not health care reform), we should remind ourselves of the dangers of ocean swimming.  Just this weekend in Acadia National Park in Maine, onlookers watching the huge crashing waves were overwhelmed by them.  Three people were swept into the ocean, and, tragically, one of them died.  Many others were injured. The ocean is…

Sitting down to a steaming bowl of paella--rice, broth, chorizo, clams and mussels--with a pitcher of Sangria is a fiesta for the tastebuds. It's also a gastronomic adventure that can lead to serious illness caused by allergies, bacteria or Hepatitis A. If you have a food allergy and are planning a trip abroad, you may have checked out our previous post. …

Jellyfish have long been a danger of the sea, and many summer beach stories involve a tale of a painful encounter. Now, according to researchers, there will be plenty more stories to tell:  jellyfish numbers are increasing, and they are migrating to popular swimming areas. The increase in jellyfish numbers can be traced to overfishing of their natural predators such…

Worldwide, 46% of all highway fatalities are "vulnerable road users"-pedestrians, cyclists and people on two-wheeled motor vehicles, according to the recent WHO report on road safety.  But we've run some numbers and found that in Peru, for instance, pedestrians alone account for 78% of all highway deaths. In the U.S. and India that figure is 12%. Travelers typically explore their…

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