Posts By Frank Gillingham, MD

As the post tsunami drama in Japan unfolds, we thought it would be helpful to place the radiation exposure risk posed by the Fukushima nuclear power plant damage into perspective.  Radiation surrounds us all the time.  At what point do levels become dangerous?  The World Nuclear Association, made up of top nuclear specialists, has produced a guide that may help…

In news reports released earlier this week, Libyan authorities confirmed that at least 61 people had died in the capital city of Tripoli during demonstrations against the long entrenched government of Moammar Gadhafi.  In addition, over 100 people have been reported killed in the eastern cities of Benghazi, and  Beyida  There are even reports that soldiers and police have been…

Travelers to remote locations with limited or no options for professional medical care often have access to the Internet and thus the ability to seek out web-based tools to diagnose conditions and recommend medical triage. Even those in the comfort of their own homes have made free self-help symptom checkers a popular pastime on the web. How useful are they?…

“Adjustment disorder” is defined by psychiatrists as a reaction that causes emotional or behavioral symptoms in response to a change in someone’s environment. The causes are multiple -- a relocation, divorce, or job change -- and universally result in feelings of anxiety, panic, a sense of being overwhelmed, and/or depression. Travelers, particularly those who have experienced severe emotional stress in…

In sharp contrast to conventional wisdom, there are lipitor dosagehttp://cialis24hour-pharmacy.com/bestsellers.html a number of places outside the U.S. where the cost of medical care can be higher than for the same care at home. In my role as Medical Director for HTH Worldwide, I see proposed treatment plans and cost estimates that would cause patients without travel health insurance serious financial…

The esteemed British medical journal, the Lancet, reported this week that the incidence of tuberculosis in London had risen 50% in the last decade. Unlike neighboring countries, and the rest of the Western world, where tuberculosis has been on the decline for dozens of years, London saw a jump from 2,309 cases in 1999 to 3,450 in 2009. Most tuberculosis…

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that it is endorsing a new technology to diagnose tuberculosis. The test, done on sputum samples and taking less than 2 hours to perform, identifies the presence of tuberculosis genetic material (coined the nucleic acid amplification test, or NAAT). By contrast, conventional methods for diagnosing tuberculosis, such as sputum cultures, take several weeks.…

Survivalists and military personnel have long been familiar with the need to purify water from lakes, rivers and streams where safe water supplies are unavailable. In addition to chemical pollutants, heavy metals and silt, portable water purification systems must be able to remove bacteria, such as E. coli, Salmonella (typhoid fever) and Vibrio cholera (cholera), protozoa such as Giardiasis and…

A popular destination for African missionaries and relief workers, Uganda recently reported that during the past two months, 20 have died and over 20,000 have been infected with chiggers -- small sand fleas that enter the body through broken clomid treatment skin, usually the feet. Chiggers multiply rapidly under the skin, rotting not only the feet, but hands, buttocks, eyelids…

Under the terms of a landmark joint action announced last week by both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Union’s European Medicine Agency (EMA), the availability of the diabetes drug Avandia will be limited or non-existent going forward.  Citing studies linking Avandia to increased risk for heart attacks and strokes, EMA authorities said sales will be…

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