Posts By Laura Hilton

A nationwide public-sector strike scheduled for Wednesday, November 30th threatens to impact daily operations in the UK – most notably that of air travel and medical services.                 Air Travel Many airlines are allowing rebooking and reducing flight schedules to ease the flow of people into UK airports Wednesday in an effort to reduce the number of incoming passengers.  Officials at…

It’s almost dinner time in London and like most of my neighbours, I am wondering what tonight will bring.  So far, my location in Islington has been spared any major damage, as have most locations HTH members frequent in Central London.  Nevertheless, over the past few nights, even those of us lucky to be far from the turmoil have heard…

HTH sources in Egypt indicate that private hospitals in Cairo and Alexandria remain open and comparatively well-supplied at the moment.  Many of them are focusing on emergency cases and inpatient care, so routine scheduled outpatient care may not currently be available. Public hospitals are likely to be operating beyond normal capacity during times of crisis, as the ongoing demonstrations have…

In many parts of the world, declaring yourself to be a vegetarian, much less a vegan, is often met with anything from well-meaning curiosity to complete disbelief.  In many developing countries where starch is a staple and meat is traditionally somewhat of a luxury, the idea that someone would just prefer not to eat meat, either for ethical or dietary…

Dateline: Vienna Situation: Stranded by Airport Closures Medical Report: You can breathe the air but check out these developing issues. There’s no ash in the air here in Austria, but besides all the general travel headaches you are seeing on the news, I’ve uncovered some disconcerting trends in working with our members traveling around the world: Travelers are running out…

The XXI Olympic Games will commence tomorrow in Vancouver, Canada.  If you are one of the 2.3 million people expected to descend on British Columbia you should familiarize yourself with the recommended hospitals and emergency information.  You could be perfectly healthy when you arrive, but the elements and the large volume of people in crowded areas will expose you to…

Dr. Scott Nelson, a U.S. Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and HTH provider, has been practicing in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for several years.  In conjunction with CURE International, he is leading a team of Dominican orthopedic surgeons to provide  medical services to victims of the earthquake.  Dr. Nelson and his colleagues arrived in Port-au-Prince January 14th.  January 20, 2010 FYI: the…

Here on the Healthy Travel Blog, we've been talking about H1N1 readiness and flu prevention when traveling overseas.  And for good reason.  The "swine flu" is the first pandemic in 41 years and all Americans should be educated about H1N1 both domestically and when traveling out of the country. A recent poll administered by HTH Worldwide indicates that more than…

After 24 surreal hours on the ground in Mexico, I’m on my way back out of the country. I had arrived in Monterrey yesterday for a conference of Mexican Hospitals, but the conference has been canceled due to the swine flu outbreak.   Here are my observations from my quick stay:   The mood and behavior of people has changed…

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