Posts By Mike Hartung

Welcome to the neighborhood! There's a new blog,  (www.titanicawards.com) that squeezes fun out of everyone's worst travel experiences. It's dedicated to highlighting disasters by handing out "Titanic Awards" to the places and people that produce misery for world travelers. There's already video on the dangers of being a pedestrian in Cairo and a nominee for the Worst Hospital (in Ankara,…

With the benefit of a few weeks of perspective on the H1N1 outbreak, it's possible to conclude that the some of the initial response qualifies as overreaction. Let's start with the World Health Organization's declaration of a pandemic. Observers such as Michael Fumento have argued that the WHO adopted a "pandemic" definition that is skewed toward human transmission of animal…

 Congratulations to Angelo Masciantonio, CEO and Co-Founder of HTH Worldwide, for receiving the Greater Philadelphia Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 Award in the Health Care Services and Products category.  This award celebrates individuals like Angelo, who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. 

Experienced travelers know that taking to the local roadways can be one of the most dangerous passages on an international itinerary. Whether in a taxi or a bus, or as a cyclist or a pedestrian, travelers roll the dice with their health and safety. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a comprehensive study of road hazards across 178…

The World Health Organization has declared the H1N1 outbreak a pandemic but has characterized it as "moderate in severity" and has not recommended any international travel restrictions.  At a press conference this morning, WHO officials noted that the most severe cases are in adults aged 30 to 50 and said their greatest concern is "we don't know how this virus…

We've all heard the painful news that Lance Armstrong broke his collar bone in four places after crashing during a road race in Spain, but we are just as troubled that he traveled all the way home to Austin, Texas to receive medical care. As news stories have noted, Lance needs to take it easy after surgery to avoid the…

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