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A recent post on the Wall Street Journal’s Health Blog by Katherine Hobson brought to light a fascinating new study on the Quality of Death around the world. The Singapore-based philanthropic Lien Foundation commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to study forty countries in depth to gauge how much suffering accompanies the final few months of life. Researchers interviewed doctors and…

While most were unaware of it, June 14th was “World Blood Donor Day”, celebrated internationally to encourage those eligible to donate blood at least once a year. Indeed, although 95% of Americans either receive blood during their lifetime, or know someone who has, only about 8% of Americans currently donate blood. The requirements are fairly simple: be 16 or older,…

We’ve linked tolerance with health in the past. Now the unexpected outburst of ethnic violence in the Kyrgyz Republic is a vivid reminder of how tenuous the grip we humans have on tolerance, dignity, survival and health. With the Kyrgyz atrocities as a backdrop, the U.S. State Department yesterday released its annual report on human trafficking around the world, highlighting…

If we apply the air quality standard for particulates adopted by the European Union (20 micrograms per cubic meter), urban air pollution is nearly ubiquitous around the world. Of course, air pollution levels vary widely. In some parts of the world, air pollution might go unnoticed.  In other places, people can be seen wearing face masks.  As travelers, we need…

Previous posts have highlighted happiness, the velocity of life, ethics and environmental factors as important characteristics of healthy destinations. Now a new analysis of Gallup poll data by researchers at Cambridge University isolates another key to health and happiness: tolerance. Working with data from 380,000 Americans polled in 2008, the Cambridge team found that “inclusiveness”—tolerance of bohemian and alternative lifestyles—raised…

For many reasons, health insurers in the U.S. have been reluctant to jump on the medical tourism bandwagon. They are concerned about taking business away from doctors and hospitals already resentful of payment rates virtually dictated by the plans. Insurers realize that promoting medical treatment abroad would be perceived as a cost control measure at a time when politics is…

If you are a regular reader, you know we’ve been hunting for happiness. But sometimes on our travels, if we look closely, we gain insights into deeply rooted cultural sources of unhappiness. We recently introduced our Healthy Planet Index, a ranking of 141 countries that is based on a measure called happy life years—a combination of life expectancy and satisfaction…

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