H1N1 news will be breaking fast over the coming weeks and months. HTB will try to capture some of the most important angles to keep you posted.  Please tip us off to anything you think we are missing. Global travel helps drive H1N1 transmission. The World Health Organization (WHO) maps the countries where H1N1 is impacting the health care services. …

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…

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published an H1N1 flu alert that summarizes activity around the globe: In the southern hemisphere where flu season is waning, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia appear to have passed their peak influenza activity and are returning to baseline levels. South Africa and Bolivia continue to experience high levels of influenza activity. In the…

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…

It's a beautiful day, the sun is shining, the temps are high and you are diving into a crisp, clean pool. And as the water washes over you, so do millions of dirty microorganisms.  Not so refreshing anymore, is it? Recently a good friend of mine was on vacation at a very nice resort in Florida. As she and her…

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