The CDC has recommended Tamiflu® and Relenza® for treatment of the swine influenza virus . As is often the case in any type of outbreak, there are numerous conflicting reports arising concerning the availability of the necessary medications. One of our physician advisors, who is based at a Mexico City hospital, has provided us with the latest information on the treatment…

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…

As we read recently in the Wall Street Journal Health Blog, the U.S. is not the only country grappling with healthcare reform. China is dealing with healthcare challenges that come with the reality of having a billion citizens. It will be fascinating to watch as China continues to move beyond the history of peasant farmers playing the role of Barefoot…

Part of our focus on healthy travel is to build an appreciation for the doctors and hospitals around the world that make special efforts to treat sick and injured travelers.  Well, it turns out that many of these healthcare providers also go out of their way to care for some of the neediest people on the planet. We opened a window on this activity when we…

College years bring opportunities to explore the world. Young adults are adept at traveling light, but today many carry the weight of living with a mental health condition. They may be traveling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or a more serious condition, or, as often happens, a new condition might emerge when an adolescent leaves home for the first…

Navigating your health plan to get the most out of your benefits can be a challenge -the administrative hurdles alone can sometimes be daunting. But for international travelers there's a little known trapdoor that can open large gaps in healthcare coverage that quickly spiral beyond your control, exposing world travelers to significant financial risk. Traveling or residing outside the U.S.…

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