"The biggest crisis the world is facing is the glaring inequalities in access to health care between the rich and the poor," stated Dr. Philippe Douste-Blazy, Chairman of the Millennium Foundation, United Nations Under-Secretary and Special Advisor for Innovative Finance for Development.  As a result of the global financial crisis, small countries are suffering even more.  In an effort to…

So you've just enjoyed an exotic dinner including a liberal sampling of the local alcoholic libations (some of which are quite potent), and now it's time to drive home. Be honest, do you have any idea what your blood alcohol level might be? Nearly 90% of the world's countries have a national drunk-driving law on the books. Of course enforcement…

As speculation increases in the U.S. that the H1N1 vaccine may be available in the next few weeks, it's a good time to focus on the facts, minimize your risk, consider the big picture and recognize that countries need to responsibly share the vaccine.  World Health Organization's (WHO) updates on global H1N1 activity.   Do you know the basic facts on…

If you are one of the 30 million plus Americans that suffer from migraines, you know how debilitating the sensitivity to light, sound, air pressure and movement can be.  Traveling with a migraine can be especially tricky, particularly when in a foreign country where the treatment options may not be the same as in the U.S. So while you are…

An important new contribution to the health care reform debate adds some much needed global perspective to the pervasive political rancor. Author T.R. Reid's newly published book, The Healing of America, has been cited by reviewers as a series of serious and lucid insights into how medicine is practiced around the world and how different countries have crafted a mix…

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. …

In other timely world news, the Telegraph posted this stimulating bit, revealing that coffee and tea breaks can be hazardous to your health.  It also taught me about the all-important Biscuit Injury Threat Evaluation (BITE) measure.  I am not sure if this is peculiar to the UK, where tea time may make up a greater proportion of one's time, or if…

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…

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