Sitting down to a steaming bowl of paella--rice, broth, chorizo, clams and mussels--with a pitcher of Sangria is a fiesta for the tastebuds. It's also a gastronomic adventure that can lead to serious illness caused by allergies, bacteria or Hepatitis A. If you have a food allergy and are planning a trip abroad, you may have checked out our previous post. …

On my left there is a rather large business man yelling in Dutch on his Blackberry and beginning to perspire. To my right, sits a lady looking slightly claustrophobic. We have been sitting on the tarmac for almost two hours in Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG), just outside Paris, France, waiting to disembark.  Unfortunately, CGD is so massive that…

Jellyfish have long been a danger of the sea, and many summer beach stories involve a tale of a painful encounter. Now, according to researchers, there will be plenty more stories to tell:  jellyfish numbers are increasing, and they are migrating to popular swimming areas. The increase in jellyfish numbers can be traced to overfishing of their natural predators such…

Though U.S. officials hope to have enough of the H1N1 vaccine to distribute it to 120 million people, the Advisory Council on Immunization practices has recommended prioritizing vaccinations based on the scenario of having only 42 million doses available by October. At the top of this priority list are the following groups: pregnant women, children and healthcare workers.  Surprisingly, last in…

Yesterday, the Wall Street Journal posted about cabin fume events - how problems during a flight can cause real air quality issues for the crew and passengers.  Hopefully, these events are rare and that raising the red flag in the press will help the airlines improve things so that they become rarer still. However, even on flights without specific problems,…

Thinking about visiting a tanning salon to work on your base tan before heading on your vacation? You might want to read the latest news posted on CNN.com -- Study: Sunbeds as harmful as cigarettes.  The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) just reclassified their position on the relation between sunbeds and cancer.  According to their studies, melanoma is…

Worldwide, 46% of all highway fatalities are "vulnerable road users"-pedestrians, cyclists and people on two-wheeled motor vehicles, according to the recent WHO report on road safety.  But we've run some numbers and found that in Peru, for instance, pedestrians alone account for 78% of all highway deaths. In the U.S. and India that figure is 12%. Travelers typically explore their…

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