An estimated 20% of adults have a fear of flying (aka aviophobia, aviatophobia and aerophobia), and the recent news regarding devastating airline crashes is causing more people to question the safety of air travel.  Is it safe to fly?  Is there a safer way to travel?  Should I just stay home and avoid the risk altogether? As we have pointed…

In conjunction with the White House, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security and Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, are holding an H1N1 Influenza Preparedness Summit today.  The meeting will focus on plans to monitor the spread of 2009-H1N1 and to initiate plans for a vaccination program (assuming a safe vaccine is produced). To view today's live…

Humans are an interesting species.  We have brains with the most cognitive powers available to any known species, yet we fall into traps that cause us to make the same mistakes repeatedly.  We tend to overreact to things, and we love to make connections and attach causality to unrelated events.   I read a great article recently where I learned the…

Yesterday's Yemenia Airlines crash was the second one this month involving a large number of passenger fatalities.  Although there is at least one survivor and hopefully more, these events renew anxieties about flying and overshadow just how safe flying commercially has become. The Internet is a great tool for researching airline safety, but it is easy to get swamped by…

With the benefit of a few weeks of perspective on the H1N1 outbreak, it's possible to conclude that the some of the initial response qualifies as overreaction. Let's start with the World Health Organization's declaration of a pandemic. Observers such as Michael Fumento have argued that the WHO adopted a "pandemic" definition that is skewed toward human transmission of animal…

Scores of Americans are traveling the globe for leisure, business, study and missionary travel.  Because of the recent travel concerns raised by the H1N1 pandemic and terrorist threats like the Mumbai attacks, many of these smart travelers are better planning and preparing to avoid potential hazards.  Greater consumer awareness has led to an increase in the popularity of travel medical…

Experienced travelers know that taking to the local roadways can be one of the most dangerous passages on an international itinerary. Whether in a taxi or a bus, or as a cyclist or a pedestrian, travelers roll the dice with their health and safety. Now the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a comprehensive study of road hazards across 178…

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