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…

Cisco and UnitedHealth Group announced last week a new partnership to build the first national telehealth network.  Calling Connected Care "the house call for the 21st century," United's CEO Stephen Helmsley added that it will "make it easier for people to receive care where distance has been an obstacle." Some thoughts on this: Will new technology reverse the need for…

A HealthyTravelBlog reader recently wrote us to follow up on our post Going Mobile: Global Travelers and Communication Technology.  It turns out he represents Symantec's Norton Internet Security products.  Although there are some blatant plugs for Symantec, his (and Symantec's) advice is important, so we decided to post it in full: My name is Gerritt Hoekman and I work for…

Welcome to the neighborhood! There's a new blog,  (www.titanicawards.com) that squeezes fun out of everyone's worst travel experiences. It's dedicated to highlighting disasters by handing out "Titanic Awards" to the places and people that produce misery for world travelers. There's already video on the dangers of being a pedestrian in Cairo and a nominee for the Worst Hospital (in Ankara,…

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