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,…

Summer is the perfect time to embark on that international road trip you've always wanted to take. The Wall Street Journal highlights six European road trips that could be on your list:  Italy, Wales, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Finland. Check out the post for route information, pictures, and sites to see. When you're traveling, don't forget to practice safe driving…

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…

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