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…

Healthy travel usually requires some understanding of how health care systems work in different parts of the world.  This post is the first in a new series to help broaden our understanding by looking at practices outside the U.S.  Of course, the current health care reform efforts in the United States make this information more topical than usual and help…

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…

Q: What do you get when you run a contest on YouTube to create a new public service announcement (PSA) to help get the message out on how to prevent the spread of H1N1? A: Ten finalists, all worth watching. Eight are 30 seconds.  Two are a full minute.  Total investment of six (6) minutes which should yield, to quote…

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published an H1N1 flu alert that summarizes activity around the globe: In the southern hemisphere where flu season is waning, Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, and Australia appear to have passed their peak influenza activity and are returning to baseline levels. South Africa and Bolivia continue to experience high levels of influenza activity. In the…

Now that Bill has passed (the storm, not health care reform), we should remind ourselves of the dangers of ocean swimming.  Just this weekend in Acadia National Park in Maine, onlookers watching the huge crashing waves were overwhelmed by them.  Three people were swept into the ocean, and, tragically, one of them died.  Many others were injured. The ocean is…

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