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The summer vacation season is in full swing, and that means relaxing and letting loose for a lot of people. And, hey, why not? We could use a break, right? Vacation is a time to sleep in, stay up late, eat and/or drink a little too much, and generally cut yourself some slack. For most people, exercise slips pretty quickly…

Experiencing cultural differences and learning about the way people live in other countries is one of the great allures of international travel. But it can also be intimidating trying to navigate another culture without offending the locals. And one custom that changes from country to country and that can seem perplexing is tipping; what’s the proper amount to tip someone…

The current wave of cholera outbreaks affecting Central Africa started a few months ago. As of  October 3rd, 40,468 cases and 1,879 deaths have been reported in four countries (Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria). Seasonal factors, such as the flooding brought on by the rainy season, as well as poor hygiene conditions and population movements in the area contribute to…

While most were unaware of it, June 14th was “World Blood Donor Day”, celebrated internationally to encourage those eligible to donate blood at least once a year. Indeed, although 95% of Americans either receive blood during their lifetime, or know someone who has, only about 8% of Americans currently donate blood. The requirements are fairly simple: be 16 or older,…

Key West, FL has reported 28 cases of dengue fever since July 2009 – prior to July 2009 dengue was absent from the continental U.S. since 1945 and from Florida since 1934. Why dengue has returned to Florida is still being investigated but some contributing factors might be an increase in mosquitoes capable of delivering the disease, an increase in…

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