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We are in the dead of winter. Brrrr. As the cold descends over most of the U.S., a lot of people are dreaming of sunshine and sand, looking to escape town for a few days to bask in warmth on a beach somewhere… anywhere. However, we very often associate a beach vacation with inactivity, overindulgence and generally less-than-fit activities. But…

We all know by heart the admonition to turn off our cell phones when our flight is about to take off. And we all know the symphony of phones turning on when the plane pulls up to the jetway. The message is clear – we can barely stand to be without our phones for the duration of a flight. But…

There’s a growing concern about the rapid spread of dengue fever in India, and international experts say the Indian government isn’t doing enough to tamp it down. An article this week in the New York Times raises serious questions about how the Indian government is handling the outbreak. Dengue fever is not fatal for most people who contract it, but…

While much of the U.S.-based media took their nose off the grindstone this week, there was some very interesting news from abroad, particularly for expatriates. One of the big factors most people consider (or should consider) when contemplating a move overseas is the cost of healthcare. And, according to a new study from Towers Watson, the cost of healthcare around…

New research published this week in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet has disclosed the presence of super bacterium NDM-1 in the drinking and ground water in Delhi, India. NDM-1 resists treatment by the most powerful antibiotics available and could spark a worldwide spread of untreatable infections. NDM-1 has already been carried from India to Europe by “medical tourists” who…

If encountering KFC signs abroad makes you wonder why you booked the trip, you’re ready to join the vanguard of the culinary tourism movement. Discovering local foods has always been a cool travel experience, but now the public’s enthusiasm for organic and “slow” food is putting gustatory experiences at the top of many itineraries. According to the International Culinary Tourism…

What’s on track to become a bigger killer than malaria? Vehicular traffic. Unless trends are reversed, cars and trucks will kill 1.9 million people worldwide annually by 2020. To combat this deadly threat, Bloomberg Philanthropies has funded a five-year initiative in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Egypt, India, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and Viet Nam where statistics are increasingly grim. A consortium…

Though it may be far from many travelers’ minds, rabies poses a lethal threat in most parts of the world.  Today’s travel bulletin addressed the 100th rabies related death in Indonesia.  Earlier this month the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported on a fatal case of rabies acquired by a Virginia man in India in 2009. Rabies is rare in…

On the quiet London street corner of Broadwick and Lexington stands the John Snow pub with a commemorative plaque honoring the medical detective work of Mr. Snow, who identified the Broad Street water pump as being responsible for an outbreak of cholera that ravaged thousands in 1855. Today, all patrons of the John Snow can enjoy a pint of local…

The antibiotic-resistant enzyme, the carbapenemase NDM-1, has been appearing in recent headlines across the globe. For that reason, the Healthy Travel Blog requested some perspective on the situation from Dr. Vanya Gant, a Specialist in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology in London.  Here are his thoughts on the background, risk and future of this "superbug."   NDM-1 is one of several enzymes which destroy carbapenem…

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