Tag Archives Malaria

sick after vacation

A great vacation can leave you with lasting memories and souvenirs, not to mention fatigue or jetlag. But what if you’re feeling a little more than just tiredness and a dread of going back to work? Most post-vacation sicknesses are mild, such as a head cold or upset stomach. But up to eight percent of travelers are sick enough to…

Airport Tension

Arriving at your destination is wonderful. When you’re traveling and visiting a new place, getting your boots on the ground is a moment filled with excitement and relief. Getting there, however, can be hell. Traveling, and especially traveling abroad, is often fraught with worry, tension and inconvenience. From rushing to the airport to standing in the security lines to the…

“Getting there is half the fun” is not really something that applies to international travel – passing through multiple time zones and dealing with other vagaries of travel can be very stressful. And the stress of flying will very likely be ratcheted up next week. Travelers moving through major U.S. airports will face fairly extreme delays brought about by federal…

A multi-year investment of $500 million USD by the Gates Foundation, GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. government has yielded partial success in the search for a malaria vaccine. A recent report in the Wall Street Journal relays the results of a clinical trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicating that three doses of the vaccine can cut the…

The news in Hollywood over the weekend was George Clooney’s recent bout with malaria.  After a visit to the Sudan, he contracted this illness for the second time.  His bad fortune (or was it negligence?) serves as a reminder to us all. Even experienced travelers, taking precautions to avoid this illness (and other mosquito borne illnesses) are not guaranteed protection…

Are you preparing for a study abroad program? Do you know someone who is? HTH Worldwide, a global health and safety services company, recently released on YouTube an educational video series called Health and Safety Abroad.  Dr. Frank Gillingham, medical director for HTH Worldwide, created this video series to help study abroad participants prepare for their experience. These video vignettes, cover…

Journalist Sonia Shah brings us an important new account of how malaria has impeded human progress for half a million years and counting. Her book, The Fever: How Malaria Has Ruled Humankind for 500,000 Years (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) ranges across history, geography vast numbers of victims and the many modern-day players who are pursuing its eradication.  World travelers and anyone…

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