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World Diabetes Day: Safest Way to Travel with Diabetes

By Megan Kasprzak | November 13, 2019

The leaves have fallen, and we finally have a reprieve from the sweltering summer temperatures. Turkey, stuffing, and time with family are all just around the corner as we enter into the 2019 holiday season. Though visiting family and eating delicious home-cooked meals are staple holiday traditions, the nearly 30.3 million American patients who are… Read more about World Diabetes Day: Safest Way to Travel with Diabetes

Polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

By Megan Kasprzak | October 28, 2019

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, polio, or poliomyelitis, is a crippling and potentially deadly infectious disease. The disease is very contagious and spreads from person to person. Children under the age of 5 are the main demographic affected by the virus. About 75% of individuals who do get infected with poliovirus… Read more about Polio in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Crisis in Hong Kong: Update for Travelers

By Alex Snyder and Emily Elmore | August 22, 2019

Brief History Hong Kong was ceded to Great Britain in perpetuity as spoils of the 19th Century Opium Wars. For the next 156 years, under British influence, Hong Kong developed a political culture unique to Mainland China and flourished as an open economy. In 1997, after years of negotiations,  Hong Kong was returned to China­… Read more about Crisis in Hong Kong: Update for Travelers

One Year Later: DRC Ebola Outbreak is the Second-Deadliest in History

By Andrew Miller | August 1, 2019

Today marks one year since the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an Ebola outbreak, and is now considered the second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in the history, according to the WHO, topped only by the one in West Africa in 2014. One year later, the fight to contain the outbreak is far from over. This summer… Read more about One Year Later: DRC Ebola Outbreak is the Second-Deadliest in History

‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

By Megan Kasprzak | July 18, 2019

School is out and summer is in full swing. Days are filled with backyard barbecues, time with friends, and dips in the pool to beat that relentless summer heat. Though swimming in community pools is a regular part of many American’s summer routines, federal public health officials are urging people to think twice before diving… Read more about ‘Crypto’ parasite outbreaks on the rise in US swimming pools

Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

By Emily Elmore | May 29, 2019

Ophidiophobia is the term to describe one’s abnormal fear of snakes. Researchers believe that the fear has evolutionary traces, developed by early humans as a survival tactic. Although the exact number of individuals suffering from Ophidiophobia is unknown, snake fears are relatively common. Considering that 200 people die every day from snakebites around the world,… Read more about Snakebites: A Leading Global Health Crisis Causing 200 Deaths Every Day

Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

By Emily Elmore | May 14, 2019

Latest Measles Data   From January 1, 2019, through May 10, 2019, measles cases are now up to 839 and present in 23 states, as reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week. The outbreaks in the US have been cited as “numerous” and “unrelated” to each other. The multi-state element is… Read more about Understanding “Elimination” vs “Eradication” of Infectious Diseases in The Wake of The Measles Outbreak

Measles Cases Hit 25-Year Record High At The Start Of National Infant Immunization Week

By Emily Elmore | April 29, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new report today that at least 704 people have been sickened by measles since January 1, 2019 – the greatest number of reported cases in 25 years, marking a sad and alarming milestone in the history of the disease. The measles epidemic has been a… Read more about Measles Cases Hit 25-Year Record High At The Start Of National Infant Immunization Week

Measles – An Ongoing Epidemic

By Cameron Burnsed and Colin MacIntosh | March 13, 2019

As numbers continue to rise in the European measles epidemic, localized outbreaks throughout the United States and parts of the rest of the world are being reported. Instead of receding, it appears that the European measles epidemic has transformed into a worldwide measles epidemic. Both local and international travelers should be aware of the risks… Read more about Measles – An Ongoing Epidemic

February is American Heart Month – Tips When Traveling with a Heart Condition

By Christina Harp | February 1, 2019

February – a month dedicated to all things heart shaped – has fittingly been dubbed American Heart Month. It is the time of year for us to consider our heart health and to raise awareness of the risks of heart disease. And if you think you’re seeing a lot of red today – you’re not… Read more about February is American Heart Month – Tips When Traveling with a Heart Condition

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