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2018 Olympics: Threat of North Korean Attack Lessens; What You Still Need to Know about PyeongChang Medical Facilities

By Emily Elmore | January 17, 2018

North Korea will be sending athletes to compete in South Korea In less than a month, millions of people from around the world will venture to PyeongChang, South Korea, for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. In what South Korea has called the “peace games,” the North Korean and South Korean governments arrived at a careful negotiation last… Read more about 2018 Olympics: Threat of North Korean Attack Lessens; What You Still Need to Know about PyeongChang Medical Facilities

Flu Season is Upon Us

By Alexandra Valinski | January 8, 2018

We all prepare for the winter season in similar ways—cutting firewood, making homemade dishes, drinking hot beverages, and for many of us, receiving the flu shot. The annual prick has become a habit for many Americans as the cold, winter months approach. Although this task may seem like one more thing that we must fit… Read more about Flu Season is Upon Us

2017 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

By Mary-Kathryn Hawes | December 28, 2017

From the opioid crisis in the U.S. to bird flu in China, we’re bringing you a roundup of our major global health stories of 2017: The Opioid Crisis Since 2000, more than 500,000 people have died from deaths and currently, ninety-one Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The progression of our current opioid… Read more about 2017 in Review: The Major Health Stories of the Year

Ebola’s Social Side Effects: Liberia’s Election and the Lingering Impacts of the Ebola Crisis

By Derrick Flakoll | December 13, 2017

Two years after its devastating Ebola outbreak, Liberia has been in the global spotlight once again. The African nation’s contested presidential election could result in its first democratic transfer of power after a 12 year tenure from President Ellen Johnson, Africa’s first female elected head of state. In the past three decades, Liberia’s international record… Read more about Ebola’s Social Side Effects: Liberia’s Election and the Lingering Impacts of the Ebola Crisis

Norovirus Outbreak in Raleigh

By Emily Elmore | December 11, 2017

Last week, NC State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, announced that 60 students have contracted norovirus, which is a highly contagious disease causing inflammation of the stomach or intestines or both. VIGILINT’s headquarters is in the Raleigh area. The outbreak is said to have begun on Tuesday, December 5. Wake County Human Services Department confirmed… Read more about Norovirus Outbreak in Raleigh

What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance & Medical Evacuations

By Derrick Flakoll | November 28, 2017

Holiday travel is stressful enough without having to worry about cancellations, medical emergencies, and other journey-derailing challenges. That’s why millions of Americans collectively spent $2.8 billion on travel insurance and protection plans in 2016. But many of these travelers might be in for a nasty surprise if a health crisis hits them: their travel insurance… Read more about What You Need To Know About Travel Insurance & Medical Evacuations

Inside the Opioid Crisis

By Emily Elmore | November 8, 2017

Every 19 minutes someone dies from an accidental drug overdose. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirm that 1 in 4 who use opioid painkillers get addicted to them. In a span of 16 years, more than 183,000 people have died in the US from overdoses related to opioids. On average, Americans spend more… Read more about Inside the Opioid Crisis

Top 5 Ways to Protect Mental Health While on the Road

By Ezra Baeli-Wang | November 2, 2017

As more and more Americans engage in international travel, it’s worth considering the ways in which the stresses of traveling can impact mental health. Taking a trip to a new place is an exciting opportunity to experience a different culture and expand one’s perspective, but it can also be stressful. According to the World Health… Read more about Top 5 Ways to Protect Mental Health While on the Road

Cold Room Down: Losses and the Threat of Polio in Syria

By Derrick Flakoll | October 24, 2017

On October 17, 2017, U.S.-backed forces captured the Syrian city of Raqqa from the so-called Islamic State (ISIS). The liberation of the city, once the would-be caliphate’s capital, starkly demonstrated ISIS’ extensive territorial losses. However, the fight isn’t over; the terror group still clings to its last territory in Syria’s eastern Deir-ez-Zor governorate. And there,… Read more about Cold Room Down: Losses and the Threat of Polio in Syria

Plague Outbreak Leaves 57 Dead in Madagascar

By Emily Elmore | October 17, 2017

This might be news to some, but centuries after the black death took 25 million lives –  an estimated 60% of the European population – the plague is still present in our modern world. Madagascar, an island located off the southeast coast of Africa and home to 24.89 million residents, is experiencing an unprecedented endemic… Read more about Plague Outbreak Leaves 57 Dead in Madagascar

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