Travel Health and Medicine

May 17, 2004 | Comments Off on Travel Health and Medicine

Travel Medicine offers an excellent downloadable Travel Health Guide (e.g., more comprehensive information about prevention and treatment of malaria than I found on the CDC site), a worldwide travel clinic directory, a disease risk advisory guide by country, and travelers information such as maps, weather, currencies, exchange rates, voltage, embassies and consulates, tourism offices, and postal codes.

They also sell travel health products such as Ultrathon high-powered insect repellant (developed for military, nearly 100% effective), jellyfish sting protection, medical kits and first-aid supplies, water purification products, electrical adaptors, and a variety of travel accessories.

I downloaded an issue of their travel health newsletter, Traveling Healthy, that covered topics as diverse as the effect of altitude on corneal corrective surgery (you may experience blurred vision), the effect of hot water bottles on jet lag (heat up your extremities to reduce jet lag; this may be the mechanism by which melatonin induces sleep), a relationship between airline pillows and disease (use your own pillow), malaria self-diagnosis dipstick kits, measles in Indonesia, heart attacks in New York City (surprisingly high for both residents and visitors), Brits with trots (they’re more vulnerable to travelers’ diarrhea than other northwestern Europeans or Americans), and lots more fascinating information.


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