A new study has shown exercise can make middle-aged people not onlyhealthier but also smarter. The data from the Montreal Heart Institute comes from participants who all had a BMI between 28 and 31 (overweight) – someone with a BMI of over 30 is considered obese writes expathealth.org Continue reading What links the Cayman Islands, sport and brainpower?
There is a rising tide of opposition against the Dutch coalition government’s plans for income-dependent health insurance. Changes to the system will see high-earners paying up to €482 per month for health insurance, according to the national Nos television station. This will affect those who earn more than €70,000 a year writes Bill Cariker of expathealth.org Continue reading Dutch health insurance costs see sharp increase
As we all know, traveling can be nasty business; sometimes getting there can be half the fun, but getting there seems to cause more than half of the health issues. A significant number of travelers who go abroad for more than two weeks fall ill – an estimated 10 million travelers every year get “traveler’s diarrhea.” Continue reading A week in Travel & Health
Sudan has notified WHO of a yellow fever outbreak affecting 23 localities in Greater Darfur. As of 11 November 2012, a total of 329 suspected cases including 97 deaths were reported from this outbreak. Central and South Darfur have reported most of the suspected cases. Continue reading Yellow fever outbreak in the Sudan
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 reports the healthytravelbolog.com Continue reading Is India Taking Dengue Fever Epidemic Seriously ?
Almost one in three private medical insurance patients in England who are receiving hospital treatment have it supplied and financed by the NHS – even though they are able to claim from their policy. Cancer treatment and emergency procedures worth up to £1 billion are being provided by the NHS to patients who are privately covered, according to a new study by health economists, Laing and Buisson, on behalf of private hospital group, HCA International. Continue reading One in three UK Private Health Insurance plans not being fully used
So let’s be real, the world isn’t pre-designed for people with restrictions such as food allergies. As a food allergy sufferer and a travel extraordinaire, I have come to realize this the hard way. I have also come to realize that if I am proactive about managing my dietary restrictions, most places are more than willing to work with me and often have options for me! This sure makes a gal feel special! Continue reading Traveling with Food Allergies
I’m guessing we agree – travel is great. But then again, travel can be exhausting, dirty, and just downright unhealthy. A survey earlier this year showed that 63 percent of travelers report that they or their travel companion got sick while traveling advises John Miller of healthytravelblog.com Continue reading Ten Commandments of Basic Travel Health
The Ministry of Health (MoH) in Mauritania declared an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) on 4 October 2012. From 16 September 2012 (the date of onset of the index case) to 30 October 2012, a total of 34 cases, including 17 deaths have been reported from 6 regions. Continue reading Rift Valley fever reported by WHO in Mauritania