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Before you travel too far, you'll need to look into the water safety of your destination. If it's not OK to drink, avoid diarrhea and other nasty side effects of unsanitary H20 with these tips, from boiling water to adding iodine.
Transcript: Planning an intrepid journey to the great plains of Africa, or the mountains of South America? Think...
Planning an intrepid journey to the great plains of Africa, or the mountains of South America? Think twice before you fill up that canteen. To ensure that the water in your travel destination is safe to consume, bring it to a rolling boil for one minute before you drink. If it's not possible to boil water, chemical disinfection is an alternative. Most diarrhea pathogens can actually be killed by household iodine. Add five drops of an iodine tincture to a quart of clear water, or ten drops if the water is cloudy. Then let the solution stand for thirty minutes. To improve the taste of your water wizardry, add a vitamin C tablet to the solution. While you may not decide to make a habit of self-made water, your bowels will thank you for making the extra effort while you trek the foreign wilderness!More »
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When travelling abroad, make sure not to miss out on any vaccinations you might need. It's a good idea to shoot up before you ship out! Watch video for the details.
Transcript: Vaccinations are required for travelers to many areas of the world, so if you want to pass customs, find...
Vaccinations are required for travelers to many areas of the world, so if you want to pass customs, find out about the shots you'll need! It's best to talk to your doctor about vaccines at least six weeks before you depart for your destination. That's because it may take several weeks for certain immunities to develop, and you might need more than one dose. Visit the web sites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization for information. Immunization laws vary not only from country to country, but also from city to city in certain underdeveloped countries. And don't forget to call your health insurance provider ahead of time to find out if your policy covers vaccinations. While shots aren't always fun, neither is getting stopped before your trip starts! So talk to your doctor about vaccinations.More »
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Trying exotic food can seem exciting and adventurous but how prepared are you to guard the safety of your stomach? Learn more about food safety for globe trekkers in this video.
Transcript: Don't wind up wishing you had never (ever!) tried that exotic cuisine! While local food is an inherent...
Don't wind up wishing you had never (ever!) tried that exotic cuisine! While local food is an inherent part of cultural immersion, stomach upset can turn your global trek into a train wreck. As many unfortunates can attest, diarrhea is the most common problem effecting travelers, especially in developing countries. Travelers' diarrhea is an intestinal infection caused by bacteria, parasites, or viruses transmitted through food and water. But it IS avoidable.The highest-risk foods are unpasteurized milk products un-bottled beverages and drinks served with ice foods that aren't piping hot and undercooked meats and fish. Many times, fare from street vendors can also be the culprit of travelers' diarrhea! No precaution is foolproof, but a little know-how goes a long way in those far-away locales!More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-13 | Tags »
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Jet lag is the temporary condition after a long air journey when the body’s circadian rhythm or internal clock gets disrupted. Get to know all about it in this video.
Transcript: Would you rather spend your vacation recovering from the flight-or seeing the sites? Jet lag is the temporary...
Would you rather spend your vacation recovering from the flight-or seeing the sites? Jet lag is the temporary disruption of your body's circadian rhythm, or internal clock, which regulates biological functions like sleeping. If you have jet lag, you'll know it! Symptoms include exhaustion, trouble sleeping, and headaches. Studies show that for every time zone you pass through, it takes a full day to recover natural rhythms and energy levels. Though you can't do anything about changing time zones, you can take steps to reduce recovery time. The effects of alcohol are multiplied at great altitudes, so stay away from booze the day of your flight. But do hydrate with other liquids! The recycled air in planes dries out the body, inhibiting cell function and increasing the effects of jet lag. Finally, when that seatbelt sign dims, cruise the aisles at regular intervals to keep blood pumping. These tips are simple, but they really can make a world of difference as you cruise the world!More »
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Traveling by air can be exhausting, but there are other factors at work in how you feel when flying. Check out this healthy flight guide for more information.
Transcript: There's no reason to finish a flight feeling like you've been through the ringer! Stay healthy while...
There's no reason to finish a flight feeling like you've been through the ringer! Stay healthy while you fly by avoiding alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Both are extremely dehydrating, and air cabins-as your skin knows-are dry enough as it is! Finally, a reason to be glad that airlines have given up on meals! You'll feel better if you avoid eating a heavy meal during and before the flight. Instead, bring light snacks like fruit or pretzels. Make it a point to get up and walk for about five minutes every hour. If you're not allowed to walk, prop your feet on your carry-on bag. Rotate your ankles and lift your knees while seated. An insider tip is to invest in a pair of elastic flight socks, available at most pharmacies. These socks apply pressure to the ankle, in turn squeezing blood up towards the heart, which assists in circulation. Follow these tips and you can actually spend time enjoying your destination-not dreading your return home!More »
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Are you are planning a holiday or a business trip? Remember to keep your health information with you. Watch our video and learn the importance of traveling with your health record.
Transcript: Vacation is the time to leave paperwork behind, right? Or is it? You're excited about a break from the...
Vacation is the time to leave paperwork behind, right? Or is it? You're excited about a break from the daily grind, but when packing don't forget your most important thing- your health records. The quality of healthcare varies widely from country to country. Traveling with your health records can help avoid international hassles. Bring a copy of any prescriptions you take and make sure your doctor legibly writes down your medications brand and generic names. If your health insurance policy doesn't cover travel emergencies, consider a supplemental one that does. Carry your doctors contact details, information about any conditions you have and the medication you take. Also, remember a letter certifying you need any medical drugs or medical items like syringes. This will protect you from any customs or overseas healthcare snafus. If you've been vaccinated ask your doctor for a standardized immunization certificate. If you are allergic to anything mandatory vaccines don't forget a medical wavier.More »
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Suffering from diarrhea while on vacation can be extremely upsetting. Watch this video on traveler's diarrhea and see how you can save your hard earned vacation.
Transcript: Those clever terms like Delhi Belly and Montezuma's Revenge aren't so funny when you're suffering from...
Those clever terms like Delhi Belly and Montezuma's Revenge aren't so funny when you're suffering from intestinal upset on an exotic trip. The most common health risk for global travelers is diarrhea, which can range from mild to downright debilitating. So what should you do if your bowels stage a mutiny? Remember to bring an emergency stash of Imodium for mild cases of diarrhea. If you have an acute problem, however, steer clear of anti-diarrheals and let the body expel the offending pathogen on its own. As you're riding it out, be sure to replenish your body with beverages containing electrolytes, like sports drinks. If that's not an option, get the same effects by adding a teaspoon of salt and eight teaspoons of sugar to a liter of water. Follow these simple steps and you should be back on your traveling track within a few days-and ready to take your own revenge on Montezuma!More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-06 | Tags »
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It helps to be prepared when traveling. Having some portable medicine props can definitely help during unexpected injuries. Learn what to pack in this video.
Transcript: Even if you're not planning to get trampled by a stampeding elephant on your exotic getaway, it still...
Even if you're not planning to get trampled by a stampeding elephant on your exotic getaway, it still pays to be preparedright? Because it can be difficult-or downright impossible-to get medication replacements in certain countries, remember to ask your doctor for enough of your prescription to get you through your trip. (3Divide medications between a shoulder bag and check-in luggage in case of loss or theft. Keep prescription drugs in their original bottles with typed labels and make certain the name on the labels matches your identification. Pack a basic first-aid kit including pain relievers, triple antibiotic ointment, anti-diarrheal medication, antihistamines, and bandages. Also remember sunscreen, extra prescription eyewear, and any other destination-specific remedies, like bug repellent, that might be necessary. Finally, remember hand sanitizer for times when soap and water aren't on call. Being your own backup is just smart, because you never know when those elephants will get out of controlMore »
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If you're losing the dust mite fight, it's possible that you've only been temporarily defeated. Check out this video to learn more about what you can do about dust mites in your home.
Transcript: Did you know that you share your home with millions of uninvited guests? Dust mites are tiny creatures...
Did you know that you share your home with millions of uninvited guests? Dust mites are tiny creatures which thrive in bedding, carpets, and upholstered furniture. They're the cause of millions of people's indoor allergies. But you can show dust mites the door with some simple tips. More mites live in the bedroom than anywhere else, so start there. Cover mattresses and pillows in zippered, dust-proof covers. Called allergen-impermeable, these have pores too small for dust mites to pass through. Next, ensure that you wash all sheets and blankets weekly in hot water. Temperatures of at least 130 degrees are needed to kill mites. Get rid of all carpets in the bedroom (and the rest of your home.) If this is too bare-bones for you, get carpets with short, tight pile, which are the least hospitable to dust mites. Family members with allergies will breathe easier from your efforts-and you'll breathe easier knowing that your uninvited guests have been sent packing!More »
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Quadrivalent vaccines—or four-strain vaccines—are more widely available now than ever before. But are they more effective than three-strain or trivalent vaccines? Watch this video to find out.
Transcript: This year in the United States we're in the midst of a nationwide flu epidemic. There's still vaccine...
This year in the United States we're in the midst of a nationwide flu epidemic. There's still vaccine available in the pharmacies, the big pharmacy chains, the doctor's offices. The best thing is for people who haven't been vaccinated to speak to their pharmacy, their doctor and say, "I'd like to get flu vaccine." If they're interested, "Do you have the quadrivalent flu vaccine-the four strain?" If they do, great. If they don't, great as well if there's another flu vaccine there for them.The quadrivalent, the four strain vaccines, offer the opportunity, the potential to offer broader protection.Both trivalent vaccines and quadrivalent vaccines are safe an effective. And the best vaccine for the individual patient, the individual person speaking to their doctor or going to a pharmacy in asking for flu vaccine is the vaccine that's available there.The important thing is that there are vaccines available for everybody. There's something right for them.More »
Last Modified: 2014-02-03 | Tags »
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The flu vaccine works differently for everyone. Watch this video to learn how flu vaccine side effects might affect you.
Transcript: All vaccines have what we call excipients, what we call ingredients, in them. And so people who have...
All vaccines have what we call excipients, what we call ingredients, in them. And so people who have a known allergy to the components of the vaccines should speak to their healthcare provider about what are their options. People with very severe egg allergies-influenza vaccines, the majority of them are still grown in eggs to start the process to grow the virus and there's some protein left over from the initial stages of growing the virus. Fortunately, this year for the very first time there's an option for people who have very severe egg allergies, particularly people 18 years and older-but there's an option for that group. People who are immunocompromised, on chemotherapy or drugs to suppress their immune system like, say, somebody with HIV infection, there are options for them as well. In fact, they can get the flu vaccines; they should get the flu vaccine because they're high risk for complications but there's a particular type of flu vaccine they should not get and that would be the so-called live attenuated flu vaccines. They are contraindicated for severely immunocompromised people.More »
Last Modified: 2014-02-03 | Tags »
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A lot of work goes into making the flu vaccine each year. Watch this video to learn how it's done.
Transcript: We know that influenza is a virus that is constantly evolving, it's constantly changing. So, all around...
We know that influenza is a virus that is constantly evolving, it's constantly changing. So, all around the world, the WHO-that's the World Health Organization-and local and regulatory groups like the Food and Drug Administration in the US set up what we call surveillance laboratories and so all throughout the year, people who have cold type of illnesses, when they show up to a particular doctor's office or a clinic, a sample is collected of their nasal secretions. And these samples come in to these laboratories and we're constantly looking for what kind of flu viruses are there so we can try to predict well what's going to be the flu strains in following season. There's a meeting always in February of the World Health Organization and then the Food and Drug Administration and that's when our best scientists choose what they think are the likely flu strains that are going to be circulating. We look to formulate those vaccines. We're constantly looking to stay ahead of what's happening because influenza is constantly changing.More »
Last Modified: 2014-03-04 | Tags »
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More than 4 million people in the United States suffer from congestive heart failure. This is a condition in which the heart's pumping power is weaker than normal. Learn more in this video.
Transcript: Congestive Heart Failure affects over 5 million Americans, but it is still the most commonly misunderstood...
Congestive Heart Failure affects over 5 million Americans, but it is still the most commonly misunderstood kind of heart disease. So what exactly is Congestive Heart Failure? Congestive Heart Failure is a condition in which the heart's pumping power is weaker than normal, and cannot pump enough blood and oxygen throughout the body. When the heart is unable to pump blood as effectively as usual, the movement of blood through the body slows. At this point, blood begins to back up in the veins returning to the heart, which causes congestion in the chest tissue. It is from this feeling of congestion that congestive heart failure gets its name. The most common cause of Congestive Heart Failure is coronary artery disease, the same condition responsible for Angina and Heart Attack. Events which damage the heart, such as a heart attack can also lead to congestive heart failure. As well, congestive heart failure often comes about when a patient has a condition that chronically overworks the heart, like high blood pressure or diabetes. One of the most common symptoms of congestive heart failure is water retention, which occurs because of the reduced blood flow to the kidneys. This water retention causes swelling, known as Edema, which occurs most commonly in the legs and ankles. Other typical symptoms of congestive heart failure include shortness of breath, congested lungs, fatigue, and an irregular or rapid heartbeat. Doctors who suspect that a patient has CHF can attempt to confirm that diagnosis with a variety of blood tests or an EKG, which measures and charts the electrical impulses traveling through the heart. Managing Congestive Heart Failure begins with some lifestyle changes. Patients can improve their quality of life by adopting a healthy diet low in sodium and cholesterol, A moderated approach to daily life, with planned rest and the careful avoidance of overexertion is recommended. As well, several kinds of medication can be helpful, including beta-blockers to improve the heart's pumping action If a specific cause for the Heart Failure can be discovered your doctor will treat that root cause. In some cases a surgical procedure can be the best course of action, such as when the patient has a defective heart valve or when a heart transplant is necessary. Most people with mild to moderate Congestive Heart Failure can lead normal and productive lives, especially if the disease is found in its earliest stages. If you suspect you may be suffering from CHF or have concerns about your heart health, please seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out other videos and sources on this subject.More »
Last Modified: 2013-09-27 | Tags »
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