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E. Coli bacteria

You probably already know something about E. Coli. You know that it can cause mass outbreaks of food poisoning, and you know that it can cause severe diarrhea. But did you know E. coli bacteria also live harmlessly in your intestines? In fact, certain strains of E. Coli bacteria are vitally important for the function [...]

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one secret to fight heartburn

If you've been reading this site for a while, then you know that I have been suffering from acid reflux since late 2010. According to my doctor, the condition was very likely caused by doxycycline, a medication I took for 6 months as a malaria prophylactic. I have since taken various medications, including Zantac, omeprazole [...]

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traveling with depression

Mental health has been creeping into the public discourse more and more in recent years, but we still have a long way to go. Despite a roaring pharmaceutical industry, mental illnesses are often misunderstood, improperly diagnosed and unfairly considered as something less than an actual disease. Traveling with depression can be particularly difficult. You may [...]

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buying travel insurance while already traveling

Many travelers find themselves without travel insurance while they are already on the road. This could be for several reasons. Some folks may leave without ever considering taking out a policy. Others may have a policy lapse while traveling, and they realize that the policy is not so easy to renew. In any case, it [...]

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Using cipro to treat Giardia lamblia

Cipro's prowess as a bacteria killer is well documented. It is not considered to be effective on parasites, though. Or is it? There is some research that now suggests cipro may be toxic for certain parasites, like Giardia lamblia. I learned about the possibility while eating barbecued chicken and having a few beers with friends [...]

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Why did Ebola not explode in Mali?

I was at a dinner party in Bamako when news broke that an imam from Guinea had died of Ebola in the city's largest private hospital. A day earlier, Mali had declared itself free of Ebola after a 2-year-old girl who had died of the disease did not infect anyone. The case of the imam [...]

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tuberculosis prevention for travelers

Also known as TB, Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that can be found worldwide. While some patients do not experience symptoms, infected patients with an active form of the disease face a mortality rate of over 50% if they do not receive treatment. There is also a multidrug-resistant strain of TB that has made treatment [...]

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Let's get a few things out of the way: the latest outbreak of Ebola is the worst on record. Nearly 900 people have died as of this writing. While the number of cases is falling in Guinea - the country where the outbreak started - the disease is now circulating in two neighboring countries - [...]

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Jordan Travel Health Guide

Jordan travel health guide

Home to Bedouin nomads, the ancient city of Petra, countless camels and a delightful capital city (Amman), Jordan has grown in popularity as a tourist destination, despite regional strife. While there have been travel warnings issued to many countries in the Middle East, Jordan has remained a safe place to travel. But what about travel [...]

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Bana rehydration drink

We've written about oral rehydration salts before. Today, we are going to review a rehydration drink that we recently sampled. Disclaimer: we were sent a free sample of this product. However, we are under no obligation whatsoever to review this product favorably. What follows is our opinion and ours alone. If you've read our previous [...]

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