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Travel and Tropical Medicine Book Launch in China

Earlier this month, IAMAT’s President M. Assunta Uffer-Marcolongo was invited to Beijing for the launch of the Chinese edition of The Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual, 4th Edition edited by two key IAMAT supporters, Dr. Elaine Jong and Dr. Christopher Sanford. The translation of this textbook is a significant milestone for travel medicine in China. As one of the most popular travel destinations, Chinese travel health providers see thousands of international travellers every year, including Chinese travellers going abroad and returning expatriates. This learning tool (now available in their own language) helps practitioners to further implement internationally recognized travel medicine best practices. It also fosters opportunities for the advancement of travel medicine’s knowledge base, training, practice, and research benefitting ...

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What are the Health Effects of Air Pollution During Travel?

We often get asked how to mitigate the health effects of air pollution during travel. Outdoor air pollution (a toxic soup of chemicals, particulate matter, and biological materials that react with each other) is a major public health issue, contributing to chronic diseases, increased hospitalization, and premature mortality. In fact, the World Health Organization estimates that air pollution causes 2 million premature deaths worldwide every year. What are the symptoms of air pollution? The short-term symptoms of exposure to air pollution include itchy eyes, nose, and throat, wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, headaches, nausea, and upper respiratory infections (bronchitis and pneumonia). It also exacerbates asthma and emphysema. Long-term effects include lung cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory illness, ...

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Energizing Our Future with a Solar Park

On May 24, we had the pleasure of announcing the creation of a solar park to help IAMAT advance its mission. The Foundation for the Support of International Medical Training (FSIMT), the entity governing IAMAT, owns a 105-acre property in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The Foundation recently entered into a Lease arrangement with Hall’s Pond Solar Co-operative for the purpose of developing a solar photovoltaic park. IAMAT’s President, Assunta Uffer-Marcolongo announcing the largest community financed urban solar park in Ontario. Example of solar panel modules. The Foundation’s Board of Directors believes that the solar park Lease is an excellent opportunity for IAMAT to advance its mission and grow its endowment fund for doctors and nurses from low resource countries to ...

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Bed Bugs and Travel: Don’t Let Them Get To You

UPDATE: In May 2011, Canadian researchers found bed bugs with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), bacteria that is highly resistant to antibiotics and can cause infection in people with compromised or weak immune systems. See their findings at Bed Bugs as Vectors for Drug-Resistant Bacteria. Many of us consider “Night, night, sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” a quaint nursery rhyme no longer applicable in the 21st century. Not so. Bed bugs are making a major comeback in part due to increasing international travel and resistance to pesticides. So far, there is no evidence that bed bugs transmit infectious diseases. However, coming into contact with these pesky insects during your trip will cause physical discomfort and psychological stress. ...

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Spotlight on South Africa

Counting down the days to the start of the Soccer World Cup tournament? This year it’s being held in South Africa from June 11 to July 11. It’s one of the few events that brings out extreme emotions among fans, and like other world sporting events, this tournament will bring attention to the country’s natural beauty, history, and cultures. Travellers are asking us about our recommendations on how to stay healthy in South Africa. In case you need to see a doctor, you’ll find that healthcare standards in the country vary between large urban centres and remote areas. High quality care is the norm in cities while in rural areas medical care tends to be basic. IAMAT doctors are ...

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Travel Writing Workshop: Sept 15-19

After taking a short summer break, the IAMAT Blog is back! Many of us are winding down our summer travels and holidays, getting ready for the back to work and back to school season. For us at IAMAT, it’s usually a time to take stock of the coming year, start new projects – a new beginning of sorts. If you are considering taking up a new challenge this Fall and have always dreamed of combining your travel experience, creativity, and passion to discover new things and meet new people, there’s an affordable workshop for you. Robert Haru Fisher, a columnist and contributing editor for frommers.com (and a member of IAMAT’s Board of Directors), is offering his popular Travel Writing ...

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Welcome to the IAMAT Blog!

We are very pleased to announce the re-launch of our website. Our new site better reflects our work and we hope that you will find all the information you need to make your trip a safe and healthy one. Exciting new features will allow you to: Get instant membership in your inbox – IAMAT membership is free. Get a tax deductible receipt (US and Canada) in your inbox for your donation to IAMAT – any amount is appreciated. Access all the travel health advice you need, including vaccinations, disease risks, and food and water safety advice for your destination. Easily access our popular Medical Directory using your IAMAT membership number to find qualified IAMAT affiliated doctors at your destination. ...

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