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Summer: The Season for Fireflies, Fun and Fractures

It’s not a coincidence that the season for extended daylight and outdoor activity is also the season for broken bones. Increased physical activity leads to increased likelihood of bone fractures. Summer vacation means many children are heading outdoors to participate in their favorite sport. The football field, baseball diamond and soccer pitch all see extensive action during this time of...

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Adoptive Children And Family Health

According to research, adopted children and the families who make new homes for them face a special set of medical issues. Here are some tips on what to watch for.Research on adopted children was introduced at the annual Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine, providing crucial new information about the health of those who are...

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Stress Free Flying While Pregnant

You can keep air travel stress-free with some tips on keeping it healthy, especially important if you're pregnant.  You may have just received the news that you’re expecting and you already had travel plans booked. Or are you planning to take a babymoon prior to the big event but not sure about the safety of flying while pregnant? In any case, not to worry.  Air travel...

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Healthy Vacations During Pregnancy

Pregnancy, vacation and good health can mix easily -- even travel by air shouldn't be a problem -- as long as you follow a few common sense tips from Doc Holiday.  Just make sure your physician or medical caregiver is aware of your travel plans beforehand. Tips for Safe Vacationing When You Are Pregnant With a little extra planning and a few precautions, pregnant...

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Super Cold – 1st Aid Treatments For Hypothermia

What to do, and what not to do, when you or someone in your family is suffering from being in the cold for too long or accidentally falls into frozen water. It could be the early stages of hypothermia.Any person pulled from cold water should be treated, by medical professionals, for hypothermia. Symptoms include intense shivering, loss of coordination, mental confusion, cold and blue (cyanotic)...

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Home Remedies Can Be Helpful

With travel come many opportunities for bumps, bruises and various ouches. Fortunately, most of the classic aches of childhood have tried 'n' true home remedies to spare parents a midnight's hunt for the pharmacy at their vacation destination. FTF's staff and membership have come up with some great home remedies for those pesky ailments that trouble many children...

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Kids Menus Can Mean A Healthy Diet

Let the scientists guide you through the labyrinth of chain restaurant kids' menus around the US to determine the healthiest roadside dining for your children. Parents who think the food on kids’ menus at sit-down restaurants is healthier than fast food should think again, according to studies published in the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s (CSPI)...

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Travel Fitness Exercise Routine

Too many business cocktails and breakfast buffets? A trainer from NYC's Chelsea Piers will help travelers keep in shape with a quick and easy-to-do travel exercise routine.  Even if you’re not familiar with the Chelsea Piers Sports Center (212/336-6000) on New York City’s Hudson River, you probably realize...

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Preventing And Minimizing Motion Sickness

Heading out on a long road trip, train journey or cruise? Here's the latest in herbal and pharmaceutical remedies to ease the symptoms of motion sickness.Heading out on a long road trip, train journey or cruise? Here's the latest in herbal and pharmaceutical remedies to ease the symptoms of motion sickness. Don’t let a queasy stomach ruin your next cruise, road trip, or flight....

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Accommodating Travel For The Mobility Impaired

Don’t be left behind (or leave anyone else behind) because of physical limitations or special needs. Here are tips to ensure that everyone can be part of the fun. It’s always more fun and more memorable when every member of the family participates in an out-of-town wedding, family celebration, reunion or multi-generational cruise. There are an estimated 53 million persons...

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Myths and Facts About Sun Protection

What's true and what's false about sunscreens, UV protection and tanning beds? Here are the interesting results of a survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology.What's true and what's false about sunscreens, UV protection and tanning beds? Here are the interesting results of a survey conducted by the American Academy of Dermatology. Half the battle in knowing...

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GeoSentinel: Global Illness Surveillance

International health organizations are using new tools and technology to keep travelers and those who stay home free of illness. As all travelers know, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control, and several governmental and regional medical authorities were thrust into the spotlight during the Spring...

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Selecting A Travel Medicine Clinic

The discipline of travel medicine involves specialists in infections, environments, tropical diseases and more to help diagnose illnesses abroad or at home. Planning an exotic family adventure and concerned about inoculations and preventive strategies if faced with unusual diseases? The new field of travel medicine includes many medical specialties, such as infectious diseases, high altitude...

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Traveler’s Thrombosis

This report from an international panel of travel medicine specialists looks at Deep Vein Thrombosis and how to prevent it. A press conference on the hot topic of "Economy Class Syndrome" was the hit with the leisure travel press at the 8th annual Conference of the International Society of Travel Medicine in 2003. Economy Class syndrome is not a complaint about peanuts and pretzels -- it refers...

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Preventing Malaria On Tropical Travels

Tips from FTF's Doc Holiday on a topic of interest to any families heading to South America or Asia -- malaria, its prevention and treatment strategies.Malaria, a serious but preventable disease with fever and flu-like symptoms (including chills, headache, and muscle ache), is transmitted by the Anopheles mosquito in 108 tropical and subtropical countries of Latin America, Hispaniola,...

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Safety In And Around the Water

Learn how to prevent accidents around pools, lakes, rivers and oceans -- even in your own bathtub -- when one adult is designated the Water Watcher. Kids can’t wait for summer.  However, along with school vacation, warm weather and outdoor sports comes an extra dose of responsibility for parents. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14...

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Preventing Illness Due To Heat And Sun

High temperatures and sunshine, whether at home or on vacation, can cause heat related illnesses. Read on for to-dos and tips to keep your family well protected. Intense heat and strong sunshine, combined with active play can lead to dehydration and heat-related illnesses.  Here are some general guidelines to help protect your child: To-Dos    ...

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Vacation Safety Tips

When packing for a family vacation, don’t forget to bring a travel first aid kit and some safety common sense. Sometimes injuries happen while on vacation because families are relaxing and don’t take the precautions they normally would at home. You can create your own travel first aid kit and place the items in a plastic container to keep moisture out. Travel First...

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Pool and Spa Safety Tips

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta offers pool and spa safety tips to prevent drowning, a leading cause of children's death. Remember to have fun and keep safe!Children's Healthcare of Atlanta offers pool and spa safety tips to prevent drowning, a leading cause of children's death. Remember to have fun and keep safe! Drowning is the number 2 cause of accidental death for...

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Cycling, In-line Skating and Skateboarding Safety

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta offers safety tips to kids and parents who bike, rollerblade and go skateboarding. Remember to have fun and keep safe!Children's Healthcare of Atlanta offers safety tips to kids and parents who bike, rollerblade and go skateboarding. Remember to have fun and keep safe! When the weather gets warm, and the days grow longer, kids start to pull out...

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Travel Smart: Tips from Your Pharmacist

The American Pharmacists Association offers tips on how to practice safe medication use when traveling. Traveling, whether for business or pleasure, alters our daily routine and disrupts our schedule, including our health care habits like taking medication. Whenever you take to the road or skies,  the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) urges consumers to follow a few simple procedures:  1...

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Healthy Flying: Yoga For Mid-Air Stress Reduction

Plane yoga? Be conscious of your body during air travel and keep comfortable while cramped in a seat high above the earth with these therapeutic exercise tips.We all know that statistically, air travel is the safest way to get from one location to another. But even on the most uneventful of flights, cramped cabin space (for those of us who can't afford first class) and stale, recirculated...

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Safety Tips for Back-To-School Sports Players

Do your kids play school sports? Read helpful tips from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society in case of injuries.Thirty million children and teens are busy gearing up for the fall athletic season. What they're not gearing up for is a sprained, strained or fractured ankle. However, US Consumer Product Safety Commission statistics reveal 3.5 million children and teens get hurt annually...

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Keeping Allergies And Asthma in Check

Here are some medically proven allergy prevention tips, designed to help you identify and overcome travel situations likely to aggravate asthma or allergies, and cause problems that can ruin a vacation. Did you know that more than 50 million Americans -- more than 20% of the population -- suffer from some type of allergic disease? In fact, researchers have found that 70% of people with asthma also...

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Breastfeeding Moms: Are You Deficient in Key Nutrients?

Keeping out of the sun is healthy for your skin, but is it healthy for your infants? New research finds that Vitamin D is essential for healthy lactation and healthy babies. Are breastfeeding mothers getting all the nutrients they need to ensure the optimal health of mom and baby? Surprisingly, for many nursing moms, the answer is likely “no.”  Pediatricians and nutrition...

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Travel and the Common Cold

Feed a cold and starve a fever? Or is it starve a cold and feed a fever? Read on to find out the best way to deal with that annoying cold.The traveler who laments, "Whenever our kids go away, they always come home sick" has cause for concern. The parent who assumes that "catching cold" is more common in winter does, too. Winter travel and the common cold go together because of children's...

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Doctor in the Casa?

Family Travel Forum provides a resource for health-related travel issues Becoming ill in a foreign country is one of the biggest fears faced by international travelers with children. Different cuisine, climate, altitude and other environmental factors such as air and water pollution can affect travelers' health in ways that may be impossible to communicate. If you want to know more...

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Avoiding Turista, Coping with Travelers’ Diarrhea

Studies presented at the annual International Society of Travel Medicine Conference offer new preventive measures for avoiding the most common travel illness.When you run a travel medicine clinic in Kathmandu, Nepal, as David R. Shlim, M.D. has done for several years, it's tough to avoid developing a keen interest traveler's diarrhea. Why, he asked himself, do 40-50% of the 60 million travelers...

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Doc Holiday’s Hygiene Tips For Healthy Travel

After the Spring 2009 flu outbreak made travelers across the globe afraid to fly, FTF's resident doctor saw a need to share simple health tips to ease parents' worries.After the Spring 2009 flu outbreak made travelers across the globe afraid to fly, FTF's resident doctor saw a need to share simple health tips to ease parents' worries. According to the Centers for Disease...

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Medical Risks In Adventure Travel

Medical practitioners caution parents to watch out for the really common things that most often go wrong.Adventure travel is growing substantially, and the family travel sector of this market is on the rise, according to the Seattle-based Adventure Travel Trade Assocation (ATTA). In their report for the 2007 fiscal year, ATTA surveyed 128 internationally...

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