Questions & Answers about Mad Cow and vCJD

Eliot C. Heher, MD For an introduction to Mad Cow Disease and its human variant, vCJD, please see Mad Cow Disease: Advice for Expatriates and Travelers. How did the epidemic start? Scientists don’t know for sure but it’s believed that the use of cattle feeds containing meat and bone meal from animal carcasses, including sheep […]

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A Flight with Sore Eyes: Vision Care for Travelers

Eliot C. Heher, MD Waiting for the ferry from Sifnos to Athens on a windy day in August, Boston attorney Scott Martin (an alias) felt something fly into his eye. Severe pain began immediately and continued throughout the six hour ferry ride despite all attempts to wash the eye clean. After an emergency room nurse […]

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When Ears Have an Altitude Problem

Eliot C. Heher, MD The human body didn’t evolve to accommodate air travel at 33,000 feet. So, it’s not surprising that high altitude flying can cause a variety of physical symptoms, despite the high quality pressurization systems available on modern aircraft. In-flight ear pain is certainly one of the most common problems fliers report. Steep […]

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Preventing Motion Sickness

Eliot C. Heher, MD Motion Sickness is remarkably common and while some people are more susceptible than others, there’s probably no one who is immune if the motion stimulus is strong enough and unfamiliar enough. While modern cruise ships are designed with stabilizer systems to minimize the movements that stimulate Motion Sickness, in certain types […]

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