Don’t Let A Blood Clot Spoil Your Travel Plans

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didyouknow?Blood clots can develop in the legs during hours of sitting in a plane, train, or automobile, a condition called deep-vein thrombosis (DVT). These clots can be painful, and even deadly, reports the March 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch.

If a blood clot grows in a leg vein, it can interfere with circulation in the leg, causing pain and swelling. Sometimes a small piece of the clot breaks off and travels to another part of the body — this tiny traveler is known as an embolus. A pulmonary embolus — a clot that lodges in the lungs — can block the flow of oxygen to the body, leading to fatigue, breathlessness, chest pain, and even death. Approximately 300,000 people die from pulmonary embolism in the United States every year.

“It usually takes more than a single factor for DVT to develop,” says Dr. Julianne Stoughton, a vascular surgeon at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital. Age is one factor; the chance of developing a blood clot begins to increase after age 40 and continues to rise throughout life. Inactivity imposed by travel is another. Taking a medication that promotes blood clotting, as well as conditions like factor V Leiden mutation, cancer, and heart disease, also increase the risk.

Several preventive measures can reduce the risk of developing a blood clot when you’re on the road or in the air:

Wear compression stockings. These aren’t the thick, rubbery, beige hose of yesteryear. Compression stockings are now virtually indistinguishable from opaque hose and come in a variety of colors. Made from an elastic material, they exert more pressure at the ankle than at the calf. This helps send blood back up through the veins to the heart.

Move around. Take a break every hour. When on a plane, bus, or train, walk the aisles; when driving, stop at a rest area. While seated, practice tracing the letters of the alphabet in the air with one foot, then the other, using the big toe as a “pen point.”

Stay awake. Don’t take a sleeping pill. A long nap in a seated position lets blood pool in the legs.

Keep hydrated. Drink plenty of water. Avoid alcohol, which is dehydrating. Staying hydrated may mean more bathroom visits, but getting up and walking down the aisle keeps blood circulating.

Wear loose clothing. It’s less likely to restrict blood flow.

Ask a doctor about taking low-dose aspirin. There is some evidence that a taking a baby aspirin before a trip can prevent blood clots.

Read the full-length article: “Healthy travel: Don’t let this common hazard spoil your best-laid plans”

Also in the March 2015 Harvard Women’s Health Watch:

* Breast cancer isn’t as deadly for older women

* How core exercises can help neck pain

* What you may not know about pelvic organ prolapse

* How music improves memory and mood

Harvard Women’s Health Watch is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/womens or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Top 5 Healthy Reasons To Take An Active Travel Vacation

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momdaugtherbikeStudies Show That Active Travel is No Longer a Luxury, but a Necessity for a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit.

As the leader in active travel, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations has successfully operated bicycling and walking tours throughout the world for over 44 years, creating culturally immersive experiences for American travelers. With numerous studies showcasing the health benefits of an active vacation, VBT President Gregg Marston, an avid cyclist, walker and traveler, has compiled a list of the top five healthy reasons to book a trip that will benefit your mind, body and spirit.

1. Social Health – According to the Global Coalition on Aging, group travel builds social ties, which studies have suggested helps nurture interest in life-long learning. With a small-group design, VBT tours deliver authentic personal interactions. Whether it’s enjoying a picnic lunch at the home of a Spanish family on the way to Cordoba or the warm encounters with local families during home-hosted lunches and dinners, group travelers share wonderful memories that will linger long after returning home.

2. Brain Health – According to Dr. Paul Nussbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, travel promotes brain health and builds brain resilience. Preventive Medicine found that people who cycled frequently benefitted from improved mental well-being. While traveling with VBT, learning experiences are endless from a private cooking class at one of Hoi An’s most popular restaurants to guided tours with local experts in Cesky Krumlov and Pompeii, wine tastings in Bordeaux, and demonstrations with artisans on the Croatian island of Brač.

3. Lowering Health Risks – Active travel is proven to lower many health risks such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, heart disease, colon cancer, breast cancer, depression levels and more, according to the Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee. Furthermore, staying active and traveling throughout life has physical, cognitive and social benefits that lead to a healthier aging process according to the US Travel Association. Offering an easy-to-moderate pace, each VBT traveler can create their own activity level with the flexibility to stop along the way to enjoy a glass of wine against a backdrop of rolling hills of Tuscany or the swaying Cypress trees in Provence.

4. Spirituality – Beyond the excitement of new discoveries, travel offers the opportunity to enrich and transform one’s perspective. A stroll along verdant gardens in Capri, a peek into the historic chapels in Bellano or a bike ride along Lake Champlain opens the mind, exhilarates the senses and refreshes the spirit immeasurably.

5. Necessity over Luxury – Nearly half of Americans agree that travel is not a luxury, but a necessity according to TravelEffect.com. Plus, surveys from the Global Coalition on Aging show that after being on a vacation for a day or two, 89 percent of people are able to leave the stressors of work behind and relax. That’s a major reason why 98.6 percent of VBT’s guests plan to travel again with VBT due to the fulfilling experiences they enjoyed during their active vacation.

In addition to numerous health benefits, VBT travelers will be fully immersed in their destination. All VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations are led by local Trip Leaders who provide insight into the region’s customs and traditions, as well as help facilitate authentic cultural experiences. Continually recognized as the best value in active travel, VBT’s tour prices include all accommodations, use of custom bicycles or walking poles, many meals, two expert local trip leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities, and on-tour vehicle support.

Travelers looking to reach healthy goals on vacation can save up to $300 on select departures by using the code VBT1505 when booking now until February 6. To request a catalog or reserve a VBT active vacation, visit http://www.vbt.com or call 877-395-5290.

About VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations

VBT offers 49 deluxe, small-group bicycling and walking tours in 25 different countries, including destinations throughout Europe, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Vietnam, Peru, South Africa, and the United States. Each trip includes all accommodations, many meals, two expert local Trip Leaders, unique sightseeing and cultural activities and on-tour vehicle support. Unlike other companies, VBT also includes roundtrip international airfare from over 30 U.S. cities and select Canadian cities for all overseas vacations. In 2014, VBT was rated by the readers of Travel + Leisure among the “World’s Best Tour Operators” for the fifth consecutive year. http://www.vbt.com.

3 Top Disney Travel Tips For Families

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familywalk2One of the best-loved destinations in the world for families is Disneyland, and each and every year thousands flock to the Park and its sister California Adventure for family fun. Jeanette Bunn knows that this year will be no different for the popularity of the park, especially as it begins its 60th anniversary celebrations in May. For those who want to enjoy the Disneyland experience with their families this year, Jeanette Bunn, Travel To Go President, shares some tips for navigating the park and enjoying the trip to the fullest.

1. Give each kid some input: When traveling with a large family, it is important that everyone has a say in what they want to do on the trip. However, families want to avoid arguing during the park day by planning ahead. Jeanette Bunn recommends that families have a list of must visit rides and areas of the park for each family member before entering the park. This will help the family make a plan that will please each member and help everyone have their perfect vacation without disagreeing.

2. Avoid overspending on merchandise: It is always tempting to buy a lot of souvenirs while in the park. However, costs for these items can quickly add up, especially for large families. By buying some new Disney products from stores near home or online before the trip, and then presenting it to kids on the way, families can avoid the high park prices while still getting the kids some Disney merchandise to remember the trip. Parents can also give each kid a budget so that they can pick a fun item that they want to bring home from the park.

3. Dine smart: For those with big families, Jeanette Bunn of Travel To Go knows that it can be inconvenient to deal with crowds during meal times. However, if families are a little flexible and visit the restaurants during irregular meal times, there will be more space for the family to sit together and shorter lines to contend with. However, be sure to pack some snacks for the kids before heading into the park. Granola bars and packs of crackers are good choices that can prevent the family from wanting to spend money on park snacks. Also, never be afraid to leave the park for a couple of hours for a picnic lunch or fast food outside the park to cut down on meal costs.

Planning a Disneyland vacation is always a thrill. When using tips like these from Jeanette Bunn, Travel To Go President, families can easily navigate the park, save money, and ensure that everyone has the Disney vacation that they dreamed of. For more information on planning a family getaway in 2015 visit http://www.traveltogo.com/.

WordPress Plus Google Opens Portals to 1.2 Million Cities Through Travel Site

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googleA new tool for exploring the businesses of 1.2 million cities around the world has launched. Street View Maps .City is a worldwide geographical website application with 1,200,000 cities in its database.

The website incorporates establishments recognized by Google Maps API and then applies a sophisticated level of detail for each location. The website, developed on the WordPress platform has recently launched and, already being enjoyed by thousands of users.

With Street View Maps City users are able to enter a city and immediately begin exploring all its nooks and crannies. To begin, just type in the city to explore, or select one from the worldwide directory built into the site. Vector icons displayed along the right side of the screen display different categories of locations to explore, such as: Airports, banks, bakeries, car rentals, doctors, fast food, gas stations, grocery or supermarket, hair care, hotels, lodging, restaurants, pizza, shopping malls, spas, train stations, travel agencies, embassies, police stations, computer stores, fitness, places of worship, photos, playgrounds, parking, and universities.

The site has a very slick, intuitive design, and it’s exceptionally fun and easy to use. Just click on an icon on the right sidebar, and immediately see matching icons appear on the map. Click an icon on the map and the selection will appear in Google street view (where available). Users also have the option to see the surrounding area, get directions, or click a link to visit local businesses, or establishments selected.

Click and drag the map to quickly start exploring other places nearby. While moving around the map, new matching criteria will appear, giving instant, convenient access to whatever type of establishment searching for.
The website’s functionality also includes fully searchable locations if an existing location already known, or enter a specific address or area to learn more about it.

Google Place Types APIs (application program interface) is a set of APIs developed by Google which allow communication with Google Services, for developers and their integration to other services. As a result of opening APIs to third-parties, developers are creating apps which use these APIs to build upon the functionality of pre-existing services.

WordPress was created out as an alternative personal publishing software system built on PHP and MySQL. It’s licensed under the GPLv2 (or later). WordPress is an open source project, which means there are hundreds of people all over the world working on its progressive development. Currently WordPress powers 23% of the websites populating the internet.

Whether traveling, or to see the world from a desktop computer, iPad, tablet, notebook, or mobile device, Street View Maps .City gives users a better perspective of the cities that cover the world. Developed by Jason T. Shortes.

Ask A Travel Nurse Practitioner – Keeping The Kids healthy?

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By Vance Hobbes

kidsAs a travel nurse practitioner with kids, you’ve got a couple options available when deciding what to do with your children. You can pack up your kids and take them with you, or if the assignment isn’t too long you can leave them at home under the discretion of your caretaker or spouse. If you choose to leave them at home for a while, keeping them healthy can be a challenge. You won’t be there to take them to the doctor’s office when they get sick, won’t be able to properly take care of cuts, or notice other irregularities in each child’s health. The simple answer is to let the responsibility fall on the shoulders of the caretaker or spouse. But this isn’t being a good parent. There are steps you can take to minimize unnecessary medical visits and to keep your child healthy while away. Let’s discuss a few of those steps now.

• Multivitamins

I can’t overstate the importance of a multivitamin for your kids. Not only do they prevent against diseases, but also make up for nutrient deficiencies and supply a consistent amount of nutrient consumption for your child. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association,

Most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone. Pending strong evidence of effectiveness from randomized trials, it appears prudent for all adults to take vitamin supplements.

Iron, calcium, potassium, fluoride (I’m not a fluoride conspiracy theorist, it helps build strong teeth), vitamin D, and Zinc are the main vitamins and minerals you should target when purchasing multivitamin supplements for your kids.

girljumpingroperounded• Exercise/Fresh air

Keeping your child active while away on a travel nurse practitioner job is tricky considering you’ll be unable to force your child to get off the computer or quit watching TV to go outside and play. A great way to combat this is to purchase a toy every week or so that can only be played with outside. This may be a Slip ‘N Slide during the summer, sled during the winter, or basketball and hoop during any season.

Childhood obesity in the United States is no laughing matter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affects 17% of the children in the United States. Michelle Obama has been a major advocate for reforming what foods are provided at the school cafeteria, but a parent can make a major difference as well by advocating an active lifestyle with their children.

• Healthy Food

As was touched on a bit in the previous article, childhood obesity is a problem. While away on your travel nurse practitioner job, it can be difficult to limit the amount of sweets and junk food your kid(s) consume. This will be difficult to control, but holding your spouse/caretaker accountable for which foods are purchased and available for your child to eat will make a major difference. Advise the saladplatepurchase of fruits and vegetables, but limit fruit juices. When your kid is thirsty from playing outside in the summer heat, you don’t want them to come inside and see a big bottle of sugary fruit juice sitting on the counter. There are many tasty alternatives – my personal favorite is sparkling flavored water. Still tastes great but also doesn’t contain the unnecessary calories and sugar of fruit juices.

French fries are not vegetables. Neither are fried pickles. I’m talking carrots, green beans, lettuce, tomatoes… Those kinds of vegetables. Again this largely depends on what you advise the leader of the house to purchase while away on your assignment.

Wrapping-up

It comes down to providing three basics to your children while away on your travel nurse assignment: multivitamins, exercise, and healthy food. Of course there are some other characteristics you can always add to the list, this is simply the core for keeping your kids healthy while away. This not only works for a travel nurse, but any other parent who will spend time apart from their kids as well.

– Vance Hobbes is a freelance writer and former medical researcher. Hobbes writes about many facets of the medical field, and works with CompHealth. When he’s not writing the day away, he spends his free time tending to his prizewinning garden and attending any basketball game he can find.

Eating Healthy At The Airport

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By Dr. Adeyemi Fatoki

healthysaladEating healthy at the airport is a misnomer. The goal of airport food vendors is not to help you eat healthy but to make you eat more and keep coming back. What every traveler should keep in mind is that eating junk food once in a while is not really going to have much of an effect on your weight or health. The problem is more with the things you eat on a regular basis. Here are a few tips to help you make the best of unhealthy choices:

1. Avoid foods that are labeled low fat. They usually have more sugar and/or salt.

2. Limiting your sugar intake is more important than calories. As far as calories are concerned, if you are hungry, you will find something else to eat. It is the processed foods that we can’t stop eating. It is difficult to consume excess calories of more natural foods as you will only make yourself sick. For women, I recommend limiting you total sugar intake to 24 gm (6 teaspoons) a day and for men, 36 gm (9 teaspoons).

3. Learn to read the ingredients of food packages or refer to the nutritional information when available.

4. Avoid processed foods. Words like enriched, bleached, high fructose corn syrup, modified corn starch, artificial sweeteners and a bunch of names that you have no clue about is a good way to identify processed foods. These foods are generally called comfort foods. They are the ones we generally can’t stop eating until we finish the entire package.

5. Buy foods in smaller packages or sizes. Avoid super-sizing drinks.

6. Avoid artificial sweeteners. The body was never designed to use anything that sweet.

7. Drink water instead of soda with your meals.

8. Try to eat equal amounts of protein, carbohydrates and salads/vegetables. If not possible, do 50% protein and 50% vegetables. Protein tends to be more filling so you eat less.

9. If you can, pack your own snack. At least, you know exactly what you are eating.

– Dr. Adeyemi Fatoki, M.D., is a Bariatrician, Author, & Medical Director of Great Heights Family Medicine in Calumet City and Ottawa, IL and co-founder of Practical Health Technology Solutions and Practical Weight Management Program

Copyright 2012 Adeyemi Fatoki, MD. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.

Curbing Car Travel Could Be As Effective As Cutting Calories

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From Your Health Journal…..”I found a great web site today called E Science News, and I strongly recommend your visiting there for some great stories, including the one being reviewed here today. Now, before you say ‘duh’ – this is obvious, read the entire story on the E Science News web site. A study showed how sitting in your car for extended periods of time contributed to obesity, along with a poor diet. The study is suggesting that making small changes in travel or diet choices may lead to comparable obesity reduction, which implies that travel-based interventions may be as effective as dietary interventions. Now, some feedback from readers may be….”I need to travel for work and family obligations.” This is true, but, if a drive is not really necessary, the study is suggesting that physical activity can replace some driving time, so if you can avoid a drive, do so! Please visit the E Science News page to read the full story.”

From the article…..

Those considering how to maintain a healthy weight during holiday festivities, or looking ahead to New Year’s resolutions, may want to think twice before reaching for traditional staples like cookies or candy — or the car keys. A new study by University of Illinois researchers, led by computer science and mathematics professor Sheldon H. Jacobson, suggests that both daily automobile travel and calories consumed are related to body weight, and reducing either one, even by a small amount, correlates with a reduction in body mass index (BMI).

“We’re saying that making small changes in travel or diet choices may lead to comparable obesity reduction, which implies that travel-based interventions may be as effective as dietary interventions,” said graduate student Banafsheh Behzad, a co-author of the study, published in the journal Preventive Medicine.

Obesity is a multidimensional problem with many social and medical factors, but maintaining body weight essentially is a result of energy consumed and energy expended. Other studies look at the two issues individually, or at a local or individual level, but Jacobson’s group wanted to look at both sides of the equation through a national lens. As an outgrowth of previous work examining the relationship between driving and obesity, they decided to use driving as a proxy for physical activity.

“An easy way to be more physically active is to spend less time in an automobile. Any time a person sits behind the wheel of a car, it’s one of the most docile activities they can do in a day,” Jacobson said. “The automobile is the quickest mode of transportation we have. But a consequence of this need for speed in getting things done may be the obesity epidemic.”

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