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Medical kit for Yachts

August 22nd, 2022

What is needed for a marine medical kit depends on several things How far from medical care the ship will be sailing?  For example,  if you will sail 24 hours from medical care you will need more supplies than if you are always going to be within 6 hours of care. The level of medical […]

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Paxlovid and travellers

July 27th, 2022

Paxlovid®= combination of Nirmatrelvir (N) and Ritonavir (R) Paxlovid is a COVID-19 medication that is a combination of two antiviral drugs. It is used for the treatment of early COVID-19 in persons who are severely immunosuppressed. The goal is to make COVID sufferers less likely to progress to severe COVID-19 which requires hospitalisation. In a […]

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Which face mask is best?

January 23rd, 2022

Everyone : mould the metal strip firmly around your nose, make sure the mask covers your nose and mouth,  is pulled under your chin, the strings are holding the mask as tightly as possible to your face, and there are no obvious gaps at the side. For most persons – try to get a KN95 […]

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Drug expiry dates are important

It may come as no surprise, that drug expiry dates are not all they are cracked up to be. Some drugs are still effective for a long time after their printed drug expiry date. Hoarding of drugs has been metaphorically placed in the same category as stacks of old newspapers, magazines, broken equipment, empty boxes and […]

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Travellers Medical Kit

October 28th, 2016

When travelling overseas, a Travellers Medical Kit is as necessary as SHOES.  About half of all travellers experience a medical problem while overseas.  Purchasing drugs in some countries can make you even sicker than you were at the start. Buying copy watches or copy handbags is one thing, but buying copy drugs can be REALLY […]

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I am sometimes asked about useful apps for Travellers – I must declare my bias in that I am in the iPhone camp so don’t know as much about android apps. There are lists online like this one of 50 but I use almost none of these. Here is my list of essentials Timescroller – […]

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From one of my readers – thanks Sherry.   “Dr Deb’s book saved my life (ok, maybe not literally) in Laos in Feb 2012. I had the worst case of food poisoning I’ve ever had in my life, and in the morning, when faced with an 8 hour bus journey on wind-y and bumpy roads, […]

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Gastro on the Nile Cruise

April 12th, 2012

The incidence of Travellers Diarrhoea in persons cruising down the Nile approaches 90%, so in the past Travel Medicine doctors have sometimes prescribed a daily dose of a special antibiotic while on the 3-6 day cruise for the prevention of this very debilitating condition. However, recent research in Canada has been released that suggests persons […]

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January 7th, 2011

I have recently been asked about Melatonin for jetlag A product circadan = 2 mg slow release melatonin was approved last year in australia by The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) for use in persons over 55 years of age http://www.medicalobserver.com.au/news/tga-approves-melatonin-for-adult-insomnia However the cochraine review http://www2.cochrane.org/reviews/en/ab001520.html …did not encourage the use of 2mg slow release melatonin […]

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Picaridin is a new but effective repellent, that some persons find more pleasant to use than DEET. It does not eat your plastic for a start! . ‘DEET’ is the gold standard effective mosquito repellent to apply on your skin. Repellents work by blocking the receptors on the mosquitoes antennae, so the mosquitoes cannot find […]

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