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Avoid Third World Travel
Pregnancy alters a woman's immune system. Before traveling to any country with health risks, pregnant women should note the following: * Avoid live vaccines, unless you plan to visit an area endemic for yellow fever. If you are in your first trimester, you should not receive any vaccines at all. * Be sure you are immune to rubella (German measles) before taking a cruise. Outbreaks of rubella have been reported on cruise ships; this normally harmless disease can cause fetal damage if a pregnant woman contracts it. * Take strict precautions against mosquitoes if traveling to countries where malaria occurs. Malaria can be especially severe in pregnant women, and may result in stillbirths or miscarriages. Pregnant women should consider postponing travel to areas with malaria, if possible. * Use portable water filters instead of iodine tables for purifying water. Concerning air travel, pregnant women should consider the following: * Avoid frequent air travel. Although the emissions during flight are generally considered safe, very slight exposure to radiation from cosmic rays occurs. * To avoid problems during air travel, carry a letter from the doctor indicating the baby's due date. Most airlines prohibit women who are 35 or more weeks pregnant from flying internationally. * Walk in the aisles during long flights to help prevent blood clots. Wear seat belts low around your hips in case of air turbulence. * Try to avoid travel altogether if you are expecting multiple births, you have a history of preeclampsia (pregnancy-induced hypertension), or you are at high risk for other conditions such as circulatory problems. * Radiation from airport security scanners is minimal. However, pregnant passengers may ...Read more
Partially: Telemedicine is likely to allow medical specialists to help people in remote locations. I am of the opinon that telemedicine is unlikely to deliver much routine or basic care. Other technologies can help with basic health care by allowing people access to medical information (such as healthtap) and connecting people with health concerns to the medical providers. ...Read more
Childhood HIV: Most through childbirth or breast feeding from an infected mother. Sexual abuse is certainly involved in some. Blood transfusion may account for some. In third world countries there are intensive efforts to prevent and treat while educating the population. See who web site for hiv/aids. ...Read more
Does HeathTap have any services for people from third world countries? What I mean is a discount in the prices?
I Dont Know: You are on the free sight where can ask questions for free. You need to ask the owners because the doctors on here are unable to make that decision. ...Read more
Why can't united states provide free and quality health care to all when third world countries can?
They don't either: Health care avaialabilty and cost to individuals vary the world around. Many developing countries provide subsidized health care for their citizens. Many also depend upon the generosity of other govermnments or ngo's for funding. The quality and availabltiy of healthcare varies tremedously country to country. Citizens in the usa who want subsidized health care need to work with their governement. ...Read more
What should I do to stop bleeding from an accident victim? (severe bleeding). (no 911, third world).
Seek medical help: You orobably severed an imoortant vessel. Please have it checked. ...Read more
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