Events and Announcements from
and Traveling -a health overview. By Gary Podolsky MD
This write up discusses common health problems abroad
Missionaries, as they travel the countries of the world, may
be exposed to various hazards, illnesses, and infections. Each trip
is different. Short term visitors need only take simple food and
water precautions while long term expatriates have the same risk
for certain diseases as the local indigenous people.
Many illnesses can be prevented through immunizations. Vaccines
give immunity but do not cause disease. Unfortunately many diseases
that there are not yet vaccines to prevent against, also coexist
with the ones we can prevent, so travelers must still be careful
about food and water as well as insect bites to ensure good health...
1st and 2nd Wilderness Medicine in Manitoba Conference
Our Multidisciplinary Conference on Wilderness Medicine, was held
on April1st and 2nd at the Norwood Hotel. This year it was expanded
to a 2 day meeting.
had representatives from Nursing, Pharmacology, Entomology,
Psychiatry, Dentistry, Dermatology and Sports Medicine this
year and hope to continue to attract a wide variety of attendees
from different Health Specialties as well.
Our first day focused on Clinical Issues in Immunology
included: Mr. Shane Wood RN and Director of Student
Health Red River College. Shane discussed Immunizing Health
Care Workers, Tuberculosis testing and Issues in Immunizing.
Ms Jacinda Wagner Pharmacist, Director at Shoppers
Drug Mart at Portage and Moray Jacinda discussed Principles
of immunization and interaction of medications with travel
drugs. Dinner was included.
Gary Podolsky discussed side effects of immunizations as well
as the Anti-vaccination movement within Winnipeg. A second talk
on Cruise ship medicine and nursing followed.
Dr Simon Trepel spoke on Anxiety and fears in people taking
anti malarials in his talk Mefloquine and Madness.
April 2nd was our Expedition Medicine Day and wel focused
on Medical issues among extreme human conditions and their prevention
Dr Richard Heyday, Dermatologist talked on Skin Cancer in
Travelers as well as Tropical skin problems.
Dr Terry Galloway, Entomologist discussed Mosquitoes, in
particular the recent development of Malaria in the Dominican Republic.
Dr Elsa Hui Derksen, Dentistry discussed Third World Dentistry
Dr Scott Clifford, Veterinarian was slated to speak on the Avian
Flu Awareness but because of person commitments will be unable to
attend and this talk was done by Dr Podolsky.
Dr Podolsky also discussed SCUBA medicine problems. Dr Tremel
concluded with his discussion on Culture Shock in Travelers
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Arctic Medicine Conference October 6th-10th 2005
a Tundra Buggy tour visitors are able to view and photograph these
animals as well as other Arctic Wildlife in a way that does not
threaten or endanger them. These tours are run by Naturalists.
For more information click here
Arctic Meeting will include discussions on topics relevant to people
living in the Canadian Circumpolar environment as well as other
Arctic climes around the world. Our conference is scheduled for
Oct 6,7,8, and 9th which involves Canadian Thanks Giving. Registrants
will also be able to return on Oct 10th, Thanksgiving to their families.
We have planned for our meeting to take place in Churchill Manitoba
during the peak in Polar Bear Sightings around Churchill. Churchill
is well known as a good place to view these bears in the wild via
for Traveling to Tropical areas of the world
Travelers to tropical and subtropical areas such as Africa and South
America may encounter several types of health dangers. The following
is a brief summary of groups of concerns. Tetanus/Diptheria (Td)
boosters for Td are recommended if not received within the last
10 years. Polio (IPV) vaccine may be recommended for areas of the
world where polio still occurs.
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entire text please click here
We are pleased to announce our Ukrainian Colleagues are putting
together a Neurology Symposium in Odessa Ukraine on April 20-24th.
This is an International Symposium with representatives from a variety
of European Countries.
The symposium will take place in English.
Those interested may view and print conference pamphlet here.
Please contact Dr Liliya Zvyagina
Odessa region medical center
Sudostroitelnaya 1, Odessa 65029 Ukraine.
8-0672842414 mobile (0482) 63-65-79(day) tel/fax(0482)-67-71-29.(evening)
Following the recent natural disasters in South East Asia, we have
had several questions from prospective travelers to those countries
Project "Liubov - Love" - The newest campaign to assist poor
children and youth in Ukraine is initiated for the fall/winter period
of 2005. As we greet this season of the year, we know the special
needs of children wherever they may live in the world. Click
Here for more information
One Hundred Most Notable Ukrainian Canadians of the Past Nomination
Form - Click Here
CAMP - TABIR "ZUSTRICH" II - 2006 -
A Canada-Ukraine Youth Exchange And Educational Project - Click
Here English or Ukrainian
Ukraine since the Orange Revolution - October 20, 2005
Free Admission - 264 Tache Ave
There will be an informal disscusionon current Ukraine since
the Orange Revolution at Slylark Medical Clinic on October 20,
2005. This will Include health conditions in Ukraine hospitals
and infromation on how Canadian Health Care workers can directly
Highlights from recent Odessa Medical Confrence.
For more information or to reserve your spot please call Candice
at the clinic.