Water Safety Dos and Don'ts 

By Deborah Sanborn

Would you sink or swim? Here's how to survive an unexpected plunge, even when the water isn't cold

Summer’s coming, and most of us will be taking the plunge—into lakes, streams and oceans. Here’s something you need to know about drowning: people who fall into water unexpectedly are at a significantly higher risk of dying than those in the water by choice—even if swimming in the same location.

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It's Not Always Good On the Sunny Side of the Street

By Deborah Sanborn

Though our skin needs sun to produce Vitamin D, that takes just minutes per day of unprotected exposure. The rest of the time, say experts, you're wise to cover up

If you're 26 and notice a mole below your shoulder, you might not think much of it—even if it wasn’t there a few months ago. But Courtney Rennie did think something of it, because as a doctor she knows that spots, moles or lesions on the skin which appear over time can be a warning sign.

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Go Ahead, Take the Kiddies!

By Deborah Sanborn / Photos by Don DeBold

Travelling with your kids can be the best risk you’ve ever taken—or the worst decision you’ve ever made. Guess what makes the difference?

To avoid one and get the other while travelling with kids, plan, prepare and put in order. Here are two great reasons why travelling with kids is an amazing opportunity: one, little brains develop physically better the more they are psychologically stimulated, and with childhood obesity rates soaring, instilling kids with a lust for adventure may help prolong their life.

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How To Get High Safe

By Deborah Sanborn

Altitude sickness should “never be fatal by definition,” says Dr. Ken Zafren, meaning it’s like chickenpox—unpleasant and discomforting, but rarely life-threatening. 

Yet it can be, adds the mountain and wilderness medical expert, if ignored. And it often is ignored, by hearty trekkers or climbers who play by the motto, “no pain, no gain.” A better motto might be that of the Himalayan Rescue Association, where Zafren, an ex-climber and vociferous trekker himself, has been associate director since 1992: “Don’t go Too High, Too Fast.”

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When Counterfeits Kill

By Deborah Sanborn

The toxic truth about the cheap alternative and underground market for fake medicines abroad  

A new epidemic is galvanizing public health experts—the proliferation of counterfeit medicines. And it’s one with serious implications for adventure travellers, since the meds for malaria are at the top of the counterfeiting list. Over the past decade, several tragic incidents have shown how fake medicines are now wreaking havoc on innocent lives, especially those in the poorest of places.

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