What you don’t know can’t keep you healthy

A virus with a “terrible” hacking cough eclipsed Deirdre Girard’s recent South American cruise on the Viking Sun. But for the playwright and her husband, the real disappointment set in after they got home.

“Once we started getting better, we heard from other passengers that half the ship had had the same virus, and that there were lines of people at the ship doctor’s office,” Girard, of Newbury, Mass., says. Girard’s doctor asked for more information about the virus. Viking refused to tell the couple what it knows, citing the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects patient privacy, she says.
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Here are the best apps for your next trip

There are millions of apps available for your phone, but you can’t take all of them on your next trip. So which smartphone apps should you pack?

That may seem like an easy question to answer, but it isn’t. We forget so much when we travel. Of the 10 most-downloaded iPhone apps last year, only one – Google Maps – made the list (at No. 8). It’s currently at No. 10 on the iTunes chart.

So what are the “must have” travel apps – the ones you’ll turn to again and again on your trip?
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How to find reliable health information for your next trip

A virus with a “terrible” hacking cough eclipsed Deirdre Girard’s recent South American cruise on the Viking Sun. But for the playwright and her husband, the real disappointment set in after they got home. They needed reliable health information — but could not find it.

“Once we started getting better, we heard from other passengers that half the ship had had the same virus, and that there were lines of people at the ship doctor’s office,” Girard, of Newbury, Mass., says. Girard’s doctor asked for more information about the virus. Viking refused to tell the couple what it knows, citing the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which protects patient privacy, she says.
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