Summer :: Experts on Sundry Summer Woes

Tulane general internist Jeffrey Wiese reminds us that summer heat can strike with little warning. Children, the elderly, overweight persons and people on certain medications need to take extra precautions because they are especially vulnerable to the effects of heat.

Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and remember to drink more water and stay out of the midday sun as much as possible.

The Buzz About Mosquito Season

Mosquito hunter and medical entomologist Dawn Wesson is available to provide advice about protecting yourself from mosquitoes. Wesson is developing a “mosquito motel” to target the mosquito that carries West Nile, yellow fever and dengue fever, diseases that continue to plague the developing world.

Traveler’s Health

Infectious disease specialist Susan McLellan conducts a travel medicine clinic at Tulane University in New Orleans. McLellan provides preventive health tips for people traveling internationally, including health considerations, such as the possible impact of altitude sickness on a long-planned mountain vacation. The clinic offers vaccines and preventive remedies for diseases that are common in the developing world, such as yellow fever and malaria.

Highway Safety

Tulane University professor Ronald Jones can discuss public safety initiatives regarding highway travel and can provide statistics on dangers such as DWI and underage drinking. In addition, Jones is an expert in police administration — from law enforcement ethics and standards, policies and procedures, to use of force and the occasional vehicle pursuit.

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