Arsenic and Old Mines

When I first found out I would be spending my summer researching arsenic contamination in Thailand, I couldn’t help but think of the 1940’s classic film, “Arsenic and Old Lace,” which was my first introduction to arsenic and its poisonous characteristics. In the dark comedy, Cary Grant’s character discovers his two sweet elderly aunts are…

Healthy Messages

For your viewing pleasure, a few of the public health messages I’ve run across this summer: Paris, France: Notice about influenza and other respiratory diseases posted in a restroom “Wash your hands multiple times per day” “When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth & nose with your sleeve” “If you have flu symptoms, call your…

These Aren’t Butterflies

Photo: Catching mosquitoes with butterfly nets is easier than you’d think. Shake out the curtains, set a mosquito flying, and swing the net around a few times. Then check the net to see if your hunt was successful. This morning as I walked through campus at Prince of Songkhla University (PSU) in Hatyai, Thailand, I…

Adjusting to the Heat

The morning we arrived in Bangkok, Thailand, the military instituted martial law. The day we arrived in Hat Yai, there was a military coup. Sunset view from the 5th floor over HatYai, Thailand Interestingly enough, this is not the first, nor the second or third coup in recent Thai history. Which might explain why our…