In its 8th year, HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey is an annual survey that questions expats about their experience of life abroad compared to their previous life at home. The survey includes questions about the expat’s perception of the changes to their health, their careers and lifestyle. The results are based on the responses of 21,950 expats living around the world.
In this year’s survey, Singapore was ranked the top expat destination, replacing Switzerland that topped the survey last year. Read More →
Think about how hard you try to keep memories in your brain instead of your digital device. In today’s highly technological world, the common train of thought involves ‘I wish I had more battery to take a picture’ instead of actually enjoying the moment and forcing our brain to create a solid, lasting memory trace.
Not long ago, a photo of an old woman surfaced experiencing life through her eyes rather than her screen, reminding people that reality is not what our digital device suggests.
International health news
- Taller people at greater risk of cancer – a Swedish study suggests that height and risk of cancer are linked, stating that for every 10 extra cm of height the risk increases by 18% for women and 11% for men.
- Teenagers staying up late are piling on the pounds – a five year study revealed that for every hour teenagers stayed up late during the week, they had a 2.1 increase in BMI.
- Asthma steroids could stunt children’s growth – a new report suggests that certain types of asthma inhalers could lead to a 3 cm decrease of the average height of an adult.
We hear a lot in the media about ‘friendly bacteria’. I always assumed that this was just a clever marketing term coined to convince people to buy yoghurt. In fact, there may be more about these claims than a canny ad man trying to leverage his product.
The human body is jam-packed with microorganisms. There are around one trillion microorganisms found in the body, outnumbering human cells by around ten to one. In a 200 pound adult, around 2 – 6 pounds is made up purely of bacteria. Gross.
Retiring abroad is more popular than ever, with millions of people leaving their home countries behind to settle into a new place; after all, it’s never too late to start a new adventure. There are many countries considered to be retirement hotspot destinations, but that are also dangerous in nature. Whether it’s natural disasters, drug-related violence, or a constant fear of pickpockets, these destinations are only fit for people with common sense.
Not taking into consideration war-ridden countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria or Iraq, the following countries are considered amongst the most dangerous for retirees. Don’t let this dissuade you from retiring to these countries however since many of them are home to thriving expat communities. As long as you keep your head up and your rolex at home, you should be fine.
International health news
- Some smokers are able to avoid lung problems – and it is all down to genetics! This discovery could help doctors discover better treatments for diseases such as lung cancer, bronchitis and emphysema.
- The drinking-8-glasses-of-water-a-day rule has been debunked – There is sufficient water in food and other drinks to keep our bodies well-hydrated.
- Is the 5 second rule, really true? – It depends on how clean your floor actually is.
Rugby has long been seen as a rough game, with crunching tackles and, er… nipple tweaking. That could all be about to change though, as World Rugby chief medical officer Martin Raftery says that the sport must take steps to become safer.
The suggestion comes as concussions have become more and more rampant in the modern game, having risen dramatically in England by 59% in one season.
When living abroad, health risks should never be overlooked. Underdeveloped countries might pose threats of food- or water-borne illnesses. Tropical areas might mean there is a risk of being infected with malaria, dengue or yellow fever. Living in a country with a high concentration of air pollutants is also hazardous to your lungs.
As an expat, it’s important to have an answer to the following question: should I require emergency medical assistance, would I stay where I am or fly back home? The decision varies on where I am living or travelling at the moment of illness or injury and how bad it is. I currently live in Spain, but would be on a plane back home to Mexico in a heartbeat.
International health news
- Napping is good, as long as you don’t overdo it – new research has revealed that napping every afternoon for one hour can increase the risk of Type 2 Diabetes by 46%.
- $442 billion USD are spent on dental disease every year – a recent paper reported the outstanding amount of money invested in curing dental diseases; these costs could be reduced significantly with improvement in oral health.
“You know what you guys don’t have here..?” – a question that still rankles me to this day and it is a common one asked by many an expat or traveller when abroad. I get it, when you’re abroad you miss your home comforts; I for one miss a bacon and black pudding butty, but I’m not about to pack my bags for home any time soon. You just need to accept the cultural and culinary differences of your new home.
Sometimes though, certain foods are unavailable due to a nationwide ban in certain countries, often for rather perplexing reasons. So expats beware – below are some homely treats you may not be able to indulge in if you move to certain expat destinations!