Well, this is traveling season, and everyone plans on doing it safely. But if you're on board an airplane and have a medical emergency, what kind of help can you expect to get? This may depend on luck, and whether there's a qualified physician traveling on the same flight. Thanks to an aging population of travelers, more and more in-flight emergencies are expected to occur in the coming years, and a number of medical journals are publishing articles with advice for doctors, patients, and airlines, on how to make sure older passengers make it safely to landing.
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