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Keep health in mind as yhou travel the globe

New products to aid health and safety on the go are constantly evolving. The following items may be available in area stores. Prices do not include shipping.

AIR AIDE: Not to be a worry-wart, but an estimated three out of four fire fatalities are caused by smoke inhalation, and every extra minute of breathable air can help. Brookdale International Systems, a Canadian manufacturer of safety products, has created an emergency smoke hood that pops out of an attached air canister about the size of a soft-drink can, to provide up to 20 extra minutes of filtered air. Just twist the lid off the canister, pull the hood on, and breathe through the mouthpiece. Built into the mouthpiece is a filter that protects against toxic fumes (the canister does not contain oxygen, which can be combustible). The Teflon-coated hood resists heat up to 800 degrees. The product provides extra peace of mind for travel and is good to have on hand in the home and car.

EVAC-U8 Emergency Escape Smoke Hood is $69.95. For a store or mail-order source, contact Brookdale International Systems; toll-free 1-800-459-3822;

EAR MUFFLER: Research has confirmed a correlation between noise, fatigue and stress symptoms. Aircraft roar, especially for many hours, makes travelers feel lousy. Bose, makers of high-tech audio systems, has developed a headset that suppresses high- and low-frequency background noise. When plugged into a plane's audio jack (or an individual's own music or video source) the headset enhances the sound. This is a lighter-weight version of the Bose headsets American Airlines provides to international premium passengers, so why shouldn't you hear first-class too?

Bose QuietComfort Noise Canceling Headset is $299. For a store or mail order source, contact the manufacturer; toll-free 1-800-650-2673;

MOBILE TABLE: It took a 90-year-old Oregon man shuffling along in a walker to invent this ingenious clear plastic tray that rests firmly on the bars below the walker handles. It provides a flat surface for transporting magazines, meals, knitting and other items. Built into one side of the lightweight tray is a 5{-inch-diameter, 1-inch-high cylinder for keeping drinks, keys and other small items from sliding off. The Devlin Tray (named after its creator) is a huge aid for the elderly and physically challenged. It also makes a nifty lap tray anyone might find useful for car trips or snacking in front of the TV. The sturdy tray, made of \-inch-thick clear acrylic, packs easily into a suitcase.

The Devlin Tray for walkers is $35, including shipping. Send check or money order to Devlin Tray, P.O. Box 2175, Gresham, OR 97030. For information, e-mail:

CLEANLINESS AFOOT: Soapy Soles is a foot-shaped rubber pad that attaches to a tub or shower floor via suction cups and provides a soft rubber-bristle surface for rubbing feet clean without bending. Just rub a soap bar against the bristles (or pour on liquid suds), move your foot about, and you get clean soles and a nice massage at the same time. This is a good sanitary precaution for showers of dubious cleanliness: Keep one foot in shower slippers while the other gets cleaned.

Soapy Soles are $19.95 from McNaughton, Inc; To order or find a store, call toll-free 1-800-423-5487;

CHILLING OUT HEADACHES: Applying cold compresses to the head and neck is a proven headache-pain therapy. But what if you don't have cold water or a bunch of ice cubes handy? Migraine Ice Headache Pads are soft, flexible cloth swatches infused with a cooling water-based gel. (They smell like sunburn cream _ Solarcaine, Noxema _ which makes sense.) Open the re-sealable pouch, peel off the protective film, and the pads stick to the skin. They come in several shapes and sizes, four to a box for temples and back of the neck, five for the forehead. I tried one after a stressful cross-country flight and found the cooling effect soothing.

Migraine Ice Headache Pads are $9.99 per box at pharmacies and grocery stores. For information, call toll-free 1-877-276-6843;

Judi Dash is a freelance travel writer who lives near Cleveland.