Dr. Paul Auerbach is the world's leading outdoor health expert. His blog offers tips on outdoor safety and advice on how to handle wilderness emergencies.
Apr 01 2009
Mortality After Changes in Leisure Time Physical Activity
An article was recently published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2009;338;b688) entitled "Total mortality after changes in leisure time physical activity in 50 year old men: 35 year follow-up of population based cohort," by Liisa Byberg and c...
Mar 28 2009
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear
Outdoor and wilderness athletes put a lot of stress on their joints. Whether you are skiing, climbing, biking, hiking, running, or doing any other activity at which you are risk for deceleration, a fall, or a blow to the knee, there is a risk of i...
Mar 27 2009
Sam Pelvic Sling versus pelvicbinder
In response to my latest post, pelvicbinder, I received a communication from the originator of the Sam Pelvic Sling ®. He informed me, with the appropriate disclaimer that he has a significant financial interest in the Sam Pelvic Sling ®, that th...
Mar 25 2009
Fracture of the bony pelvis usually occurs if there is considerable force applied to the body, such as occurs with a fall or significant crush injury. Because there is a rich blood supply throughout the inner surfaces of the pelvis and many large ...
Mar 21 2009
Travel to High Altitude with Children: Treating Altitude Sickness
Children experience the full range of altitude-associated illnesses, including acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE), and high altitude cerebral edema (HACE).
Mar 18 2009
Last spring, there was a report in the press that disinfectant wipes may contribute to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria in hospitals.
Mar 14 2009
Nosebleed (epistaxis) is classified as anterior or posterior, depending on where it originates within the nose. Most nosebleeds are anterior, and occur along the anterior nasal septum, which divides the nares ("nostrils"). Generally, anterior nose...
Mar 11 2009
Coastal Solutions Jellyfish Sting Relief Spray
Coastal Solutions, Inc. of Savannah, Georgia promotes a line of products named "Jellyfish Squish, "Fire Ant Coolant," "Chigger Chaser," and "Bite Blaster," the active ingredient for all of these being the topical anesthetic 4% lidocaine hydrochlor...
Mar 07 2009
Sore throat is a common problem at home and outdoors. Sore throat (pharyngitis) is a common complication of viral infections (the common cold, infectious mononucleosis), breathing dry air (“altitude throat”), or primary bacterial throat infection ...
Mar 05 2009
Socorro Island Dive and Wilderness Medicine CME
I'm delighted to announce that I will be participating in an exciting continuing medical education (CME) adventure to benefit the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS). The journey will be January 24 to February 2, 2010 to Socorro Island, Mexico for th...