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 04 2011
Environmental Microorganisms and Childhood Asthma
This past week, there was discussion on the internet about an article entitled “Exposure to Environmental Microorganisms and Childhood Asthma” that was written by Markus Ege, MD and colleagues (New England Journal of Medicine 2011;364:701-709). ...
Mar 31 2011
Single Lens Distance Vision Glasses & Outdoor Falls
Like many others my age, my vision is changing. The major change I am encountering at my ripe old age is presbyopia, which is a decreased ability to focus my eyes on objects near to me. This is caused by loss of elasticity of the lenses within ...
Mar 24 2011
Winter Sports & Sledding Safety
There are many possibilities for injuries to occur during participation in winter sports (e.g., skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating and outdoor hockey, backcountry winter camping, ice climbing, mountaineering, ice fishing,...
Mar 21 2011
The Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Reactor Complication
Ofunato, Japan After the Earthquake and TsunamiI have just received word that my good friend N. Stuart Harris, MD, who is Chief of the Division of Wilderness Medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is i...
Mar 15 2011
Using Potassium Idodide After a Nuclear Radiation Emergency
Potassium IodideHere in more detail is information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)about the use of potassium iodide after a nuclear radiation emergency:How Potassium Iodide Works Potassium iodide (also called KI...
Mar 15 2011
Radiation Exposure and Japan
Nuclear Power Plant in Cattemom, France, photo by Stefan KuhnAlthough the casualties from the massive earthquake and tsunami of last week are all from the injuries related to the onrush of water, collapse of structures and other related events,...
Mar 14 2011
Whooping Cough & Immunizations
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that 21,000 people in the U.S. were reported to have suffered last year from whooping cough (pertussis, caused by the bacteria Bordetella pertussis). This is the highe...
Mar 11 2011
Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan
Sendai Earthquake 2011Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in harm’s way related to the earthquake and tsunami that just struck Japan, as they did for persons in New Zealand, Haiti, and every other country recently affected by a natural di...
Mar 04 2011
Guest Post: Prevention & Treatment of Traveler’s Diarrhea
Prevention of traveler’s diarrhea (TD) centers around three methods: dietary safety, immunizations, and chemoprophylaxis (medications taken to prevent diarrhea). Education on safe eating practices should form the basis of protection. Hand washi...
Feb 03 2011
The Origin of the Haitian Cholera Outbreak Strain
When I was traveling in Nepal this past November to assist in creating the Nepal Ambulance Service, cholera was beginning to appear in Haiti. It had long been predicted that infectious diarrhea of some sort would become epidemic in Haiti, given...