Medicine for the Outdoors
Medicine for the Outdoors

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.

  • Jul 18 2011

    Antibiotics or No Antibiotics for Ear Infections

    Ear infections are the bane of childhood and can spoil many outdoor adventures. One of the most common infections of childhood, they provoke long nights of miserable children, sleepless parents, and unhappiness all around. They may be recurrent...

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  • Jul 18 2011

    Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia in Papa New Guinea

    An excellent case report, entitled "Severe Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia on the Kokoda Trail, Papua New Guinea," appears in the first issue of Volume 19 of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. Sean Rothwell and his co-authors de...

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  • Jul 14 2011

    Fatal Bear Attack

    By now, most everyone is familiar with the tragic circumstances in which a visitor on a trail in Yellowstone National Park on July 6, 2011 surprised a brown (grizzly) bear with cubs, provoking a fatal attack. Fortunately, events like this are r...

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  • Jul 11 2011

    When You Break or Lose A Tooth

    Sometimes when a person falls or is struck in the mouth, a tooth is broken or knocked out. If a tooth is cracked (with the root still present and in place), there is little for the victim to do other than keep his mouth clean and avoid contact ...

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  • Jul 07 2011

    Tests for Tuberculosis

    micrograph of Myobacterium tuberculosisOutdoor adventurers and persons who participate in global humanitarian relief efforts sometimes travel to locations where tuberculosis (TB) is prevalent. As noted in the article “Latent Tuberculosis Infect...

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  • Jul 05 2011

    Test for Dengue Fever

    Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictsDengue fever is a viral (flavivrus) disease transmitted by Aedes albopictus and female A. aegypti mosquitoes. It is estimated that 50 to 100 million people in more than 100 countries are infected each year ...

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  • Jul 01 2011

    Cholera Outbreak Training and Shigellosis (COTS) Program

    The Cholera Outbreak Training and Shigellosis (COTS) Program is an educational program that focuses on the treatment of infectious diarrhea—in particular cholera and shigellosis. An excellent description of the Program was authored by Davidson ...

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  • Jun 28 2011

    The Uses of Nasal Irrigation

    A neti pot, used for nasal irrigation.Nasal irrigation is sometimes recommended to thin or remove mucous from the nose. The two most common conditions that produce mucous are upper respiratory infections (e.g., the “common cold”) and allergies...

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  • Jun 23 2011

    FDA Announces Changes to Sunscreen Rules

    Preventing skin cancer and skin aging are the most important goals of using sunscreens, which should be applied to all exposed skin from an early age. From the FDA website, here is an important announcement and additional information: On June...

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  • Jun 20 2011

    Biphosphonates, Osteoporosis, and Bone Fractures

    X-ray of a fractured femur boneMy 86 year-old mother, who is generally in good health, slipped and fell recently and suffered a fractured femur. She was unfortunate to have suffered the accident, but had the good fortune to be discovered quick...

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Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.

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