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
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
Jun 16 2011
What to Do in the Case of Serious Food Allergies
An EpiPen (an epinephrine auto-injector)An allergic reaction in an outdoor setting can rapidly become a life-threatening emergency. While most of us think of food allergies as annoyances, they can be quite serious or even life threatening. Itch...