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.
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 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
Our 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 disaster. These natural c...
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 11 2011
Achieving Initial Control with Antivenom in Snakebite Victims
Broad-banded Copperhead SnakeWhen someone is bitten by pit viper snakes (examples include rattlesnakes, copperheads, and cottonmouths) in the U.S., they may or may not become envenomed, depending on a number of factors: the size of the snake, ...
Mar 07 2011
The Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine
The Appalachian Center for Wilderness Medicine (ACWM) is a regional collaborative non-profit dedicated to promoting quality wilderness medical education and practice in southern Appalachia (North and South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia, T...
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...
Mar 03 2011
CA Academy of Sciences Center for Exploration & Travel Health
CAS Building in Golden Gate Park, CAMy good friend Dr. Matthew Lewin has launched a website for the Center for Exploration & Travel Health affiliated with the California Academy of Sciences (CAS): http://research.calacademy.org/IETH. This ...
Mar 01 2011
Guest Post: Traveler’s Diarrhea - The Basics
E. Coli BacteriaKnown around the world by many names, including “Montezuma’s revenge,” “Delhi belly” and “mummy tummy,” traveler’s diarrhea (TD) is the most common illness faced by travelers. Nothing can slow down a fun trip as easily as TD—an...
Feb 28 2011
Counterfeit Versions of Petzl Products
Outdoorspersons, rescuers and medical professionals count on equipment to be genuine and fully functional, particularly in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, unscrupulous persons will make and distribute counterfeit equipment, drugs, and...