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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

    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,...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Mar 11 2011

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    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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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, ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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

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