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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.

  • Nov 01 2012

    Honey for Nocturnal Cough

    Honey is a useful substance in a pinch for putting into an open wound to prevent or limit bacterial growth, and is touted by some to have anti-seasonal allergy properties. Now there is a study that appears to confirm its usefulness as a remedy...

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  • Oct 25 2012

    Injury Patterns and Safety Practices of Deer Hunters

    Hunting and fishing injuries are common. Injury prevention programs and safety interventions are optimally determined by understanding the nature of accidents and injuries. The American College of Emergency Physicians held a Research Forum in a...

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  • Oct 22 2012

    Ski Patrols and Emergency Medical Services

    In the most recent issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appears an article by Drs. Ben Constance and David Johe, and me, entitled “Prehospital Medical Care and the National Ski Patrol: How Does Outdoor Emergency Care Compare to Trad...

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  • Oct 19 2012

    Head Injury and Anticoagulant Medication

    Increasing numbers of persons take medications on a regular basis. This is in part because we know more about how to effectively manage conditions (such as diabetes and high blood pressure) with medications and in part because we have greater n...

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  • Oct 15 2012

    No Antibiotics for Acute Bronchitis

    Acute bronchitis is a cough-related illness of the air passages (bronchi) cough persists for more than five days (it often lasts for 1 to 3 weeks), with or without production of sputum (whitish, yellow or green phlegm, or “secretions”), and som...

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  • Oct 12 2012

    Steroid Injection for Plantar Fasciitis

    Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the fascia (tough connective sheath tissue) that encloses the muscles and tendons that traverse the bottom of the foot. It is a syndrome of overuse, caused by excessive walking or running, particularly assoc...

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  • Sep 27 2012

    Turn Off the Cell Phone and Pay Attention to What You're Doing

    It’s well established now that talking on a cell phone while driving leads to increased motor vehicle crashes. So, the law states that one must use a Bluetooth device or be on a speakerphone while driving. Worse than talking on the phone, whic...

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  • Sep 25 2012

    Trimethoprim-Sulfamethoxazole and Drug Interaction

    Urinary tract (bladder or kidney) infections are common in all age groups. Many antibiotics are used and are effective to treat these infections. In the overwhelming majority of cases, there aren’t any problems with prescribing antibiotics. Ho...

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  • Sep 21 2012

    Steroids for Bell's Palsy

    Bell’s palsy is a form of facial paralysis caused by a problem with a specific nerve (the seventh [facial] cranial nerve) that supplies the face. It is rapid in onset, and can cause the muscles of one side of the face to be completely paralyze...

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  • Sep 18 2012

    New Test for Dengue

    Dengue is a viral disease, transmitted by mosquitoes of the genus Aedes, that afflicts many travelers to tropical regions, such as the Caribbean and southeast Asia. Part of the problem with diagnosing dengue is near total reliance upon the clin...

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