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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 24 2011

    Winter Sports & Sledding Safety

    There are many possibilities for injuries to occur during participation in winter sports (e.g., skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating and outdoor hockey, backcountry winter camping, ice climbing, mountaineering, ice fishing,...

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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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  • Feb 14 2011

    New Drugs for Treating Severe Frostbite

    Chemical structure of prostacyclinProstacyclin (a derived form of a prostaglandin) is a bioactive compound that is believed to have beneficial effects in treating frostbite. It works by inhibiting a certain type of blood clotting caused by pla...

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  • Jan 13 2011

    Temperature, Age, Gender, and Kidney Stones

    Anyone who has passed a kidney stone will tell you that it is a very unpleasant experience, sometimes accompanied by pain so severe that one literally cannot remain still. We know that many types of kidney stones (e.g., uric acid, calcium oxala...

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  • Dec 27 2010

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - Using Oxygen as an Emergency Treatment

    photo by Mckeeman at en.wikipediaThese comments are based upon a presentation given at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009. The presentation was entitled “Introduction to Hyperbaric Oxy...

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  • Dec 20 2010

    Pediatric Wilderness Emergencies

    These comments are based upon a presentation given at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009. The presentation was entitled “Pediatric Wilderness Emergencies.” It was delivered by Brian D....

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  • Oct 03 2009

    Heat-Related Illnesses

    Dr. Gaudio covers the topics of thermoregulation and heat dissipation, acute heat stress and acclimatization, impaired thermoregulation, and specific heat related illnesses.

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  • Oct 03 2009

    Beat the Heat

    The summer has begun, and with it comes the seasonal onset of heat waves. Humidity makes the situation worse, as it impedes evaporation of sweat, which is a major body cooling mechanism for humans.

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  • Jun 06 2009

    Are Sunscreens Effective?

    Regardless of whether one believes every opinion presented in the report, there are still some truths that seem evident, such as the fact that no sunscreen can be completely protective.

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  • Jan 10 2009

    Winter Accidents

    I was fortunate to spend a few days with my family in the Sierra Nevada over the Christmas Holiday and enjoy terrific fresh powder. We skied at Squaw Valley and Sugar Bowl until I had to beg for mercy for my tired old legs. As much fun as we had, ...

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

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