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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.

  • Jun 04 2012

    Getting in Shape to Perform CPR

    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is not trivial a exercise. It takes conditioning and coordination to be able to sustain the physical activity of compressing on someone’s chest 30 to 50 times per minute, and even more so if the victim is lar...

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  • May 17 2012

    Support for Ankle Sprains

    Sprained ankles are the bane of existence for hikers, trekker, and joggers—indeed for most athletes or anyone who has the opportunity to twist a foot on an uneven service, stepping over a rock, or falling into a hole. The classic first aid trea...

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  • May 07 2012

    Hand Injuries Not to Miss

    Hand injuries are common in outdoor enthusiasts. Some of these injuries are easy to diagnose, and others are more difficult, usually because the signs and symptoms are subtle or because the examiner is inexperienced. Emergency physicians, such ...

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  • May 03 2012

    Probiotics and Acute Infectious Diarrhea

    Probiotics are live microorganisms that are purposefully ingested by humans to improve their health—the thought is that probiotics improve “digestive health.” The specific microorganisms are commonly of the genera Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium...

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  • May 01 2012

    Recognizing Heart Attacks in Women

    We have long been taught that the typical symptoms for a heart attack are substernal (beneath the breastbone) chest pain that is pressure-like or “squeezing” in nature, radiation of the chest pain to the left arm or jaw, sweating, nausea, and w...

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  • Apr 09 2012

    Texting Can Be Hazardous for Your Health

    Texting is dangerous when driving an automobile, as dramatically portrayed in an article in the New England Journal of Medicine (2010;362:23) entitled “The Most Primary of Care – Talking about Driving and Distraction” by Amy Ship, MD. In the St...

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  • Apr 05 2012

    Amebic Meningoencephalitis and Neti Pots

    Neti pots are devices used to irrigate the sinuses with saline solution or other liquid for cleansing purposes. They rely upon gravity and head positioning to facilitate flow of the liquid into one nostril, which is sometimes allowed to drain o...

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  • Apr 02 2012

    Clostridium difficile-associated Diarrhea is On the Rise

    Micrograph of Clostridium difficileWhen one considers causes of infectious diarrhea with onset from outdoor activities, the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) leads the list, followed by germs like Campylobacter and protozoa like Giardia. Bu...

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  • Mar 22 2012

    The Hazards of Indoor Tanning

    Ever since I was a medical student, wise dermatologists have reminded me, “There is no such thing as a safe tan.” True tanning requires skin exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR), and therein lies the problem. UVR causes skin cancers, notably...

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  • Mar 14 2012

    Hoofbeats Chasing the Glasgow Coma Scale

    I posted recently about using a higher (minimally abnormal) Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) score to determine triage of an elder patient to a facility that specializes in trauma care when an injured brain is suspected. In fact, the GCS is coming und...

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About the Author

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