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.
Dec 30 2009
Tamulosin and Kidney Stones
As I mentioned in a previous post, the journal Annals of Emergency Medicine publishes abstracts each year of presentations delivered at the American College of Emergency Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly, which this year was held on Boston. Th...
Dec 29 2009
Thank You to Dr. Ottematic for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Dr. Ottematic for mentioning my post about a visit to Hiroshima in this week's edition of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of health care posts from around the web compiled by a host, who goes to great lengths to mak...
Dec 26 2009
Brown Fat is Not Just for Bears
Most of us have learned that bears use brown adipose tissue ("brown fat") to assist them in hibernation during the winter, and that other animals use it to regulate body weight and adaptive thermoregulation (control of body temperature). What is l...
Dec 25 2009
A Holiday Hope
My oldest son, Brian, loves the outdoors. He is an avid scuba diver and trekker, among other things, and has accompanied me to Mexico to dive and to Mt. Everest Base Camp. He's spending this year in Japan teaching English at Ehime Medical Universi...
Dec 23 2009
Improvisation According to Iserson
This is the next post 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 “MacGyver Medicine: Improvising Patient Care Solutions When Othe...
Dec 19 2009
Vi Typhoid Vaccine Trial in India
Vaccination against infectious diseases is perhaps the most important reason why millions of additional persons do not succumb with morbidity and mortality from viral and bacterial infections in the modern world. Vaccines are most effective when t...
Dec 16 2009
Hemostatic Agents and Tourniquets
This is the next post based upon a presentation given at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009. The presentation was a session entitled “Tourniquet and Hemostatic Agent - Workshop.” It was d...
Dec 15 2009
Mad Honey Sex
Plant poisoning comes in many forms - sometimes from the direct ingestion of a raw or cooked plant, sometimes from contact with a part of a plant (e.g., using a toxic skewer to cook a frankfurter over a campfire, and sometimes from plant-derived p...
Dec 15 2009
Thank You to Florence dot com for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Florence dot com for mentioning my post about the Canadian C-Spine Rule in this week's Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of health care posts from around the web compiled by a host, who goes to great lengths to make t...
Dec 15 2009
Are Sunscreens Cost-Effective for the Prevention of Skin Cancer?A modest investment in prevention produced substantial savings in illness-related costs. Dermatologists routinely recommend regular application of sunscreens to people at risk for dev...