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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.

  • 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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  • Oct 10 2012

    Hemostatic Dressing to Manage a Bleeding Leech Bite

    In the Spring 2012 issue of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appears a terrific case report by Preston Fedor entitled “Novel Use of a Hemostatic Dressing in the Management of a Bleeding Leech Bite: A Case Report and Review of ...

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  • Oct 04 2012

    A Newly-Recognized Tick Borne Illness

    In the New England Journal of Medicine (2012;367:834-41), there is an article by Laura McMullan, Ph.D. and colleagues entitled “A New Phlebovirus Associated with Severe Febrile Illness in Missouri.” Two men from northwestern Missouri are descri...

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  • Oct 01 2012

    Nifedipine for High Altitude Pulmonary Edema

    In the Spring 2012 issue of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appears an article by Rajesh Deshwal and colleagues entitled “Nifedipine for the Treatment of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema” (WEM 23, 7-10, 2012). It is an interesti...

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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.