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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.

  • Jan 05 2011

    Tips to Beat Jet Lag

    Jet lag is one scourge of travelers and can certainly render worthless the first few days of a journey. I've personally tried just about all the tricks to avoid or mitigate jet lag, so am always on the lookout for a new tip on how to handle the af...

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  • Dec 29 2010

    Foodborne Bacterial Diarrhea

    Foodborne bacterial diarrhea is a common problem for backpackers, kayakers, divers—for anyone who ventures into the outdoors and is therefore associated with ingestion of fresh fruits and vegetables, traveling to developing countries, inadequat...

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  • Jan 28 2010

    Haiti: January 28, 2010 - The Last Day

    We found out today that we are going to ship out tomorrow. My feelings are certainly mixed.

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  • Jan 21 2010

    Haiti: The First Days

    Dispatches from the ground in Haiti: Paul's first days in Haiti.

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  • Oct 29 2008

    Great White Shark Adventure

    Two weeks ago, I traveled to Guadalupe Island off the Pacific coast of Mexico to join a wonderful group of divers on a dive expedition aboard the M/V Nautilus Explorer to benefit the Historical Diving Society. The diving purpose of our journey was...

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  • Jun 24 2007

    Treating Traveler's Diarrhea: Rifaximin

    Although there are many causes of infectious diarrhea that affects travelers, “traveler’s diarrhea” (TD) is generally considered to be caused predominately by the bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli), as well as sometimes by Shigella species, Campy...

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  • Aug 24 2006

    Insights on Insect Repellents

    photo of Scott Carroll by Jenella LoyeAt Tropical Medicine 101, we had a wonderful lecture about insect repellents from Dr. Scott Carroll, a biologist from the University of California, Davis who studies insect behavior and evolution. One of the ...

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  • Aug 22 2006

    Managing Contact Lenses in the Wilderness

    Bausch & Lomb recently had a recall on its ReNu multi-purpose contact lens solution, because it was linked to serious eye infections caused by fungus of the genus Fusarium. A few researchers believe that the multi-purpose solutions in general ...

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  • Aug 14 2006

    Tropical Medicine 101

    I just returned from a week in Panajachel, Guatemala, where I served as one of the faculty members teaching at a continuing medical education (CME) program entitled “Tropical Medicine 101.” The course is the brainchild of Dr. Gil Mobley, who has p...

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  • Aug 04 2006

    Indian National Snakebite Conference

    photo of Bob Norris with king cobra by Ian SimpsonMy good friend Bob Norris, M.D., who is Chief of Emergency Medicine at Stanford and an internationally-recognized authority on venomous snake bites, recently participated in the Indian National Sn...

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