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.
Jul 18 2009
Drowning in People with Epilepsy
With summer upon us in the northern hemisphere, greater numbers of people are in the water - swimming, boating, diving, etc. Summer camps are booming, and children are being taught to swim, kayak, windsurf, and do all of the other activities that ...
Jul 15 2009
Over the Edge: Death in Grand Canyon
Michael Gighlieri and Thomas Myers are coauthors of Over the Edge: Death In Grand Canyon, which is one heck of an interesting read. It is an encyclopedic rendition of all of the fatal accidents known (at the time of the writing) to have occurred ...
Jul 11 2009
Paddle Safe! Have Fun! Boat Responsibly!This public service announcement comes courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard. Here are 10 ways to paddle safely:1. Always wear your life jacket. Wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket at al...
Jul 08 2009
Antivenom for Neurotoxicity from Scorpion Stings
In the May 14, 2009 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, in an article entitled “Antivenom for Critically Ill Children with Neurotoxicity from Scorpion Stings,” Dr. Leslie Boyer and colleagues report the results of a study in which the ef...
Jul 04 2009
Jonathan Bird's Blue World
Happy July 4!While I was walking the floor of Beneath the Sea, I had the opportunity to meet Jonathan Bird, who conceived and produced Jonathan Bird's Blue World, which is a family-oriented television series that takes viewers on a series of journ...
Jul 01 2009
How to Choose the Right Life Jacket
The U.S. Coast Guard produces and distributes a number of helpful informational pieces (pamphlets) intended to improved water safety and to decrease morbidity and mortality in the water. Two of these are very germane as we enter the summer season...
Jun 27 2009
"Community acquired" (that is, not acquired in the hospital, which would be "hospital acquired") methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections have not likely come about because germs that have evolved bacterial resistance by resid...
Jun 24 2009
You are Brilliant, and the Earth is Hiring
An acquaintance of mine, a physician who is dedicated to environmental preservation, suggested that I read the following address, which was delivered by Paul Hawken. For persons who are fervent about the wilderness and what it will take to ensure ...
Jun 20 2009
Ciguatera and Sex
Ciguatera fish poisoning involves a large number of tropical and semitropical bottom-feeding fish that dine on plants or smaller fish that have accumulated toxins from certain microscopic dinoflagellates. Therefore, the larger the fish, the greate...
Jun 17 2009
Deer Tick Encephalitis
A fatal case of deer tick encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) was recently reported by Norma Tavakoli and colleagues in the New England Journal of Medicine (N Engl J Med 2009;360:2099-107).Deer tick virus is a member of the tickborne encephal...