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 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...
Jun 13 2009
There are plentiful healthcare concerns for beachgoers. These include sunburn, drowning, jellyfish stings, sprains, strains, and cuts and bruises. What perhaps doesn't receive as much attention as it deserves is ocean water quality.
Jun 10 2009
The Global Snakebite Crisis
Snakebite continues to be a significant public health issue worldwide. In the current issue of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine (2009;20:43-56), Ian Simpson and Robert Norris have published an article entitled, "The Global Snakebite Crisis - ...
Jun 10 2009
Thank You to The Jobbing Doctor for Grand Rounds
Thank you to The Jobbing Doctor for mentioning my post about sunscreens 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 the collection...
Jun 06 2009
Are Sunscreens Effective?
Regardless of whether one believes every opinion presented in the report, there are still some truths that seem evident, such as the fact that no sunscreen can be completely protective.
Jun 04 2009
Thank You to HealthBlawg for Grand Rounds
Thank you to David Harlow of HealthBlawg for mentioning my post about fluoroquinolones and the risk of tendon rupture in this week's Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of health care posts from around the web compiled by a host, wh...
Jun 03 2009
At Beneath the Sea I had the opportunity to walk the show floor and check out some new products intended for divers. One that immediately caught my eye was the Aqua Pencil, which is an innovative underwater pencil designed for divers, kayakers, bo...
May 27 2009
Medical Care for Ultra-Endurance Desert Racing 3
This is the third and final installment of the tale by Dr. Grant Lipman of Stanford University about his recent experience with Racing the Planet:Day 3 finds us high up on the dunes nestled in the skirts of the Andes. The campsites are selected fo...
May 23 2009
Fluoroquinolone Antibiotics and Tendon Rupture
Outdoor enthusiasts are often stricken with infections for which they might be prescribed antibiotics in the class known as fluoroquinolones, one common member of which is ciprofloxacin (Cipro). They should be aware that a complication of taking a...
May 20 2009
Medical Care for Ultra-Endurance Desert Racing 2
This is the second installment of the tale by Dr. Grant Lipman of Stanford University about his recent experience with Racing the Planet:After two days, we're in San Pedro de Atacama. The athletes are trickling in, the sky is the phenomenal pure b...