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.
Apr 25 2009
Immunization Patch for Infectious Diarrhea
Infectious diarrhea from all causes is a major cause of morbidity and mortality among international travelers, including those who frequent wilderness areas. It would be wonderful if there was a vaccine against one or more of the infectious agents...
Apr 22 2009
Pay to Play
I recently posted about an article that was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ 2009;338;b688) entitled "Total mortality after changes in leisure time physical activity in 50 year old men: 35 year follow-up of population based cohort." A...
Apr 21 2009
Thank You to Diabetes Mine for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Diabetes Mine for including my posts about rip currents and alcohol at the beach 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 ...
Apr 20 2009
Thank You to DAN and Rolex USA
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Divers Alert Network (DAN) and Rolex USA for bestowing on me the 2009 DAN/Rolex Diver of the Year Award. The ceremony took place on March 28 at Beneath the Sea. It was a wonderful opportunity to s...
Apr 18 2009
Alcohol at the Beach
In continuing with the theme of getting ready for the beach and water sports this summer, let's consider what to do about substance abuse.
Apr 15 2009
As we move into warmer weather across the nation, beachgoers will increasingly enter the water. With ocean swimming comes the attendant hazards, among which are the phenomena known as rip currents. These natural occurrences account for many rescue...
Apr 11 2009
Prophylactic Low-Dose Acetazolamide and Acute Mountain Sickness
In the journal High Altitude Medicine & Biology, there appears a very interesting article entitled "Prophylactic low-dose acetazolamide reduces the incidence and severity of acute mountain sickness," authored by Martha C. Tissot van Patot and ...
Apr 10 2009
A Reprehensible Message from Philip Morris USA
The spam filter on my computer usually removes the hundreds of useless, annoying messages that are sent to me each week by marketers, scam artists, and other assorted Internet predators. But as we all know, a lot of spam still gets through. Normal...
Apr 08 2009
2009 Wilderness Medical Society Medical Conference and Annual Meeting in Snowmass
The Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) Medical Conference and Annual Meeting has just been announced. The meeting will be held July 24-29, 2009 in Snowmass, Colorado. As always, it will be a terrific setting and a phenomenal meeting. Doctors and oth...
Apr 08 2009
Teaching Children to Swim: Water Safety Tips
Nearly a year ago, there was an article from Long Beach, California in which there appeared a description of a toddler swimming program.