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.
Sep 14 2012
Vision and Falls in Elders
In the past, I wrote about the impact of wearing bifocals on the risk of falls. The concept remains that having two different foci of vision that are easily confused while walking would cause a person to fall. What about other causes of dimini...
Sep 11 2012
Cardiac Arrest During Long Distance Running Races
An article titled "Cardiac Arrest During Long Distance Running Races," written by Jonathan Kim MD and his colleagues, was published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine (2012;366:130-40). Medicine for the outdoors is not only about hi...
Sep 07 2012
Sunbeds and Skin Cancer
“There is no such thing as a safe tan” is what I have been taught for nearly 40 years, beginning with medical school at Duke University. In that regard, nothing has changed. All persons who go outdoors need to recognize that exposure to sunligh...
Sep 06 2012
Hantavirus in Yosemite National Park
Our National Parks are a treasured heritage, and one of the ways in which we appreciate the outdoors. Millions of visitors flock to the parks in order to camp, hike, climb, swim and most of all, appreciate the wonder and natural beauty of Ameri...
Aug 30 2012
Untreatable Gonococcal Infection
Why discuss a sexually transmitted disease in a column about outdoor health? The reason is because we were all young once, many of you are young now, and I know that travelers to exotic locations who are on vacation, out of their daily routines...
Aug 27 2012
Antibiotics for Kidney Infection
Kidney infection (pyelonephritis) is a serious infection. It commonly follows a bladder infection, as bacteria ascend from the bladder via a ureter to a kidney. It is often unilateral (one-sided, involving a single kidney), but can on occasion ...
Aug 24 2012
Blood Pressure Measurement as a Hint About Vascular Disease
Doctors frequently speak about a patient’s “vital signs.” These are heart rate (pulse), blood pressure, and respiratory (breathing rate). Blood pressure in most patients is taken using a blood pressure cuff, commonly placed on the arm, but som...
Aug 23 2012
Drowning is a tragedy that disproportionately affects the young. There was a poignant article in the Wall Street Journal on August 16, 2012, by Douglas Belkin that pointed out that drowning events appear to be more frequent than usual this summ...
Aug 17 2012
CPR at High Altitude
In the most recent issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appears an article by Dr. Hajime Narahara and colleagues, entitled “Effects of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation at High Altitudes on the Physical Condition of Untrained and Unaccl...
Aug 13 2012
Immobilization Techniques After Wrist Fracture Reduction
After a person breaks (fractures) a bone, the treating clinician may attempt to straighten (reduce) the fracture in order to correct the deformity and restore the anatomy. This preserves function, facilitates healing, reduces pain, may reduce b...