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 09 2012
Malaria Vaccine Trial
An effective vaccine against malaria would be a major breakthrough in the realm of global health, on par with effective vaccination against smallpox and other historical disease scourges of mankind. Creating such a vaccine has been a challenge ...
Jun 28 2012
Dr. Susan Swetter from Stanford is a professor of dermatology and renowned expert on sun exposure and the hazards of ultraviolet radiation. She recently published a brief summary of useful information entitled “Don’t get burned” which is a ter...
Jun 21 2012
A picture is worth a thousand words. The excellent section “IMAGES IN CLINICAL MEDICINE” appears from time to time in the New England Journal of Medicine. I’m delighted when the topic chosen is one that’s relevant to outdoor or even wilderness ...
Jun 13 2012
Vaccine Against Norwalk Virus
Norwalk virus is a norovirus that causes occasional and sometimes epidemic gastroenteritis (nausea, vomiting and diarrhea). There is currently not a vaccine against any norovirus infection or illness. In a recent issue of the New England Journa...
May 24 2012
Although the following information is not strictly in the genre of outdoor medicine, I think it is important. This year marks the second Osler Symposium, entitled Doctoring in the 21st Century — Embracing the Challenge. I participated in last ...
May 17 2012
Support for Ankle Sprains
Sprained ankles are the bane of existence for hikers, trekker, and joggers—indeed for most athletes or anyone who has the opportunity to twist a foot on an uneven service, stepping over a rock, or falling into a hole. The classic first aid trea...
May 14 2012
Wilderness Medicine Newsletter
There is an excellent publication available entitled Wilderness Medicine Newsletter. I have been reading it for years and find it to be high quality, accurate, informative, and well written. You may check it out at http://www.wildernessmedicine...
May 01 2012
Recognizing Heart Attacks in Women
We have long been taught that the typical symptoms for a heart attack are substernal (beneath the breastbone) chest pain that is pressure-like or “squeezing” in nature, radiation of the chest pain to the left arm or jaw, sweating, nausea, and w...
Apr 23 2012
Prevention of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a constellation of symptoms that occurs in persons after they have suffered a traumatic event (or multiple events). Some of these symptoms include (among many likely others): depressionanxiety,lack of...
Apr 02 2012
Clostridium difficile-associated Diarrhea is On the Rise
Micrograph of Clostridium difficileWhen one considers causes of infectious diarrhea with onset from outdoor activities, the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) leads the list, followed by germs like Campylobacter and protozoa like Giardia. Bu...