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.
Dec 16 2008
Cholera in Zimbabwe
Despite the pronouncements of Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe, it is apparent that there is a very significant outbreak of cholera in that country, and that it is not under control.Cholera is a disease caused by an infectious agent that s...
Dec 13 2008
Outdoor Medicine and the Environment Redux
Earlier this year, I published a series of three posts based upon a commentary I wrote, entitled "Physicians and the Environment," that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The commentary was an invited piece, and refl...
Dec 13 2008
Search and Rescue and EMS in Utah's National Parks
The current issue of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, published by the Wilderness Medical Society, has a number of very interesting articles of significance to the layperson outdoor medicine enthusiast."Search and Rescue Trends...
Dec 10 2008
Stop Shark Finning
In a previous post, I described how impressed I am with a beautiful magazine, ASIAN GEOgraphic. Now I am even more impressed. ASIAN GEOgraphic and its sister journal, Scuba Diver AustralAsia, have jointed forces with ClubScuba, Malaysia Underwater...
Dec 10 2008
Thank You to SHARPBRAINS for Grand Rounds
Thank you to SHARPBRAINS for including my post about muscle soreness as a side effect of statin drugs in this week's Grand Rounds 5:12 - Healthcare Reform Q&A. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of health care posts from around the web compi...
Dec 06 2008
Muscle Soreness and Statin Drugs
Outdoor adventurers often exercise vigorously. So, it's pretty common to have post-exercise muscle soreness. For weekend warriors, who aren't conditioned to hike, trek, bike, climb, ski, or dive, it can mean extreme stiffness and sore arms and leg...
Dec 03 2008
In the critical moment when you need to administer rescue breathing, there is not a second to spare. In every first aid kit, there needs to be a clearly marked, easily available rescue breathing kit, consisting of at least an intraoral "mask" to a...
Dec 02 2008
Thank You to Mexico Medical Student for Grand Rounds
Thank you to Mexico Medical Student for including my post about a unique and important water filtration unit in this past week's edition of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds is a weekly compilation of posts related to health care compiled by a host, who ...
Nov 29 2008
Sawyer Water Filter
Wilderness and outdoor activities take many of us to the farthest reaches of the globe. Adventures in the mountains, forests, oceans and deserts bring us to countries in Africa, South America, Central America, Asia, and other places, where food, w...
Nov 27 2008
WMS Winter Meeting - Wilderness & Mountain Medicine
Happy Thanksgiving! I can think of no better way to start off Turkey Day than by letting you know the details about a terrific continuing medical education (CME) meeting that will be held in February. The Wilderness Medical Society is excited to a...