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 23 2008
National Estimates of Outdoor Recreational Injuries
In Volume 19, Number 2 (2008) of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appears an original research article entitled "National Estimates of Outdoor Recreational Injuries Treated in Emergency Departments, United States, 2004-2005," au...
Jul 19 2008
MRSA Madness and Tomato Update
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is here to stay. Although it is most problematic in healthcare settings, particularly hospitals, it is present in the "community" as well, and therefore will become a consideration for outdoor and...
Jul 16 2008
Mumps Vaccination for Outdoor Travelers
Mumps (a viral infection) is making a comeback in the U.S. and other countries because of failure to vaccinate. It is not a trivial disease, particularly in adults, and is highly communicable. In children, mumps typically causes fever, headache, m...
Jul 12 2008
The Adventurous Traveler's Guide to Health
I just received a copy of The Adventurous Traveler's Guide to Health by Christopher Sanford, M.D. Chris is a delightful, smart, and witty person, and is a true expert in travel and tropical medicine. He is a family practice physician and co-medica...
Jul 09 2008
Outdoor Medicine and the Environment 3
In followup to my previous two posts on this topic:There are several potential methods for physicians and other healthcare professionals to increase awareness and involvement with environmental issues. First, there should be courses at every level...
Jul 07 2008
I recently attended Beneath the Sea, which is a fabulous multi-day event for the dive industry. I was there to receive an award for "Diver of the Year" in the science category. Walking the exhibition hall, I was pleased to see the emphasis on mari...
Jul 04 2008
Happy July 4! As we celebrate Independence Day, we should be grateful for our freedoms, families, friends, and wonderful country. We are especially indebted to all who serve and have served America, be it military, education, environment, health c...
Jul 01 2008
Tomatoes and Salmonella
Let's just say that people who like to be outdoors are often the same people who like to eat tomatoes. Tomatoes are a staple food at cookouts, on backpacking trips when fresh food is carried, for lunch and dinner on the river, etc. Nothing tastes ...
Jun 27 2008
Smoke from Wildfires
AIRNOW is a cross-agency U.S. government website devoted to air quality and its impact upon human health. The fire season has begun with a vengeance in California, with approximately 1100 fires burning today. Because of the tremendous number of wi...
Jun 25 2008
The DAN Guide to Dive Medical Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The DAN Guide to Dive Medical Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is a book to which I and other dive medicine authorities have contributed. This compilation of questions and answers by the Divers Alert Network (DAN) is available through DAN or from...