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.
Aug 10 2012
Black Widow Spider Envenomation
In the most recent issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appears an article by Dr. Roy Strowd and colleagues, entitled “Black Widow Spider Envenomation, A Rare Cause of Horner’s Syndrome" (WEM 2012;23:158). Horner’s syndrome is a tria...
Aug 07 2012
A Few Interesting Snakebite Articles
At this past year’s American College of Emergency Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly, which was held in San Francisco, I had a brief conversation with Dr. William Meggs, an expert in envenomation from snakebite. We discussed a number of topi...
Aug 03 2012
Paddling and Mountain Bike Injuries
In the most recent issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appear two articles on topics related to wilderness injuries epidemiology. The first is an article by David Abraham and colleagues, entitled “The Hawkesbury Canoe Classic: Muscu...
Jul 31 2012
Early Alzheimer's Disease and The Outdoors
As clinicians, it seems that we are increasingly encountering Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, certainly in elders and sometimes in persons at an earlier age. It’s hard to know the exact reasons for this seeming epidemic, but I ...
Jul 25 2012
Pulse Oximetry and Predicting Acute Mountain Sickness
In the most recent issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine appear two articles on a similar topic. The first is an article by Dr. Dale Wagner and colleagues, entitled “Oximetry Fails to Predict Acute Mountain Sickness or Summit Success...
Jul 23 2012
Nanofiltered C1 Inhibitor Concentrate for Treatment of Hereditary Angioedema
Hereditary angioedema is one of those conditions that frightens even seasoned emergency physicians, and would be one of the last conditions I would ever want to encounter (again) in an outdoor or wilderness setting away from advanced medical care ...
Jul 16 2012
Are Our Children Too Fat?
Working and playing in the outdoors rely on a certain degree of physical fitness and overall state of health. Current medical knowledge supports the concept of ideal body weight, at which a person is neither too fat nor too thin. When we consid...
Jul 12 2012
Treating Severe Heatstroke with an External Cooling System
Heatstroke is a life-threatening emergency. Therapeutic cooling measures need to be undertaken rapidly in order to prevent the catastrophic organ failure associated with markedly elevated body temperature. The general dictum is to cool the vic...
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...