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 05 2006
Stingray Catastrophe: Steve Irwin, 1962-2006
photo of Steve IrwinWe are saddened by the untimely death of Steve Irwin, who was killed by a stingray on September 4, 2006. As it has been reported, Steve was filming a segment for a series entitled “Ocean’s Deadliest” at Batt reef off the coast...
Sep 02 2006
Is My Bee Sting Infected?
A reader asks (about a bee or wasp sting): “How do I know if it’s infected and that I need antibiotics?”
Aug 27 2006
Shelf Life of Antivenom
photo by Sherman MintonA reader asks: "What's the shelf life of antivenom and does it have to be refrigerated? Can I take it hiking?" This is a common and important question. To answer the first question, for the newest North American antivenom p...
Aug 24 2006
Insights on Insect Repellents
photo of Scott Carroll by Jenella LoyeAt Tropical Medicine 101, we had a wonderful lecture about insect repellents from Dr. Scott Carroll, a biologist from the University of California, Davis who studies insect behavior and evolution. One of the ...
Aug 18 2006
Snake Bites: Questions About Venom and Antivenom Serums
A reader asks: “Do all hospitals have antivenom serums? Also, is it true that sucking out the venom from the wound of a snake bite prevents poisoning?”
Aug 14 2006
Tropical Medicine 101
I just returned from a week in Panajachel, Guatemala, where I served as one of the faculty members teaching at a continuing medical education (CME) program entitled “Tropical Medicine 101.” The course is the brainchild of Dr. Gil Mobley, who has p...
Aug 04 2006
Indian National Snakebite Conference
photo of Bob Norris with king cobra by Ian SimpsonMy good friend Bob Norris, M.D., who is Chief of Emergency Medicine at Stanford and an internationally-recognized authority on venomous snake bites, recently participated in the Indian National Sn...