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Medicine for the Outdoors

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.

  • Jan 24 2011

    Cholera Vaccines

    microscopic image of Vibrio choleraeCholera is not a common cause of infectious diarrhea in the United States, but it can certainly be a problem for travellers to non-U.S. countries, particularly those in South Asia with contaminated water sup...

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  • Dec 29 2010

    Foodborne Bacterial Diarrhea

    Foodborne bacterial diarrhea is a common problem for backpackers, kayakers, divers—for anyone who ventures into the outdoors and is therefore associated with ingestion of fresh fruits and vegetables, traveling to developing countries, inadequat...

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  • Dec 23 2010

    Go Easy on the Soft Drinks

    We are a nation stricken with an epidemic of obesity, which contributes to the incidence of diabetes and heart disease. Each of these has been linked to consumption of sugar intake, and in particular, sugar-sweetened beverages.

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  • Dec 20 2010

    Pediatric Wilderness Emergencies

    These comments are based upon a presentation given at the Wilderness Medical Society Annual Meeting held in Snowmass, Colorado from July 24-29, 2009. The presentation was entitled “Pediatric Wilderness Emergencies.” It was delivered by Brian D....

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  • Dec 17 2010

    Mad Honey Sex

    photo: First Light (en.wikipedia)Plant poisoning comes in many forms—sometimes from the direct ingestion of a raw or cooked plant, sometimes from contact with a part of a plant (e.g., using a toxic skewer to cook a frankfurterover a campfire), an...

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  • Jul 11 2009

    Safe Paddling

    Paddle Safe! Have Fun! Boat Responsibly!This public service announcement comes courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard. Here are 10 ways to paddle safely:1. Always wear your life jacket. Wear a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket at al...

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  • Jun 13 2009

    Contaminated Beachwater

    There are plentiful healthcare concerns for beachgoers. These include sunburn, drowning, jellyfish stings, sprains, strains, and cuts and bruises. What perhaps doesn't receive as much attention as it deserves is ocean water quality.

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  • Jun 06 2009

    Are Sunscreens Effective?

    Regardless of whether one believes every opinion presented in the report, there are still some truths that seem evident, such as the fact that no sunscreen can be completely protective.

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  • Apr 18 2009

    Alcohol at the Beach

    In continuing with the theme of getting ready for the beach and water sports this summer, let's consider what to do about substance abuse.

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  • Mar 18 2009

    Handwashing Technique

    Last spring, there was a report in the press that disinfectant wipes may contribute to the spread of drug-resistant bacteria in hospitals.

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About the Author

Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is the world’s leading authority on wilderness medicine.