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.
Feb 24 2011
Parapoxvirus Infection in Deer Hunters
Just when you thought it was safe to go out in the woods comes a report from Amira Roess and colleagues (New England Journal of Medicine 363;27:2621-7) about a poxvirus that one can contract from handling infected deer. After an incubation perio...
Feb 22 2011
Corticosteroid Treatment for Sore Throats
group A streptococcus bacteriaSore throat (pharyngitis, or inflammation of the pharynx) is a very common complaint. It’s usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection, and less commonly by a fungal infection or other problem. One of the more...
Feb 17 2011
Amazon Conservation Team: Mapping the Amazon
members of the Ipkeng tribeMedicine for the outdoors is predicated on there being healthy and thriving outdoor environments, including wilderness. There are many organizations that support conservation and preservation. One of my favorites is ...
Feb 07 2011
Wilderness Medicine Campus for NOLS
photo by Melissa Gray/WMI of NOLSThis news release is just in to me from Aparna Rajagopal-Durbin on behalf of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS): Generous donations from Swiss biomedical entrepreneur Hansjörg Wyss and a Wyoming ...
Jan 27 2011
Cornell Wilderness Medicine: Alaska Adventure
This announcement is just in from my friends at Cornell Wilderness Medicine:Learn practical wilderness medicine skills in the ultimate wilderness—Alaska! Raft the stunningly beautiful Copper River, past bears, moose, eagles, seals, calving gla...
Jan 20 2011
Book Review: Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within
HKFS8XPMXETYX - Heading Outdoors Eventually Leads Within is a small book written by Kathy and Craig Copeland and published through their company, hikingcamping.com. Here is a summary from the website, where the book can be purchased for $15 Can...
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.
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...
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 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...