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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.

  • Nov 01 2012

    Honey for Nocturnal Cough

    Honey is a useful substance in a pinch for putting into an open wound to prevent or limit bacterial growth, and is touted by some to have anti-seasonal allergy properties. Now there is a study that appears to confirm its usefulness as a remedy...

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  • 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...

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  • Jun 21 2012

    Erythromelalgia

    A picture is worth a thousand words. The excellent section “IMAGES IN CLINICAL MEDICINE” appears from time to time in the New England Journal of Medicine. I’m delighted when the topic chosen is one that’s relevant to outdoor or even wilderness ...

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  • Jan 30 2012

    Cycling Safety

    I was fortunate to be invited to participate as moderator at the Stanford Trauma Bike Safety Summit, which was held at Stanford University Medical Center on November 9, 2011. It was an informative and spirited gathering, assembled by invitation...

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  • Jan 17 2012

    Snowboarding and Wrist Injuries

    This post relates information learned in the most recent issue (Volume 22, Number 3, 2011) of the journal Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, published by the Wilderness Medical Society. In an article entitled “Snowboarding Injuries in ...

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  • Oct 24 2011

    Emergency Veterinary Medicine

    There is a lot written about how to take care of people in the outdoors, but what about our “furry friends?” In the textbook Wilderness Medicine, there is a chapter on Emergency Veterinary Medicine. Given that we are apt to hike or camp with pe...

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  • Oct 17 2011

    IV Fluid Administration in African Children with Severe Infection

    Dehydration is a common phenomenon in those suffering from infectious diseases, particularly if the diseases cause vomiting and/or diarrhea. We are all familiar with having the “stomach flu,” “traveler’s diarrhea,” or food poisoning. However, s...

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  • Aug 22 2011

    The Role of the Routine Physical Examination in Young People

    Increasing numbers of young people participate in outdoor activities, including strenuous competitive athletics. In so doing, they subject their bodies to stresses that are more intense and prolonged than those presented by a largely sedentary ...

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  • Jul 25 2011

    How to Prevent Drowning

    As summer continues in North America, and for anyone who goes near the water during any time of year, prevention of drowning is very important. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) takes its responsibilities on this issue seriously, and in ...

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  • Jul 18 2011

    Antibiotics or No Antibiotics for Ear Infections

    Ear infections are the bane of childhood and can spoil many outdoor adventures. One of the most common infections of childhood, they provoke long nights of miserable children, sleepless parents, and unhappiness all around. They may be recurrent...

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

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