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.
Dec 19 2012
Skiing and Snowboarding-Related Head Injuries
I’ve written a number of times about the utility of helmets in preventing or mitigating traumatic brain injuries associated with skiing and snowboarding. Which groups of people who participate in these sports would benefit most from education a...
Nov 21 2012
Caving Injuries in the United States
Caving is a sport that is practiced worldwide with increasing enthusiasm. Like every other outdoor adventure, it has its unique epidemiology of accidents and injuries. In an article entitled “The Epidemiology of Caving Injuries in the Unite...
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 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...
Jun 21 2012
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 ...
Jun 18 2012
A common summertime outdoor health topic is drowning. We can never do too much to prevent these tragic events. When they occur, prompt response with appropriate rescue and first aid measures can make all the difference between a tragic outcome ...
Jun 13 2012
Vaccine Against Norwalk Virus
Norwalk virus is a norovirus that causes occasional and sometimes epidemic gastroenteritis (nausea, vomiting and diarrhea). There is currently not a vaccine against any norovirus infection or illness. In a recent issue of the New England Journa...
Jun 04 2012
Getting in Shape to Perform CPR
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is not trivial a exercise. It takes conditioning and coordination to be able to sustain the physical activity of compressing on someone’s chest 30 to 50 times per minute, and even more so if the victim is lar...