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How to Help Your Kids Deal With Hot School Days

How to Help Your Kids Deal With Hot School Days | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

When I think of school starting, I still imagine red and orange leaves and cool temperatures; it wasn’t that long ago that we thought of fall as schooltime.

Not so today. Many kids in the United States are meeting their new teachers right now, in early August—one of the hottest months of the year. If you have children, do they know how to deal with the heat on their own, on the playground, sports field, or school bus?

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4 Tips to Survive and Adapt to the Heat

4 Tips to Survive and Adapt to the Heat

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Big news for the Northern Hemisphere. Summer will officially be here June 21. If you’re in the Southern Hemisphere, I’m a little early (or late). You might want to take a look at my cold-weather posts. But for us northerners, the heat is on.

For as long as I’ve practiced medicine, whether in Mississippi or Colorado, I’ve known that in those first few hot days I’ll be treating some otherwise healthy people for heat-related problems. In fact, just the other day, I saw a man in his early 20s with chest pain, headache, and just feeling awful. He’d been working on a roof. He’s done it for years with no problem. But around here, it suddenly went from a daytime high in the mid-70s to a high in the low 90s. He hadn’t had time to acclimate.

Fortunately, he got out of the heat as soon as the symptoms hit. With some water and cooling off, he was feeling fine in a few hours.

Probably, in a few weeks he’ll be working in the same temperature with no such symptoms. Why?

He’ll be acclimated.

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15 of the Worst Things to Do If You’re Stranded in the Cold

#3: Don’t rub your skin to warm up. It brings blood away from your core and to the surface. You feel warmer, but ...

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

In 2002, a couple of years after he won the Olympic gold medal in wrestling, Rulon Gardner went snowmobiling in Wyoming. “I told myself it would be a short trip,” he told the Associated Press. “We were going to go out about three hours and get home for dinner.”

But he got lost and ended up stranded for 17 hours. The temperature reached as low as 25 below zero, according to the AP.

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Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: The Sneaky Way It Kills

The sneaky way carbon monoxide poisoning kills. | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

A reader emailed to remind me there’s been a spate of carbon monoxide poisonings and several carbon monoxide deaths to go along with the cold weather in the Northeast United States. To me, that sort of news is always so troubling because even though carbon monoxide is a stealthy killer, the deaths are so preventable. All you need is a

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The Top 10 Most Popular Winter-Safety Posts of the Year

The Top 10 Most Popular Winter Safety Tips

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Here in Colorado, we’ve already had some really cold days and then some sneaky mild ones. Sneaky because I get all comfortable going out with a light jacket one day; the next, the sky is clear, and it looks the same—from the inside. I walk out, and bam, it’s biting cold. Or the day is pretty mild and the night is freezing.

Winter is upon us, and I have this sneaky feeling it’s going to get colder before it gets warmer. So I went back and reviewed my previous posts for winter safety tips (hey, sometimes even I don’t remember every detail I’ve written). And below I’ve linked to the 10 most popular ones for 2014.

Even if you’ve read them, I’d suggest you, like me, could benefit from a review, to get you ready for the upcoming cold. And even if you live in a warm climate, check out number eight for sure.

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Why Winter Heart Attacks Are More Common No Matter the Weather (and What You Can Do)

Why Winter Heart Attacks Are More  Common No Matter the Weather (And What You Can Do) | The Survival Doctor

Part 2 in a two-part series on cold weather and your heart. See part 1 here.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

In my last post, I talked about the effects of cold weather on your heart. But there are other possible reasons winter is prime time for heart attacks even when it’s warm out. So there are even more steps than the ones I mentioned that may help lower your risk.

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How Cold Weather Affects Your Heart (and What to Do About It)

How Cold Weather Affects Your Heart (and What to Do About It) | The Survival Doctor

Part 1 in a two-part series on snowy weather and your heart.

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Every year people have heart attacks shoveling snow. Your heart attacking you is never good, but a slick road may make quick emergency transport harder than ever. And since the first few minutes can be crucial, that could make a difference in life or death.

Simple solution: Don’t shovel snow, correct? Well, maybe. Maybe not.

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Readers Respond: 11 More Winter Supplies to Keep in Your Car

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by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

You let the dog out one last time before bed, and you hear a yelp. Somehow she’s managed to cut her leg pretty deep.

Being a fan of The Survival Doctor, you know to apply pressure to stop the bleeding, but she just keeps crying. You know of a vet clinic that stays open until 11, and it’s 10 right now. You tie a rag around the wound and head out the door.

After a couple of miles, you hear a bump, bump, bump. It gets louder. You pull over and dig out your flashlight from the glove compartment. The batteries are dead.

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Day After Disaster: 4 Scenarios to Test Your Basic Survival Medicine Skills

Sara F. Hathaway

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

I thought I’d have a little fun today and walk you through what to do in some scenarios to test your basic survival medicine skills.

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How to Waterproof Your Shoes With Duct Tape

Waterproof your shoes by duct taping them. From the book "Duct Tape 911." | The Survival Doctor

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH

Here’s a simple, easy to remember tip that could save your feet if you have to work in wet weather. If you don’t have rainboots, you can waterproof your shoes with duct tape.

This is an excerpt from my new book, Duct Tape 911: The Many Amazing Medical Things You Can Do to Tape Yourself Together.

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