Tips on surviving medical issues caused by weather conditions.

Hurricane-Survival Review

Hurricane Matthew, with clouds over Cuba, the Bahamas and Florida, on October 6 at 1 p.m. EDT. Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project. With Hurricane Matthew on its way to the United States East Coast, [...]

By | October 6th, 2016|Weather|1 Comment

Father’s Day Roundup: Posts to Help You Survive the Weekend

Happy Father’s Day (almost). Do you have outdoor plans for the weekend? I’ve culled some choice posts to help get you prepped to survive. Before we get to that, I want to thank you for [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Critters, Hot, Weather|Comments Off on Father’s Day Roundup: Posts to Help You Survive the Weekend

How to Help Your Body Acclimate to the Summer Heat

Last year around this time, a man in his early 20s came into the clinic who was experiencing chest pain and a headache and was just overall feeling awful. He’d been working on a roof. He’d done this kind of work for years with no problem. But at that time, in June, we had a heat wave. All of a sudden, instead of a daytime high in the mid-70s, the temperature was hitting the low 90s. This long-time outdoor laborer’s body simply hadn’t had time to acclimate. […]

By | May 31st, 2016|Hot, Weather|11 Comments

When Flooding Comes to Your Town: My Best Tips

A flooded house in North Charleston, South Carolina, after Hurricane Joaquin. Photo by Ryan Johnson, shared via North Charleston/Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0.   by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Areas in South Carolina are experiencing an unprecedented emergency—one that many of the affected residents never thought they’d need to prepare for: devastating flooding. “We haven’t seen this level of rain in the low country in a thousand years,” Gov. Nikki Haley said in a press conference. “The flooding is unprecedented and historical,” Dr. Marshall Shepherd, director of the atmospheric sciences program at the University of Georgia, told the Associated Press. The rains are starting to subside, according to The Weather Channel, but there’s more flooding to come from the overflowing rivers. And then there will be the aftermath, which can be as bad as or worse than what happens during the storm. I think devastation caused by flooding is often underrated. People lose everything they own—sometimes even their lives. Here are some of the dangers people are facing—beyond the floodwaters themselves—and what to expect in the days to come. […]

By | October 5th, 2015|Weather|8 Comments

How to Help Your Kids Deal With Hot School Days

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? […]

By | August 11th, 2015|Children, Hot, Weather|2 Comments

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

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. […]

By | February 23rd, 2015|Cold, Weather|11 Comments

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: The Sneaky Way It Kills

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 […]

By | February 17th, 2015|Cold, Weather|11 Comments

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

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. […]

By | December 16th, 2014|Cold, Weather|3 Comments

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

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. […]

By | November 17th, 2014|Cold, Weather|10 Comments

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

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. […]

By | November 10th, 2014|Cold, Weather|8 Comments