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Quiz: Could You Survive a Bear Mauling?

A few weeks ago, Kenneth Steck, of Juneau, Alaska, was charged and mauled by a brown bear in Yakutat, Alaska. In the video below, he tells his story—fortunate to be alive. If you were in [...]

By | June 28th, 2016|Critters, Other Wounds, Skin|3 Comments

Do Air Driers Help or Hurt When Drying Your Hands? Take the Hand Washing Quiz!

  by James Hubbard, MD, MPH I’ve examined literally thousands of people with colds, flus, and stomach viruses in my time and have caught less than a handful (pun intended) of their infections. The reason? I attribute it a lot of it to proper hand washing (and a good immune system). Yes, protective gear, such as gloves, is important, but hand washing is still one of the most effective things you can do to protect yourself against many, many infections—as long as you do it in the proper way. Here’s a quiz on proper hand washing that I based on facts and the documenting studies at the CDC’s website. To tell the truth, before I read the research, I’m not sure I would have scored 100 percent. Let me know what you score! (I’ll list the questions again at the end so you can count how many you got right.)   >> Proper Hand Washing: Take The Quiz! – […]

By | April 28th, 2014|Infectious Disease|9 Comments

Pop Quiz: Do You Know How to Survive the Heat?

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH   First question: What natural phenomenon kills more people in the United States than all other disasters combined? […]

By | May 29th, 2013|Hot, Weather|8 Comments

Spring Survival Quiz, Part II: Bites and Stings

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH We humans are not the only ones who become more active in the spring. This second of my two-part, true/false quiz on surviving the spring is all about bites and stings. The answers are quotes from past posts. It has been said that repetition is the mother of all learning, so why not go back and read the linked posts to refresh your memory.   […]

By | April 9th, 2013|Critters|3 Comments

Spring Survival Quiz

by James Hubbard, MD, MPH Springtime. It always reminds me of the cycle of life, rebirth, new beginnings. And, of course, it’s a time to get outside, to hike, camp, play … and spring clean. This is the first of a two-part true/false spring quiz to help you get you prepared for all of the above. In the comments, let me know how you do! […]

By | April 4th, 2013|Hot, Weather|7 Comments

Flu Shots: The Good and the Bad. Take the Quiz and Make Up Your Mind.

Photo by sylvar on Flickr. by James Hubbard, MD, MPH It’s as predicable as the change of the season. Come cold weather, you begin to see dire forecasts of the worst flu season. Will millions die this year? Who knows? It’s kind of like the usual pre-hurricane warnings. Many times they’re wrong, but if they’re right and you don’t heed them, it can be the last decision, or indecision, you ever make. I think anyone who’s worth his/her salt in preparing for disasters should take a serious look at flu shots. Know the facts. Like, how effective are flu shots? What are the alternatives? What are the downsides? After you gather the facts, and if you think it’s worth it, get immunized. If you think the risks outweigh the benefits, prepare accordingly. But remember, one of these days, those forecasts are going to be right. […]

By | January 10th, 2013|Infectious Disease|51 Comments

Your Child Has a Rash. Do You Know What to Do?

This is rash number 7 in the quiz below. Can you name it? by James Hubbard, M.D., M.P.H. Everyone with kids knows the drill. Your two-year old awakens you in the middle of the night with, “Mommy, I don’t feel vewy good,” or, “Daddy, my throat hurts.” You fumble around and find their forehead with an, “I sorry.” But yikes. This time they’re burning up. You flip on the light, and the kid looks like he’s been in a naked paintball fight—red splotches everywhere. What do you do? Okay, you’ll probably call the hospital, or the nurse’s hotline, or your primary-care doc. You might even go to the hospital. But what if you can’t? What if the roads aren’t travelable and all you’re getting on the phone is a busy signal? […]