A Cold Wind Blowing: Wind Chill!

When we’re outdoors, temperature means everything. Not just the temperature that our thermometers read and the weather forecasters say, but the temperature we actually feel.  So, what is really going on when a strong gust of wind picks up out of nowhere and makes it feel like the the temperature dropped 10 degrees – even though the reading on the thermometer has not changed? Continue reading

Goldsmith LA, Katz SI, Gilchrest BA, Paller AS, Leffell DJ, Wolff K: Fitzpatrcik’s Dermatology in General Medicine, 8th Edition:

Taking the Chill Out of Chilblains!

In the heart of winter we dare not test the weather. Getting ready to go outside is as much of a process in itself as the outdoor activities we are planning to do! Layers of warm clothing and waterproof boots not only keep the cold away but also serve as protection against some of the most peculiar skin disorders, like chilblains. Continue reading

Ouch! This wrist just "doesn't look right"! (Wikipedia)

Winter Sports: Why the Wrist is at Risk!

Cross-country skiing in Norway (photo from Wikipedia, credit Sondrekv)
Cross-country skiing in Norway (photo from Wikipedia, credit Sondrekv)

Now that winter is fully upon us, it’s time to dust off our skis, snowboards, and ice skates and bundle up for some winter fun!  As you’re preparing for your winter escape, remember that you’ll be walking on thin ice if you don’t prepare for your excursion with safety in mind!

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Watch Your Ssssstep: Rattlesnakes!

Vera Oliphant, a teenager from San Diego, was walking up a hill to find reception on her cell phone when she accidentally stepped into a snake nest hidden under a pile of leaves. She looked down just in time to watch a mother snake and her babies deliver 6 excruciatingly painful bites.  She quickly began seeing spots and losing consciousness; thankfully, she was rushed to the hospital and immediately given anti-venom, which saved her life. After four days in the intensive care unit, she was released to rest at home.  Her attackers? Rattlesnakes, the deadliest snakes in North America!

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Asian Forest Scorpion from Wikipedia, taken by Chris Huh

A Tale of the Tail: Scorpion Stings!

An old Egyptian proverb goes like this:  “Because we focused on the snake, we missed the scorpion!”

We at boonDOCS will never let that happen.  So, here is what you need to know about scorpions!

Asian Forest Scorpion from Wikipedia, taken by Chris Huh

Scorpions, part of the arachnid class, can look like something out of a horror movie.  Like spiders, they have eight legs, thin pinchers (called pedipalps), and a venomous stinger on their tail.  The average size of a scorpion is about 6 cm, but the largest known scorpion grows up to 21cm! There are hundreds of types of scorpions.  Thankfully, most of them are harmless, but a small handful – yikes! – of them can be dangerous and even potentially lethal to humans.Scorpions are found on all continents besides Antarctica, though in some places such as New Zealand and Great Britain they are not naturally occurring.  Scorpions may be found in, basically, every ecosystem, as they are incredible adapters and are able to survive on even just one insect a year by altering their metabolism!

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When Nature is Your Nearest Hospital!