Archive | August, 2011

Scorpion Antivenom

For those of you in the southwestern part of these United of States, you’ll be glad to know that last week, the FDA approved the first-ever antivenom specifically for the treatment of scorpion stings. The drug, developed in Mexico, is called Anascorp, and is capable of rapidly reversing the symptoms of scorpion bites, which can include fluid in the lungs, breathing problems, excess saliva, blurred vision, slurred speech, trouble swallowing, abnormal eye movements, and muscle twitching.

“This is an historic event,” Leslie Boyer, MD, lead investigator on the antivenom’s clinical trials, said in a press statement. “This is the first-ever drug approved for this use by the FDA; the first-ever drug that we are aware of being developed fully in Latin America and subsequently approved by the FDA; the first-ever scorpion antivenom proved effective under controlled clinical trials; and the first-ever antivenom with so few allergic reactions.”

Adventure Medical Kits, take note. More info on Anascorp here.

August 8, 2011 | Science | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Fjallraven Classic 2011

After a Swedish expedition to Greenland in 1966, Åke Nordin decided it was time to make his own coat. With the help of climber Hasse Hellström, one of Sweden’s foremost experts on Greenland and a member of the glacier researcher group, Friluftsfrämjande, he did just that, utilizing the olive green fabric that, at the time, was being used to make tents. Above is an old advertisement for that very garment, the Fjällräven Greenland Jacket, which reads “The perfect jacket for the mountain hiker and climber.” And if the previous three sentences won’t suffice in detailing the history of the J. Crew catalogue staple, then click here.

The reason for the Fjallraven post? Well, tomorrow, August 5th, marks the start of the 2011 Fjällräven Classic, an annual 110 km (68.3 miles) trekking event/race from Nikkaluokta to Abisko Touriststation in good ol’ Sweden. Good luck to friends who flew across the ocean for one hell of a time.

August 4, 2011 | Camping | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

the way the cornbread crumbles

One of the best of the spring/summer. Listen to a couple-of-weeks-old Fresh Air with Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings right here.

August 2, 2011 | Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

First Hike

The First Book of Hiking was written in 1965 by C. William Harrison and illustrated by E. Frank Habbas. I found this guy on the bookshelves of a local Salvation Army and held on tight while finishing my shopping (even after brushing a good two months of dust off the cover). The illustrations are 2 and 3 color woodcuts with amazing detail.

If you stumble upon this one, buy it, cut out those illustrations and tack them above your desk at work to remind you of what’s great.

August 2, 2011 | Art/Photography, Music/Movies/Books | Continue Reading | Comments { 3 }