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This week: wilderness medicine, hypertension and immunotherapy

A love of the wilderness led a paramedic and a doctor from Syracuse to work with the National Geographic Channel adventure series “The Great Human Race.”

Todd Curtis, a paramedic who trained at Upstate Medical University and now teaches there, served as medical safety oversight director for the show, which follows two people as they re-create the conditions of early humans in remote locales in Ethiopia, Mongolia and elsewhere.

Curtis got long-distance supervision from emergency physician Dr. Jeremy Joslin, director of Upstate’s wilderness and expedition medicine program. They describe the challenges of preparing for medical emergencies in remote places on this week's show.

Also this week: the importance of screening for high blood pressure, plus its treatments. Plus, immunotherapy research.