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2010-10-07 13:49:06

Discusssed in High Altitude Medicine & Biology Climbers of high peaks such as Mount Kilimanjaro are at high risk for Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Trekkers should not ignore AMS warning signs, which can progress to more serious medical outcomes. Mountain climbers can best minimize their risk for altitude sickness by becoming acclimatized to increased altitudes before an ascent, according to a study in the current issue of High Altitude Medicine & Biology, a peer-reviewed journal...

2010-08-03 02:35:49

If summer travel plans include high altitude conditions, it is important to take proper precautionary measures to prevent sickness, said a travel medicine expert from Baylor College of Medicine. "People who do not often travel to high altitudes may not be prepared for their body's reaction," said Dr. Jane Corboy, associate professor of family and community medicine and director of the Travel Medicine Clinic at BCM. Corboy said most travelers come down with the less serious, mild form of...

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2010-02-16 10:25:00

For winter sports athletes, including Olympians competing in Vancouver this week, the altitude of the sports venue can have a significant impact on performance, requiring athletes in skill sports, such as figure skating, ski jumping and snowboarding, to retool highly technical moves to accommodate more or less air resistance. When considering the challenges and benefits of training and performing at sea level verses altitude, people often think of the effect altitude can have on oxygen...

2010-01-05 03:00:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Altitude has developed a 3D analysis software for geological surveys that has been written for Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs) that provide an enhanced detail of stratification, faults and rock formations that are unattainable with fixed wing seismic surveys. Environmental engineers have been challenged with the need for greater predictability regarding sensitive ground waters, faults and construction of roads, bridges...

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2008-12-30 14:37:00

Results of a new study indicate that otherwise healthy older children and adolescents who visit high-altitude destinations may develop acute mountain sickness in the first few days after they arrive. However, the study team reported in the journal Pediatrics that their symptoms are apt to be relatively mild, including mainly headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and trouble sleeping and will resolve rapidly. Dr. Jonathan Bloch from University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland and colleagues...

2006-08-25 03:17:15

LONDON (Reuters) - Climbers on Mount Everest need a better understanding of altitude sickness to halt an increase in deaths there, a doctor who climbed the world's highest peak earlier this year said on Friday. Andrew Sutherland of the Nuffield Department of Surgery in Oxford, England, said the unofficial death toll on Mount Everest had already reached 15 this year -- the highest since 1996 when 16 people died, eight in one night after an unexpected storm. Writing in the latest...


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2010-11-15 18:22:54

A radar altimeter measures altitude above the terrain beneath an aircraft as opposed to a barometric altimeter which provides the distance above a pre-determined datum, usually sea level. Radar is the underpinning principle of the system. Radio waves that are reflected back from the ground are timed in order to calculate speed, distance, and time which are related to the each other and can be used to calculate the distance from one point to another. Lloyd Espenschied invented the radar...

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