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2012-03-20 23:43:30

"A really nasty hangover" is how Grant Lipman, MD, describes the feeling of acute mountain sickness, and for good reason: Symptoms can include headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, vomiting and poor appetite. More than 25 percent of the millions of Americans who travel to high elevations each year, often to hike, camp or ski, will suffer from this condition, also known as altitude illness. But a new study led by Lipman, an emergency medicine physician at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and...

2011-12-22 12:40:09

...don't climb too fast! Lack of acclimatization and excessively rapid ascent are the main risk factors for acute mountain sickness, as Kai Schommer and Peter Bärtsch explain in this issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International (Dtsch Arztebl Int 2011; 108 [49]: 839-48). More and more tourists are climbing up mountains that are 5000 to almost 7000 meters high, such as Kilimanjaro, without any prior experience at high altitudes. The low oxygen content in the air...

2011-08-29 11:31:43

Research on Mt. Everest climbers is adding to the evidence that an amino acid called leucine – found in foods, dietary supplements, energy bars and other products – may help people burn fat during periods of food restriction, such as climbing at high altitude, while keeping their muscle tissue. It was one of two studies reported here today at the 242nd National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) on the elite corps of men and women who have tackled the...

2011-06-15 20:45:46

Published in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine Frostbite can be a minor injury or a life-threatening condition. In the June issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, a panel of experts has published evidence-based practice guidelines issued by the Wilderness Medical Society (WMS) for the prevention and treatment of frostbite to guide clinicians and disseminate knowledge about best practices. "Frostbite can be a devastating injury that afflicts many people who are in the prime of...

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2011-02-22 14:13:15

Organizers said Tuesday that 15 Nepalese civil servants will soon abandon their desks for the slopes of Everest to improve government understanding of the challenges facing the Himalayas. The civil servants from different ministries, including tourism, education and foreign affairs, are between the ages 27 and 54 and they aim to reach the top of the world's highest peak during the main climbing season in May. The $420,000 cost of the expedition is being covered by the state, and Laxman...

2011-01-16 00:23:39

As severe winter weather impacts the Kansas City area, residents are taking extra precautions against the plummeting temperatures, icy winds and snowy streets. For most of us, these precautions include extra time scraping windshields and wearing one more layer of clothes. However, Kansas City Home Care, Inc., Overland Park, KS, is urging families throughout the metro area to take extra precautions to help their elderly family members feel safe and remain healthy this winter. Overland Park,...

2011-01-03 08:10:00

NORTH CONWAY, N.H., Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- 6,288-foot Mount Washington is known around the world for its horrific weather conditions. Since its founding in 1932, meteorologists at Mount Washington Observatory have studied and documented the mountain's weather, venturing out into the elements on an hourly basis to collect data and maintain the station's weather instruments. Through a new, multi-year partnership, they will now face the "world's worst weather" in gear provided by...

2010-12-17 13:33:25

During Mount Kilimanjaro ascent highlights risks of high altitude climbs Former tennis champion Martina Navratilova was hospitalized for pulmonary edema"”fluid build-up in the lungs"”while climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, drawing attention to the high risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS) and high altitude pulmonary edema among climbers of high peaks. A timely study in a recent issue of High Altitude Medicine & Biology, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc....

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2010-10-18 10:05:00

Following the successful ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro by nine UK celebrities during a 2009 charity event, more and more people are feeling compelled to challenge Africa's highest mountain--a decision which, according to a new University of Edinburgh study, could be fatal if they don't prepare correctly. According to BBC News, travel agencies have reported an increase in bookings to those looking to scale the over 19,000-foot Tanzanian peak following the March 2009 climb successfully completed...


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