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2009-01-14 20:20:56

As sub-zero temperatures are being reported across the United States, doctors warn of frostbite danger. Exposure to very cold can cause the skin cells to become frozen and damaged -- sometimes permanently -- and bad cases may necessitate amputation. Signs that areas may be frostbitten include feeling numb or hard and frozen and appearing waxy, white, or grayish. It takes only minutes for exposed skin to become frostbitten if the temperature falls below 20 degrees F and the wind is blowing...

2009-01-13 13:48:00

Then warm up - and protect yourself from the dangers of frostbite ROSEMONT, Ill., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Severe temperatures are hitting most of the country this week, but cold weather is no excuse to sit inside over the long winter months. If you do go outside for some fresh air and exercise, make sure to guard yourself from frostbite. When body tissues are frostbitten, skin cells become damaged -- sometimes permanently. Therefore, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons...

2009-01-07 14:10:10

A hot dog vendor who paid $362, 201 for the food-vending rights for a New York corner says the prime position is worth every penny. First-time vendor Pasang Sherpa said when the Metropolitan Museum of Art auctioned off the sales rights to two of its corners, he decided to pay an additional $81,701 to sell his hot dogs near its north-side entrance, the New York Post said Wednesday. The cost increase, which represents thousands of hot dogs in Sherpa's world, was acceptable for the vendor...

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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...

2008-12-12 23:04:38

Most deaths during expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest occur during descents from the summit in the so-called death zone, U.S. researchers said. Paul Firth of Massachusetts General Hospital said thousands of climbers have attempted to reach the summit of 8,850-meter, or 29,000-foot, Mount Everest since the 1920s. The international research team, which included investigators from three British hospitals and the University of Toronto, reviewed available expedition records including the...

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2008-11-17 07:45:00

Dawa Steven Sherpa, a young climber from Nepal, is hoping to promote eco-friendly climbing on Mt. Everest by deploying toilets fashioned from a plastic bucket.  The U.S.-designed bucket, which weighs 2.4 pounds and stands 11 inches tall, has an opening that is eight inches in diameter.  To construct the toilet, Sherpa and his team used a plastic bucket and a gas-impervious bag to safely contain and neutralize human waste and trap odor. "I want to promote anything that manages human...

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2008-10-17 14:52:45

A study of professional mountain climbers has shown that high-altitude exposure can cause subtle white and grey matter changes to the area of the brain involved in motor activity, according to the October issue of the European Journal of Neurology. Italian researchers took MRI scans of nine world-class mountain climbers, who had been climbing for at least 10 years, before and after expeditions to Mount Everest (8,848 meters) and K2 (8,611 meters) without an oxygen supply. They compared their...

2008-09-23 09:00:30

NEW YORK, Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- My Urban Sherpa, an insider's guide to the best of New York City, today unveiled its new mobi site: http://www.myurbansherpa.mobi/. The mobi site streamlines a list of recommended restaurants, bars, athletic facilities, shops, and travelers' needs for handheld devices. This time-efficient resource of reliable insider recommendations features continually updated listings for current museum exhibitions as well as theater, dance, and performance schedules....

2008-09-16 18:00:17

By Jasbir Authi A WARD End pharmacist will be scaling new heights in his quest to raise money for a city charity. Yaser Baig, aged 26, is busy training for a gruelling ten-day trek to Mount Everest Base Camp from November 22. Yaser thought the trek would be the best way to combine his love of exercise with his desire to do his bit for Saltley-based Islamic Relief. Mount Everest Base Camp is situated 5,500m above sea level and Yaser and his party of 15 expect to be trekking eight...

2008-09-14 00:00:19

Mountaineer Andy Kirkpatrick will be swapping the dangerous peaks of the world to talk to an audience at Stafford Gatehouse theatre next month. He has a reputation of being the most extreme speaker on the mountaineering circuit, with stand-up talents to rival the top comedy acts in the UK. Andy's talk on October 3, When Hell Freezes Over will focus on his winter expeditions to Patagonia at the southern most portion of South America. His show will give audiences a taste of what it's...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.