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Altitude illness

Andrew M Luks, Colin Grissom, Luanne Freer, Peter Hackett
Luks, Andrew M., Colin Grissom, Luanne Freer, and Peter Hackett. Medication use among mount Everest climbers: practice and attitudes. High Alt Med Biol. 00:000-000, 2016.-The lay public, media, and medical experts have expressed concern about the ethics of climbers using medications to improve performance and increase the odds of summit success while climbing at high altitude, but the true incidence of this practice remains unclear. We conducted an anonymous survey of climbers who have attempted to climb Mt...
October 20, 2016: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
Aleš Chrdle, Vaclav Chmelik, Daniel Ruzek
Tick-borne encephalitis (TBE) is an acute febrile illness with neurological manifestations that is prevalent in forested areas of moderate climate in Europe and Asia. TBE virus is transmitted by ticks and rarely by unpasteurized milk and dairy products. The disease burden is attributed mainly to resulting long-term disability, especially in individuals over 50 years of age. Currently, there is no causative treatment, but a very effective vaccination is available with a good safety profile. The vaccination requires three basic doses to be fully effective and regular boosters afterwards...
August 15, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Tom Robinson, Jose S Evangelista, Emi Latham, Samir T Mukherjee, Andrew Pilmanis
INTRODUCTION: Supersonic, high altitude aviation places its pilots and aircrew in complex environments, which may lead to injury that is not easily diagnosed or simply treated. Decompression illness (either venous or arterial) and environmental conditions (e.g., abnormal gases and pressure) are the most likely adverse effects aircrew often face. Though symptomatic aircrew personnel may occasionally require hyperbaric oxygen treatment, it is rare to require more than one treatment before returning to baseline function...
August 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Ross Hofmeyr, Walther Meyer, Mike James, Rik De Decker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
Philip E Bickler, John R Feiner, Michael S Lipnick, Paul Batchelder, David B MacLeod, John W Severinghaus
Extended periods of oxygen deprivation can produce acidosis, inflammation, energy failure, cell stress, or cell death. However, brief profound hypoxia (here defined as SaO2 50%-70% for approximately 10 minutes) is not associated with cardiovascular compromise and is tolerated by healthy humans without apparent ill effects. In contrast, chronic hypoxia induces a suite of adaptations and stresses that can result in either increased tolerance of hypoxia or disease, as in adaptation to altitude or in the syndrome of chronic mountain sickness...
August 12, 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
William Selde, Will Smith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2016: JEMS: a Journal of Emergency Medical Services
Martin J MacInnis, Michael S Koehle
MacInnis, Martin J., and Michael S. Koehle. Evidence for and against genetic predispositions to acute and chronic altitude illnesses. High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2016.-Humans exhibit marked variation in their responses to hypoxia, with susceptibility to acute and chronic altitude illnesses being a prominent and medically important example. Many have hypothesized that genetic differences are the cause of these variable responses to hypoxia; however, until recently, these hypotheses were based primarily on small (and sometimes anecdotal) reports pertaining to apparent differences in altitude illness susceptibility between populations, the notion that a history of altitude illness is indicative of subsequent risk, the heritability of hypoxia-related traits, and candidate gene association studies...
August 8, 2016: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
Matthias Peter Hilty, Stefanie Zügel, Michele Schoeb, Katja Auinger, Christoph Dehnert, Marco Maggiorini
Introduction. Acute exposure to high altitude induces inflammation. However, the relationship between inflammation and high altitude related illness such as high altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) and acute mountain sickness (AMS) is poorly understood. We tested if soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) plasma concentration, a prognostic factor for cardiovascular disease and marker for low grade activation of leukocytes, will predict susceptibility to HAPE and AMS. Methods. 41 healthy mountaineers were examined at sea level (SL, 446 m) and 24 h after rapid ascent to 4559 m (HA)...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Ill-Min Chung, Jae-Kwang Kim, Yong-Ik Jin, Yong-Taek Oh, Mayakrishnan Prabakaran, Kyoung-Jin Youn, Seung-Hyun Kim
Compared to other foods, the use of common bio-elements to identify the geographical origin of potato remains limited. Thus, this study aimed to verify whether the cultivation regions of raw potato tubers could be determined by the stable isotope composition analysis of bio-elements. δ(13)CVPDB and δ(15)NAIR in potato were influenced by region and cultivar, whereas δ(18)OVSMOW and δ(34)SVCDT were only influenced by region (p<0.0001). A two-dimensional plot of δ(18)OVSMOW and δ(34)SVCDT effectively distinguished between high and low altitude regions, and also reliably discriminated Wanju, Haenam, and Boseong cultivars in low altitude regions...
December 1, 2016: Food Chemistry
Michael P W Grocott, D Z H Levett, D S Martin, M H Wilson, A Mackenney, S Dhillon, H E Montgomery, M G Mythen, K Mitchell
The Caudwell Xtreme Everest (CXE) expedition in the spring of 2007 systematically studied 222 healthy volunteers as they ascended from sea level to Everest Base Camp (5300 m). A subgroup of climbing investigators ascended higher on Everest and obtained physiological measurements up to an altitude of 8400 m. The aim of the study was to explore inter-individual variation in response to environmental hypobaric hypoxia in order to understand better the pathophysiology of critically ill patients and other patients in whom hypoxaemia and cellular hypoxia are prevalent...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Erik R Swenson
Hypoxia, depending upon its magnitude and circumstances, evokes a spectrum of mild to severe acid-base changes ranging from alkalosis to acidosis, which can alter many responses to hypoxia at both non-genomic and genomic levels, in part via altered hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) metabolism. Healthy people at high altitude and persons hyperventilating to non-hypoxic stimuli can become alkalotic and alkalemic with arterial pH acutely rising as high as 7.7. Hypoxia-mediated respiratory alkalosis reduces sympathetic tone, blunts hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction and hypoxic cerebral vasodilation, and increases hemoglobin oxygen affinity...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Andrew M Luks
Luks, M. Andrew. Clinician's corner: travel to high altitude following solid organ transplantation. High Alt Med Biol. 16:000-000, 2016.-As they regain active lifestyles following successful organ transplantation, transplant recipients may travel to high altitude for a variety of activities, including skiing, climbing, and trekking. This review is intended to provide information for medical providers who may encounter transplant patients seeking advice before planned high altitude travel or care for medical issues that develop during the actual sojourn...
June 23, 2016: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
Olivier Salamin, Sara De Angelis, Jean-Daniel Tissot, Martial Saugy, Nicolas Leuenberger
Despite being prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency, blood doping through erythropoietin injection or blood transfusion is frequently used by athletes to increase oxygen delivery to muscles and enhance performance. In contrast with allogeneic blood transfusion and erythropoietic stimulants, there is presently no direct method of detection for autologous blood transfusion (ABT) doping. Blood reinfusion is currently monitored with individual follow-up of hematological variables via the athlete biological passport, which requires further improvement...
July 2016: Transfusion Medicine Reviews
Paul Robach, Gilles Trebes, Françoise Lasne, Corinne Buisson, Nathalie Méchin, Monica Mazzarino, Xavier de la Torre, Matthieu Roustit, Patricia Kérivel, Francesco Botré, Pierre Bouzat
Mont Blanc, the summit of Western Europe, is a popular but demanding high-altitude ascent. Drug use is thought to be widespread among climbers attempting this summit, not only to prevent altitude illnesses, but also to boost physical and/or psychological capacities. This practice may be unsafe in this remote alpine environment. However, robust data on medication during the ascent of Mont Blanc are lacking. Individual urine samples from male climbers using urinals in mountain refuges on access routes to Mont Blanc (Goûter and Cosmiques mountain huts) were blindly and anonymously collected using a hidden automatic sampler...
2016: PloS One
Raffaele Brustia, Giulia Enrione, Bruna Catuzzo, Luca Cavoretto, Massimo Pesenti Campagnoni, Enrico Visetti, Emmanuel Cauchy, Stefanie Ziegler, Guido Giardini
UNLABELLED: Brustia, Raffaele, Giulia Enrione, Bruna Catuzzo, Luca Cavoretto, Massimo Pesenti Compagnoni, Enrico Visetti, Emmanuel Cauchy, Stefanie Ziegler, and Guido Giardini. Results of a prospective observational study on mountaineering emergencies in Western Alps: mind your head. High Alt Med Biol. 17:116-121, 2016.- BACKGROUND: In the northern Italian district Valle d'Aosta district during winter and summer season the population can increase up to 170% of the resident population...
June 2016: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
Marc Coudel, Pierre-Marie Aubert, Mohammed Aderghal, Christelle Hély
Human activities are historical ecological drivers, and we need to better understand their effects on ecosystems. In particular, they have been very important in the shaping of the Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot. Researchers and managers nonetheless lack knowledge concerning the impacts of their combinations and their current intensity on the structure of forest ecosystems of the southern part of the Mediterranean basin. In this study, we have develped a new methodology in order to understand the impacts of combined pastoral and woodcutting activities on the forest structure of the still ill-described but ecologically and economically important Moroccan Middle Atlas cedar forests...
March 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Juan Yang, Wenhua Li, Siyuan Liu, Dongya Yuan, Yijiao Guo, Cheng Jia, Tusheng Song, Chen Huang
We aimed to identify serum biomarkers for screening individuals who could adapt to high-altitude hypoxia at sea level. HHA (high-altitude hypoxia acclimated; n = 48) and HHI (high-altitude hypoxia illness; n = 48) groups were distinguished at high altitude, routine blood tests were performed for both groups at high altitude and at sea level. Serum biomarkers were identified by comparing serum peptidome profiling between HHI and HHA groups collected at sea level. Routine blood tests revealed the concentration of hemoglobin and red blood cells were significantly higher in HHI than in HHA at high altitude...
2016: Scientific Reports
Chang Wang, Rong Wang, Hua Xie, Yuhuan Sun, Rui Tao, Wenqing Liu, Wenbin Li, Hui Lu, Zhengping Jia
Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a dangerous hypoxic illness that can affect humans who rapidly reach a high altitude above 2500m. In the study, we investigated the changes of cytokines induced by plateau, and the acetazolamide (ACZ) influenced the cytokines in rats exposed to high altitude. Wistar rats were divided into low altitude (Control), high altitude (HA), and high altitude+ACZ (22.33mg/kg, Bid) (HA+ACZ) group. The rats were acute exposed to high altitude at 4300m for 3days. The HA+ACZ group were given ACZ by intragastric administration...
July 2016: Cytokine
Ajay Risal, Kedar Manandhar, Mattias Linde, Timothy J Steiner, Are Holen
BACKGROUND: Anxiety and depression are two important contributors to the global burden of disease. In many developing countries, including Nepal, their prevalences are yet to be assessed. METHODS: A nationwide cross-sectional study was conducted among a representative sample of Nepalese adults aged 18-65 years (N = 2100), selected by multistage random cluster sampling and interviewed at home during unannounced visits. The validated questionnaires included the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), to detect cases of anxiety (HADS-A), depression (HADS-D) and comorbid anxiety and depression (HADS-cAD), the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Revised Short Form-Neuroticism (EPQRS-N), and the World Health Organization Quality of Life 8-question scale (WHOQOL-8)...
2016: BMC Psychiatry
Gerard Flaherty, Rory O'Connor, Niall Johnston
High altitude training is regarded as an integral component of modern athletic preparation, especially for endurance sports such as middle and long distance running. It has rapidly achieved popularity among elite endurance athletes and their coaches. Increased hypoxic stress at altitude facilitates key physiological adaptations within the athlete, which in turn may lead to improvements in sea-level athletic performance. Despite much research in this area to date, the exact mechanisms which underlie such improvements remain to be fully elucidated...
May 2016: Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease
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