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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810963/treating-decompression-sickness-military-flight-simulation-site-community-hospital-partnership
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Whitney C Rhodes, George Hertner, Robert Price, Lani Finck, Claudia Temmer, Tracy Cushing, Kathleen Flarity
BACKGROUND: High-altitude flight simulation familiarizes military trainees with the symptoms of hypoxia to prepare them for emergency situations. Decompression sickness (DCS) can occur as a result of these simulations. In cases when ground-level supplemental oxygen does not resolve symptoms, hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy is indicated. Many military hyperbaric chambers have been closed because of cost reductions, necessitating partnerships with community hospitals to ensure access to treatment...
July 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744643/involvement-of-autonomic-nervous-system-in-antiarrhythmic-effect-of-intermittent-hypobaric-hypoxia
#2
N V Naryzhnaya, A V Mukhamedzyanov, T V Lasukova, L N Maslov
We studied the involvement of the autonomic nervous system in the antiarrhythmic effect of intermittent hypobaric hypoxia modeled by daily placing the rats into an altitude chamber at 405 mm Hg (5000 m above sea level). The antiarrhythmic effect of hypoxia was observed on the model of acute coronary occlusion/reperfusion in vivo, but not during simulation of total ischemia/reperfusion of the isolated myocardium. Intravenous injection of ganglionic blocker hexamethonium (30 mg/kg) 15 min prior to in vivo coronary occlusion modeling abolished the antiarrhythmic effect of intermittent hypobaric hypoxia, which suggests that this effect is mediated via activation of the autonomic nervous system...
July 25, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730606/technical-note-empirical-altitude-correction-factors-for-well-chamber-measurements-of-permanent-prostate-and-breast-seed-implant-sources
#3
Elizabeth Watt, David P Spencer, Tyler Meyer
PURPOSE: Previous studies in the literature have measured an altitude effect for low-energy brachytherapy seeds; a correction factor applied in addition to PTP to account for the breakdown of Bragg-Gray cavity theory at low energies in well-type ionization chambers. In clinical practice, many centres use altitude correction factors that are not seed-model-specific. The purpose of this work is to present altitude correction factors for several seed models without documented factors in the literature...
July 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720186/flight-performance-during-exposure-to-acute-hypobaric-hypoxia
#4
Yuval Steinman, Marieke H A H van den Oord, Monique H W Frings-Dresen, Judith K Sluiter
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of the present study was to examine the influence of hypobaric hypoxia (HH) on a pilot's flight performance during exposure to simulated altitudes of 91, 3048, and 4572 m (300, 10,000, and 15,000 ft) and to monitor the pilot's physiological reactions. METHOD: In a single-blinded counter-balanced design, 12 male pilots were exposed to HH while flying in a flight simulator that had been placed in a hypobaric chamber. Flight performance of the pilots, pilot's alertness level, Spo2, heart rate (HR), minute ventilation (VE), and breathing frequency (BF) were measured...
August 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705998/is-normobaric-hypoxia-an-effective-treatment-for-sustaining-previously-acquired-altitude-acclimatization
#5
Beth A Beidleman, Charles S Fulco, Bruce S Cadarette, Allen Cymerman, Mark J Buller, Roy M Salgado, Alexander M Posch, Janet E Staab, Ingrid V Sils, Beau R Yurkevicius, Adam J Luippold, Alexander P Welles, Stephen R Muza
This study examined whether normobaric hypoxia (NH) treatment is more efficacious for sustaining high altitude (HA) acclimatization during re-introduction to altitude (RA) than no treatment at all. Seventeen sea level (SL) residents (age=23±6yrs; mean±SE) completed in the following order: 1)4d of SL testing, 2)12d of high altitude (HA) acclimatization at 4300m, 3)12d at SL post HA acclimatization (Post) where each received either NH (n=9;FiO2=0.122) or Sham (n=8;FiO2=0.207) treatment, and 4)24-h re-introduction to 4300m altitude (RA) in a hypobaric chamber...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689024/a-high-fat-breakfast-attenuates-the-suppression-of-appetite-and-acylated-ghrelin-during-exercise-at-simulated-altitude
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Jamie Matu, Kevin Deighton, Theocharis Ispoglou, Oliver M Shannon, Lauren Duckworth
High-altitude exposure induces a negative energy balance by increasing resting energy expenditure and decreasing energy intake. This diminished energy intake is likely caused by altitude-induced anorexia and can have detrimental effects for those travelling to high-altitude. We aimed to investigate whether altering the macronutrient composition of breakfast could attenuate altitude-induced anorexia and augment energy intake at high-altitude. Twelve healthy men (aged 26 (8) years, body mass index 23.9 (2.7) kg·m(-2)) completed two, 305min experimental trials at 4300m simulated altitude (~11...
July 5, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653390/interventions-for-preventing-high-altitude-illness-part-1-commonly-used-classes-of-drugs
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Víctor H Nieto Estrada, Daniel Molano Franco, Roger David Medina, Alejandro G Gonzalez Garay, Arturo J Martí-Carvajal, Ingrid Arevalo-Rodriguez
BACKGROUND: High altitude illness (HAI) is a term used to describe a group of cerebral and pulmonary syndromes that can occur during travel to elevations above 2500 metres (8202 feet). Acute hypoxia, acute mountain sickness (AMS), high altitude cerebral oedema (HACE) and high altitude pulmonary oedema (HAPE) are reported as potential medical problems associated with high altitude. In this review, the first in a series of three about preventive strategies for HAI, we assess the effectiveness of six of the most recommended classes of pharmacological interventions...
June 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641678/cognitive-deterioration-in-moderate-and-severe-hypobaric-hypoxia-conditions
#8
Jeremy M A Beer, Barry S Shender, Daren Chauvin, Todd S Dart, Joseph Fischer
BACKGROUND: Hypoxia continues to present risks in military aviation. Hypoxia symptoms include sensory and cognitive effects; of these, it is important to identify which components of operator performance are most vulnerable to hypoxia-induced decline in order to determine which sensory modality is most effective for alerting an impaired aviator of an imminent hypoxic episode. METHODS: A study was performed in a hypobaric chamber to characterize deterioration of cognitive performance under moderate (MH) and severe (SH) hypoxia conditions, culminating in subjects' inability to perform tasks...
July 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626333/peripheral-circulation-indicators-in-veteran-trail-runners
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Alexander Bolotin, Vladislav Bakayev
[Purpose] Competitive sport places strict demands on the cardiovascular systems of veteran trail runners. Our research objective was to evaluate the dynamics of microcirculation parameters of veteran runners in hypoxic and mid-altitude conditions. [Subjects and Methods] Seven male runners from Russia and Italy between the ages of 50 and 60 years were examined whilst competing at mid-altitude (1,500-2,000 m above sea level). The same runners were examined in a simulated mid-altitude hypoxic environment, which was a hypoxic chamber with 16% oxygen concentration, for 720 minutes...
June 2017: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610703/air-density-dependence-of-the-response-of-the-ptw-sourcecheck-4pi-ionization-chamber-for-125-i-brachytherapy-seeds
#10
J Torres Del Río, A M Tornero-López, D Guirado, J Pérez-Calatayud, A M Lallena
PURPOSE: To analyze the air density dependence of the response of the new SourceCheck 4pi ionization chamber, manufactured by PTW. METHODS: The air density dependence of three different SourceCheck 4pi chambers was studied by measuring (125)I sources. Measurements were taken by varying the pressure from 746.6 to 986.6hPa in a pressure chamber. Three different HDR 1000 Plus ionization chambers were also analyzed under similar conditions. A linear and a potential-like function of the air density were fitted to experimental data and their achievement in describing them was analyzed...
June 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608300/in-situ-assay-of-nitrate-reductase-activity-using-portable-water-bath
#11
Adam Rajsz, Bronisław Wojtuń, Andrzej Bytnerowicz
In environmental research (i.e., plant ecophysiology, environmental microbiology, and environmental chemistry), some assays require incubation of samples at controlled temperature and darkness. Until now, due to a lack of equipment providing such possibility in situ, researchers had to move collected samples to the laboratory for incubation. Obviously, a delayed incubation and the ex situ conditions could seriously affect the assays' results. A good example of analysis where water bath use is needed is the nitrate reductase activity (NRA) in vivo assay where plant tissue samples are incubated in buffer solution at a predetermined temperature...
July 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518008/latent-presentation-of-decompression-sickness-after-altitude-chamber-training-in-an-active-duty-flier
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James Gentry, Juan Rango, Jianzhong Zhang, Shane Biedermann
BACKGROUND: Decompression sickness (DCS) is a potential danger and risk for both divers and aircrew alike. DCS is also a potential side effect of altitude (hypobaric) chamber training as well and can present long after training occurs. Literature review shows that altitude chamber induced DCS has approximately a 0.25% incidence. CASE REPORT: A 32-yr-old, active duty military member developed symptoms of DCS 3 h after his hypobaric chamber training. Unfortunately, he did not seek treatment for DCS until 48 h after the exposure...
April 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501324/using-a-new-plateau-hyperbaric-chamber-to-alleviate-high-altitude-hypoxia-rabbit-and-human-studies
#13
Liang Sun, Meng-Jiang Ding, Tian-Cai Cai, Hao-Jun Fan, Hong-Mei Gao, Jian-Peng Zhang
OBJECTIVES: To validate the effects of the new plateau hyperbaric chamber on alleviating high altitude hypoxia on Mount Kun Lun. METHODS: A prospective, controlled study of rabbits and adult volunteers was conducted at altitudes of 355, 2880 and 4532m. We obtained arterial blood samples from rabbits and volunteers before and after hyperbaric treatment. The respiratory rate, heart rate, and blood pressure (BP) of adult volunteers were monitored during hyperbaric treatment...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452879/aeromedical-evacuation-relevant-hypobaria-worsens-axonal-and-neurologic-injury-in-rats-after-underbody-blast-induced-hyperacceleration
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Julie L Proctor, Kaitlin T Mello, Raymond Fang, Adam C Puche, Robert E Rosenthal, William L Fourney, Ulrich H Leiste, Gary Fiskum
BACKGROUND: Occupants of military vehicles targeted by explosive devices often suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and are typically transported by the aeromedical evacuation (AE) system to a military medical center within a few days. This study tested the hypothesis that exposure of rats to AE-relevant hypobaria worsens cerebral axonal injury and neurologic impairment caused by underbody blasts. METHODS: Anesthetized adult male rats were secured within cylinders attached to a metal plate, simulating the hull of an armored vehicle...
July 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418725/medex-2015-heart-rate-variability-predicts-development-of-acute-mountain-sickness
#15
Angus Sutherland, Joseph Freer, Laura Evans, Alberto Dolci, Matteo Crotti, Jamie Hugo Macdonald
Sutherland, Angus, Joseph Freer, Laura Evans, Alberto Dolci, Matteo Crotti, and Jamie Hugo Macdonald. MEDEX 2015: Heart rate variability predicts development of acute mountain sickness. High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017. AIMS: Acute mountain sickness (AMS) develops when the body fails to acclimatize to atmospheric changes at altitude. Preascent prediction of susceptibility to AMS would be a useful tool to prevent subsequent harm. Changes to peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2) on hypoxic exposure have previously been shown to be of poor predictive value...
April 18, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396299/plasma-cytokine-profiling-to-predict-susceptibility-to-acute-mountain-sickness
#16
Hui Lu, Rong Wang, Wenbin Li, Hua Xie, Chang Wang, Ying Hao, Yuhuan Sun, Zhengping Jia
Extensive studies have been performed on acute mountain sickness (AMS), but biomarkers predicting AMS are lacking. Presently, the mainstay methods to identify AMS biomarkers include proteomic and genetic methods at high altitudes or in hypoxic simulated chambers. In the present study, we compared plasma cytokine profiles between AMS-susceptible individuals and AMS-resistant individuals at low altitude by cytokine array analysis. In total, 75 differentially expressed cytokines were identified between AMS-susceptible individuals and AMS-resistant individuals, most involved in inflammation...
November 1, 2016: European Cytokine Network
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323582/white-matter-integrity-in-high-altitude-pilots-exposed-to-hypobaria
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Stephen A McGuire, Goldie R E Boone, Paul M Sherman, David F Tate, Joe D Wood, Beenish Patel, George Eskandar, S Andrea Wijtenburg, Laura M Rowland, Geoffrey D Clarke, Patrick M Grogan, John H Sladky, Peter V Kochunov
INTRODUCTION: Nonhypoxic hypobaric (low atmospheric pressure) occupational exposure, such as experienced by U.S. Air Force U-2 pilots and safety personnel operating inside altitude chambers, is associated with increased subcortical white matter hyperintensity (WMH) burden. The pathophysiological mechanisms underlying this discrete WMH change remain unknown. The objectives of this study were to demonstrate that occupational exposure to nonhypoxic hypobaria is associated with altered white matter integrity as quantified by fractional anisotropy (FA) measured using diffusion tensor imaging and relate these findings to WMH burden and neurocognitive ability...
December 1, 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257941/the-effect-of-moderate-versus-severe-simulated-altitude-on-appetite-gut-hormones-energy-intake-and-substrate-oxidation-in-men
#18
Jamie Matu, Kevin Deighton, Theocharis Ispoglou, Lauren Duckworth
Acute exposure to high altitude (>3500 m) is associated with marked changes in appetite regulation and substrate oxidation but the effects of lower altitudes are unclear. This study examined appetite, gut hormone, energy intake and substrate oxidation responses to breakfast ingestion and exercise at simulated moderate and severe altitudes compared with sea-level. Twelve healthy males (mean ± SD; age 30 ± 9years, body mass index 24.4 ± 2.7 kg·m(-2)) completed in a randomised crossover order three, 305 min experimental trials at a simulated altitude of 0 m, 2150 m (∼15...
February 28, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243206/spo2-and-heart-rate-during-a-real-hike-at-altitude-are-significantly-different-than-at-its-simulation-in-normobaric-hypoxia
#19
Nikolaus C Netzer, Linda Rausch, Arn H Eliasson, Hannes Gatterer, Matthias Friess, Martin Burtscher, Stephan Pramsohler
Rationale: Exposures to simulated altitude (normobaric hypoxia, NH) are frequently used in preparation for mountaineering activities at real altitude (hypobaric hypoxia, HH). However, physiological responses to exercise in NH and HH may differ. Unfortunately clinically useful information on such differences is largely lacking. This study therefore compared exercise responses between a simulated hike on a treadmill in NH and a similar field hike in HH. Methods: Six subjects (four men) participated in two trials, one in a NH chamber and a second in HH at an altitude of 4,205 m on the mountain Mauna Kea...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069461/is-acute-mountain-sickness-related-to-trait-anxiety-a-normobaric-chamber-study
#20
Martin Niedermeier, Robb Waanders, Verena Menz, Maria Wille, Martin Kopp, Martin Burtscher
INTRODUCTION: Some mountaineers are more prone to the occurrence of acute mountain sickness (AMS) than others. State anxiety during altitude exposure might be associated with AMS development. We hypothesized that trait anxiety might be higher in AMS cases compared to non-AMS cases. The aim of the present study was to study the relationship between AMS development and trait anxiety. METHODS: In an observational study design, AMS incidence during a 12-hour exposure to normobaric hypoxia (FiO2=12...
January 6, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
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