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April 30th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Physical Challenges On Everest

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April 30th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Dispatch from the Field (4-30-12)

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From Joel Streed, Mayo Clinic News Network Nobody ever expected this expedition to be easy.  Conducting medical research near the top of the worlds highest point certainly creates challenges.  Mother nature is one of those obstacles that the team is having to overcome.  The extreme temperatures are playing games with both equipment and the researchers.  […]

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April 29th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

A Poor Man's Oscar Speech

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From Bryan Taylor, Ph.D.
 So, here we are. Mount Everest base camp, 17,500 feet above sea level, blood oxygen saturation level of 70-80% (it’s 95-100% at sea level), plus an elevated 
heart rate. Sleeping, poorly, in a tent at sub-zero temperatures on a
glacier that has shifted approximately 30 feet in the last month! Sounds like […]

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April 29th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Dispatch from the Field (4-29-12)

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Climber Cory Richards, who is resting safely in hospital, wanted us to clarify that his illness was not altitude sickness, but a diagnosis is still forthcoming. Updates on his situation will come first on the National Geographic site.  After yesterday’s disappointing news about Cory’s evacuation, the team turned its focus to the job at hand, […]

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April 28th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Entire team arrives; Climber Cory Richards evacuated

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Update from multiple sources:  The rest of the Mayo research team and other trekkers in their group arrived at base camp today, so now all six Mayo expedition members are together again.  Shortly after their arrival, North Face/National Geographic climber/photographer Cory Richards was evacuated due to altitude sickness. Details on that are available on the […]

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April 28th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Dr. Bruce Johnson and Team begins testing

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Our first message from research team leader, Mayo investigator Bruce Johnson, Ph.D.  All good, have the lab set up and looks really good.  Last night my O2 sats (saturation) were 74, which makes my PaO2 about in the 40’s… much lower than you would ever allow a patient to get.  We are sleeping on a […]

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April 28th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Dispatch from the Field 4-28-12

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From Joel Streed, Mayo Clinic News Network After more than a week of trekking, the Mayo Clinic team arrived at its destination of the Mount Everest base camp.  The arrival was a little tempered in that the team had decided to split into two groups prior to making the final push on to base camp.  […]

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April 28th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Dispatch from the Field 4-27-28 (a little late due to no connectivity)

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The day started with some tough decisions, a few members of the group have been struggling with symptoms of altitude sickness… things like nausea, fatigue, as well as GI problems… enough to consider sending the worst down to a lower altitude, staying an extra day at Pheriche, or splitting the group with the healthiest heading […]

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April 28th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Settling in at Base Camp – first photo

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From Joel Streed, Mayo Clinic News Network [This was Joel's quick initial message. His formal dispatches will follow.] The team is settling into base camp. Half the team arrived last night and we are awaiting the other half any time. Last night was a little “unrestful.” Had to get used to the sounds of rockfalls […]

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April 27th, 2012 · Leave a Comment

Avalanches on Everest: Everyone is safe

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Reports today from the mountain relate some harrowing moments due to avalanches at the top of the Khumbu Ice Fall. Updates from our North Face partners indicate that all climbers and others on Everest have been located and are safe. A Sherpa who served as a cook for one contingent fell into a crevasse. He was […]

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