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Dr. Johnson on Medical Edge Radio Show from Everest

Posted on May 5th, 2012 by Admin

Mayo Clinic's syndicated radio program Medical Edge Weekend had a special guest this morning, live from Mount Everest. Listen to that segment as it aired.

Hosted by Mayo physician Dr. Tom Shives and Tracy McCray, the show airs on affiliated stations every Saturday morning and is streamed live on the Internet. It's the only show where listeners can call in and ask questions of Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers.


NatGeo writer blogs on Mayo research team

Posted on May 5th, 2012 by Admin

It's nice when your colleagues write about you... and that's what NatGeo writer Mark Jenkins did in his latest post on the NatGeo blog. Thanks Mark!

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Hilaree on Life as a Mom on a Mountain

Posted on May 5th, 2012 by Admin

Check out this Outside magazine interview with Hilaree on her life as a mother and mountain climber. She mentions Mayo's team about two-thirds into the interview in her response to the question on down time at base camp.

Moonrise over Kumbu with Nupse at right

And here are some late photos from base camp. Latest word is the crew will begin packing up and heading back, while the climbers will remain wearing their recording devices for summiting, which will be in perhaps another week or so.

Alex and Bruce trekking through the Kumbu ice field

Dispatch from the Field (extra)

Posted on May 5th, 2012 by Admin

Conducting medical research in the field can take lots of improvising: equipment can fail, power is often a big question mark and weather can play havoc with your work.

Still, there are those that see the whole world as a lab.  In the picture below, researcher Alex Kasak works with urine samples at the dinner table at base camp on Mount Everest.  Think that's dedication?  On the trek up he was doing the same thing on his bed.


Dispatch from the Field 5-5-12

Posted on May 5th, 2012 by Admin

From Joel Streed, Mayo Clinic News Network

Not even a fresh coating of snow could slow the team down this morning as they began what looks to be the last day of field testing.

Dr. Amine Issa undergoing testing with Alex Kasak

With the climbers in a holding mode, waiting for conditions to improve on the mountain there’s really no new data to be pulled from them. And with our two research subjects from The North Face getting ready to leave base camp, it looks like our team will be leaving a few days early as well.

So today was a long day of running everyone through the paces before packing began. We arrived with over 600 kilos of equipment packed into 10 large cases and a number of other large duffle bags, and that doesn’t include personal gear.

The hope is to finish up packing in the morning and then begin a 3-day trek back to Lukla and catching a flight to Kathmandu. Hopefully we’ll be able to update along the way.