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May 29th, 2012

"What Everest Teaches About Disease" – WSJ

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Kudos to Shirley Wang for her article in today’s Wall St. Journal on the Mayo Everest expedition. Page D3 in the print edition, here’s the online story.

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, Mount Everest, National Geographic, physiology, The North Face


May 28th, 2012

The Why of Researching on Everest

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Dr. Bruce Johnson explains about researching in extreme environments: Our research laboratory has a long history of studying the limits of human performance and human adaptation in extreme environments. This has a number of practical applications, such as the deployment of troops to these environments (like Afghanistan – cold, high and dry) or workers that […]

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Tags: altitude research, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest, National Geographic, physiology, research education, science education, The North Face


May 24th, 2012

Summit Expected This Evening

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The North Face/NatGeo Everest team is now climbing the last leg of the ascent of the highest peak in the world. They left camp 4…and are estimated to summit about 7 pm Central Time tonight. Check out the latest from writer Mark Jenkins at the NatGeo blog. All are wearing monitors that are recording their position […]

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Tags: altitude research, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest, National Geographic, North Face


May 24th, 2012

"After" Tests Now Underway

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With many experiments it boils down to a “before” and an “after” — today was the after experience for North Face’s Derek Campbell and Mayo’s Joel Streed. They were both back in the lab on Mayo’s Rochester campus running through the same bank of tests they did before leaving for Everest over a month ago. […]

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest, National Geographic, North Face, physiology


May 21st, 2012

What is the Death Zone?

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Another in our series on the science of the expedition, Dr. Jim McEachen, Mayo Clinic aerospace medicine fellow provides background [Editor’s note: this was written before the most recent deaths]  In 1998, the popular PBS series Nova reported an ominous piece of data.  For every six successful summits on Everest, one person will die.  The show was following […]

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest, mountain climbing, physiology


May 21st, 2012

Tragic news from Everest, but Team Begins Ascent

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At this writing the deaths of four climbers from various expeditions have been confirmed and a fifth climber remains missing on the upper levels of Mount Everest. The French news service lists the climbers as originating from China, Canada, South Korea and Germany.  The news stories attribute the deaths to complications from altitude sickness and […]

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest


May 20th, 2012

Tales from Everest

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We had the pleasure of sitting in on Edie Grossfield’s Post-Bulletin interview with Amine and Bryan. Some untold stories were told and a good deal of the team’s personality came through. The team is watching for news of the Everest ascent which is set to begin tomorrow from base camp. Clearly the weather is being cooperative […]

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest, physiology


May 17th, 2012

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema

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One in a series of articles on the science of the expedition, this by Doug Summerfield, M.D. and Bryan Taylor, Ph.D. One interesting, and potentially very dangerous, component of Mountain Sickness is the development of High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE). HAPE occurs in ~6% of those who travel to altitudes above 14,000 feet and is […]

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, HAPE, high altitude pulmonary edema, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest, pulmonary edema


May 16th, 2012

Everest Ascent planned for 25th

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National Geographic and North Face have announced the decision to abandon the planned ascent on the West Ridge of Everest due to bad conditions. Conrad Anker, head of the expedition, hopes to climb with the team going up the Southeast Ridge. That group will leave base camp on the 21st, hoping to summit on the […]

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Tags: altitude research, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest, National Geographic, North Face, physiology


May 15th, 2012

Reflections of Climbers on Research

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Research is continuing on the Everest climb. Yes, the Mayo team is back in Minnesota, but now the data crunching begins as equipment is being retrieved via one shipping outlet  or another on its way back from Nepal. At least two manuscripts will be started almost immediately. Back on Everest, the climbers have a two-week […]

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Tags: altitude research, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest, National Geographic, North Face, physiology


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