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August 3rd, 2016

Mayo Clinic Takes Medical Research to Kilimanjaro

By Bob Nellis bobnellis

The core group of Mayo Clinic researchers that moved their lab to the base camp at Mount Everest to study heart disease and aging are at it again, this time in Africa. Along with a party of nearly 35, they will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, obtaining scientific data from the climbers along the way. Led by […]

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Tags: aging, altitude sickness, Amine Issa, Bruce Johnson, Kilimanjaro, physiology, research


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 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 10th, 2012

Dispatch from the Field (5-10-12)

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From Joel Streed, Mayo Clinic News Network Today is a day of organizing and hopefully a little relaxing.  After bringing more than 600 kilos of equipment to Mount Everest Basecamp, it’s time to make sure everything gets back home.  So the team will be going through everything, packing and repacking equipment and personal gear.  Later, […]

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


May 8th, 2012

Monitoring Climbers could help detect medical trends via devices

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Followers of this Everest blog are now familiar with our team, including Dr. Amine Issa. One of his jobs on the expedition was to work with the monitoring devices on the climbers. Before he left for Nepal, he recorded the chalk talk below for us to explain what they would be looking for in the […]

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, biotechnology, heart diseae, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest, remote monitoring


May 8th, 2012

Cognitive Game Testing for Everest Climbers

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One of the tests the Mayo research team conducted on Mount Everest was a series of cognitive tests, in particular, the use of a video game to evaluate mental clarity. Altitude can easily impact a person’s thinking without them knowing it. Before he left for Nepal, Dr. Amine Issa described the cognitive game and how […]

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Tags: altitude research, altitude sickness, cognitive function, computer game, Mayo Clinic, Mount Everest, physiology, research


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