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'Mountain Madness' Found to Be a Real Psychosis

Posted 5 Jan 2018 by

FRIDAY, Jan. 5, 2018 – The "madness" mountain climbers often experience isn't a type of altitude sickness, as once thought, but rather an actual psychotic disorder, a new study suggests. The study authors explained that mountaineers can suddenly lose touch with reality. Some believe they're being chased. Others start talking to an imaginary person, or talk without making any sense. Now, ...

Don't Let High Altitude Ruin Your Holiday Trip

Posted 26 Nov 2014 by

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 26, 2014 – When you're planning your holiday get-away, don't forget to factor high altitude into your vacation sports – such as skiing or hiking, a sports medicine specialist cautions. Outdoor explorers may fail to take altitude into account when visiting high-altitude recreation areas, which puts them at risk of developing fatigue and other symptoms related to being high above ...

Brain Lesions More Common in High-Altitude Pilots, Study Finds

Posted 19 Aug 2013 by

MONDAY, Aug. 19 – Pilots of U.S. Air Force U-2 reconnaissance planes may be at risk of developing brain lesions, a new study suggests. America's involvement in two wars has increased the workload of U.S. airmen, and cases of decompression sickness – a potential hazard of high-altitude flying – have tripled over the past two decades, the researchers say. But this study suggests that U-2 pilots ...

Scientists ID Genes Behind Chronic Mountain Sickness

Posted 15 Aug 2013 by

THURSDAY, Aug. 15 – People who live at high altitudes and suffer from chronic mountain sickness may have their genes to thank, a new study finds. About 140 million people worldwide live permanently at high altitudes, where oxygen levels are low. Many of them have adapted to their environment, but others have chronic mountain sickness, characterized by heart attacks, strokes and lung problems at ...

Climbers With Altitude Sickness Show Signs of Brain Bleeds Years Later

Posted 29 Nov 2012 by

THURSDAY, Nov. 29 – Mountain climbers who develop a potentially fatal type of high-altitude sickness can have traces of bleeding in the brain long after they recover, according to a new German study. The study was expected to be presented Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, in Chicago. High-altitude cerebral edema is a condition that occurs when ...

Ibuprofen May Ward Off Altitude Sickness

Posted 20 Mar 2012 by

TUESDAY, March 20 – The anti-inflammatory and painkiller ibuprofen seems to reduce the risk of altitude sickness, according to a new study. Headache, fatigue, nausea, dizziness, vomiting and poor appetite are among the symptoms of altitude sickness, which affects more than 25 percent of Americans who travel to high elevations each year to ski, hike or camp. If unrecognized or untreated, altitude ...

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