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Healthy volunteers are needed for a research study testing a combination of two drugs being evaluated as a potential treatment for high altitude sickness.

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in the study, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Males and females 18 to 40 years of age
  • Non-smokers for at least 12 months
  • No history of drug or alcohol abuse for the last two years

Study Requirements

Participation in the study required you to complete:

  • One outpatient screening visit
  • Seven days and six nights of confinement
  • One outpatient follow-up visit

All visits will take place at the Duke Clinical Research Unit, clinic 3N.

Qualified participants will be compensated.

For more information, contact Duke Clinical Research Unit at 919-613-6244.

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We Coloradans are lucky folks–we have a beautiful playground in our backyard. But there are certain concerns associated with being “Rocky Mountain High,” and altitude sickness, or acute mountain sickness, is one of them. Read More

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From Killmanjaro Journey’s

An Introduction to Acute Mountain Sickness, HACE, and HAPE

At Kilimanjaro Journeys we plan our approach very carefully to maximize acclimatization and minimize risk of serious altitude sickness.  However, it’s important to recognize that your journey to the summit  will bring you over 19,300 feet (5800 m).   This makes Kili, though non-technical, a very serious climb indeed.  Most climbers can expect to experience some symptoms of altitude illness during their climb. These can include  any or all of: headache, nausea, loss of appetite, breathing difficulty,  disorientation and general weakness.

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) is a spectrum of illness, from mild to life-threatening that typically manifests above 8,000 feet or 2,400 meters.

The faster you climb to a high altitude, the more likely you will get AMS. Your symptoms will also depend on the speed of your climb and how hard you exert yourself.  Fit young men and athletes often fall prey to AMS because they are motivated and/or accustomed to pushing past symptoms during physical exertion.   Over-exertion (racing up the hill) will greatly increase your chances of developing AMS, HACE, or HAPE.   In some ways, AMS is still a very poorly understood illness, but other known risk factors are living at sea level and a previous bout of AMS.

HACE (high altitude cerebral edema) and HAPE (high altitude pulmonary edema) are more severe conditions that can occur at altitude.  Both can result in permanent injury or death.

Kilimanjaro Journeys’ guides are experienced at altitude, have extensive experience recognizing and dealing with altitude illness, and are committed to maximizing your chances at a successful summit bid without jeopardizing your health.  A diagnosis of AMS, HACE, or HAPE will be treated with immediate descent.

For formal definitions of AMS, HACE, and HAPE, take a look at the Lake Louise Consensus.

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Altitude Sickness and Hypothermia- Don’t Take These Lightly!

Dressing appropriately and being aware of your condition can help prevent an unwanted medical condition when travelling in Colorado.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness occurs at high elevations when your body cannot get enough oxygen.  It can happen due to a sudden change in altitude such as going from sea level to 14,000+ feet (The top of Pikes Peak is 14,100′.)  I’ve seen statements where it can happen as low as 8,000′.  So, this condition is possible to happen if you arrive in Colorado Springs from a sea level origin and go directly to the top of Pikes Peak or another high mountain destination.

Here are some symptoms that I found on-line:

  • Headache – probably throbbing.
  • Sick to stomach up to and including vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Tired and/or weak
  • Might resemble hangover symptoms

Helpful Hint:  We have always been told how important it is to stay hydrated here in Colorado.  The air is very dry and one can get dehydrated quicker than you might think.  Be sure to drink fluids often.  We always have a couple of bottles of water in our vehicles and backpacks.

You might want to check on line with a site like Web MD for more information, or you can always talk to your doctor as to what steps need to be taken prior to and during travel to high altitude places.

Hypothermia

Hypothermia happens when your body gets so cold and it loses it heat more quickly than it can re-make it.  In the Rockies it can happen any time of the year.

Onset symptoms can include:

  • Main trunk of the body is cold
  • Stiff muscles
  • Pulse is slow
  • Shallow and slower breathing
  • Numbness in hands

What you can do:  Dress appropriately for cold conditions.  Strong winds can come in and temperatures can change dramatically in a very short period of time.

Altitude Sickness and Hypothermia are not urban myths!   These conditions can be very, very serious.  Be sure to do your homework and learn about both of these conditions before you head to the mountains.

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Altitude Sickness this is a very tipic and common Sickness that is caused for the lack of oxygen at very high altitude, called Hypoxia, commonly occurred beginning the 2400 meters over the sea level.

The cause of that illness is very hard to determine, due that depends of the physics state of the person that go at a very high altitude.

Symptoms
Like said before, the altitude sickness varied to the health of the person, the most common symptoms starts to the arrive at the place where the altitude is around 2000 meters above the sea level, and the person can feel this in just about 6 to 10 hours that his arrive.

The sickness is no longer the 2 days of feeling bad, and if continuous is because derived for a worse and complicated and serious condition.

The sickness is related to the velocity of ascent and the altitude reached. The atmospheric pressure drop with the altitude, what affects the bio-disponibility of oxygen, since the lungs is not able to transport the same quantity of oxygen to the pressure blood.

The Most Commons Symptoms Are
Dizziness
Headache.
Nausea and vomit.
Lack of appetite.
Physic exhaustion.
Sleeping disorders, that causes Insomnia.

Prevention and Treatment
The physical condition of the person does not determine and prevent the altitude sickness, given that this can occurred at a low 2500 meter above the sea level, and is known that the susceptibility is not proportional inverse to the age of the person, probably for the maturity of the nervous system.

Is not recommend that the person who suffers of that sickness take medicine or pills, to that is very useful do what doctors called acclimatization. Even you can do the acclimatization, the Altitude sickness can show at any time, also is very important maintain hydrated, drink at least 4, 5 liters of water, and keep rest the entire situation.

The Altitude Sickness in Machu Picchu
The person who suffers for this sickness is the tourist that arrives on a plane is more prone to get this sickness. The symptoms occurred at the first 48 hours.
Occasionally the doctors use many diagnosis tables, in wich made his appreciation general and clinical. The evaluation is to see how bad and serious the patient is.
Of all these tables the most used is the scale called Lake Louise, which is divided into a self-assessment questionnaire (subjective) and clinical assessment (objective). Both the questionnaire and clinical assessment, the term ¨serious¨ usually means ¨disabling¨.

Recommendations
When you arrive from the plane to Cusco, you must avoid heavy food or very seasoned.
Do not drink carbonated sodas, coffee, and cigarettes.
You must carry pills called coramina glucose, you put under your tongue, and you can feel a little better.
Drink daily abundant water and also infusion of herbs, to maintain an adequate and hydrated balance.
The coca leaf in infusion is very useful, a bunch of leafs with hot water, and maybe a twist of lemon prevent the altitude sickness.

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