Everest climbers in test for keys to heart treatment

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Everest climbers in test for keys to heart treatment
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Japanese mountaineer Takako Arayama, 70, leads other climbers on the way to the top of Mount Everest May 17, 2006.

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KATHMANDU | Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:08am EDT

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – A team of U.S. scientists departed on Friday to conduct research on Mount Everest climbers in an effort to further knowledge of the cardiovascular system at extreme altitudes and help improve treatment for heart and lung patients.

Bruce Johnson, a consultant on cardiovascular diseases at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and leader of the group, said the study subjects will be a U.S. team that plans to replicate the first 1963 ascent of the mountain by a U.S. team.

That expedition put five U.S. climbers on the summit, two climbing the difficult and then-untested West Ridge…………… continues on Reuters

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GRAND RAPIDS — When you ask David Buth if his “Summer Journey” program is just another summer camp, the tall, lanky, mountain-climbing adventurer is likely to answer: “No. It’s way more than that.”

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His high school and middle school students travel west to study field ecology, wildlife biology, volcanoes, mountain climbing and yoga.

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“These kids learn firsthand from people who know first-hand,” Buth said. “They study wolves at sunrise in Yellowstone, climb in the Grand Tetons, tour caves and get involved with international bird-banding projects.

“They develop rich connections with each other — the kind of connection that comes when you climb a mountain with 10 people who have your back.”

Alice Hanlon, of Ada, was one of those West Michigan students. She traveled with Buth on his…………… continues on The Flint Journal – MLive.com

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