Sickness study aiming high

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A STUDY of altitude sickness could help treat patients in intensive care.

Scientists hope that by gaining an insight into how climbers’ bodies respond to low oxygen, they will improve prospects for patients with a severe shortage of oxygen.

The idea is being discussed at an Edinburgh International Science Festival event at National Museum of Scotland.

Researchers led by 
Edinburgh University are setting up a database to collect information about high-altitude 
pulmonary oedema which causes fluid in the lungs.

Dr Ken Baillie said: “Understanding why some people are better able to acclimatise to high altitude than others, and what happens on a physiological level, could help inform research into treatments for intensive care patients who have low levels of oxygen in their blood.”