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NEWS: FORECASTING FROM ONE’S BONES


Forecasting from One’s Bones

Anecdotal evidence points to a link between weather conditions and body aches; however, the medical community has yet to reach a consensus on the issue since studies have yielded mixed results. Data from one recent study suggest that increased humidity andbarometric pressure exacerbate joint pain and stiffness. For every 10% increase in humidity, osteoarthritissufferers experienced a 1-point increase in pain on the Western Ontario and McMasters University Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC). Similarly, for every 10-hectopascal increase in barometric pressure, WOMAC function scores worsened by a point. These effects are considered only moderate and not clinically significant. More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: TEST DEVELOPED TO PREDICT ALTITUDE SICKNESS VULNERABILITY


Test Developed to Predict Altitude Sickness Vulnerability

Most people who ascend to altitudes above 8,000 ft (2,400 m) gradually adapt to the reduced oxygen concentration and low atmospheric pressure, but some have a severe reaction that can be fatal unless they return to low altitude. Until now, there was no way of determining who would be vulnerable to altitude sickness, but researchers have developed a new test that seems to identify such individuals. At the moment, the test can only be administered after a person has spent at least four hours at high altitude, but the research team hopes to reduce this in the future. More… Discuss