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Woman Gets Sick on Hike. She Was Dead 9 Hours Later

Mom says Susanna DeForest, 20, died of acute altitude sickness

(Newser) - A 20-year-old woman with no known previous medical issues died during a hike with friends after apparently suffering acute altitude sickness. The Times Herald reports Susanna DeForest of Pennsylvania was hiking with three friends in Colorado. They left Thursday afternoon on a hike to Conundrum Hot Springs in the Rocky... More »

Everest Victim Wanted to Prove 'Vegans Can Do Anything'

Maria Strydom succumbed to altitude sickness near the summit

(Newser) - A fourth person has died on Mount Everest, and further details about the deaths are slowly emerging. Subhash Paul of India was being assisted overnight Sunday by Sherpa guides during a descent when he died of altitude sickness, the AP reports. Dutch climber Eric Arnold passed away Friday of the... More »

Key to Mountain States' 'Suicide Belt': Thin Air?

Researchers say hypoxia is a 'distinct risk factor' for depression

(Newser) - The suicide rate in the American West—Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming—is roughly 1.5 times higher than in the rest of the nation (18-plus suicides per 100,000 people compared to 12.5), earning it the morbid moniker "the Suicide Belt."... More »

Tibetans' Genetic Edge Didn't Come From Homo Sapiens

High-altitude fitness hails from an extinct hominid cousin, the Denisovans

(Newser) - Tibetans are largely unique among humans for their ability to live comfortably at high altitudes. The Tibetan Plateau, nicknamed the "roof of the world," stands an average of 15,000 feet above sea level. That's just shy of 3 miles—making it the highest plateau on the... More »

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