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Studying Altitude Sickness with NIR Spectroscopy

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Headaches are a common symptom of altitude sickness. But they may not have to be. Researchers from University Hospital Frankfurt have turned to NIR spectroscopy to study ailments associated with altitude sickness, namely its tendency to reduce oxygen and blood flow to the brain, which often leads to headaches. The researchers monitored this in six people climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free-standing mountain range at 5895 meters (19,340 feet) above sea level. Using NIR spectroscopy, they monitored changes in the concentration of both oxygenated and...Read full article

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