China establishes high-altitude illness database
BEIJING, Nov 05, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China has set up a database of acute
high-altitude illnesses that is world leading in terms of the number,
variety, and source distribution of samples, the People's Liberation
Army (PLA) Daily reported on Tuesday.
The database was established by Xinqiao Hospital of the Third
Military Medical University in southwest China's Chongqing, the
The 20,000-strong set of body function data and blood samples was
collected by more than 60 doctors and professors from the hospital
who had been monitoring people traveling from the Chengdu Plain to
the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in various vehicles since 2011.
The database features extensive distributions with samples
collected at an elevation of as high as over 6,100 meters.
The database will facilitate research in dramatically reducing the
morbidity and fatality of acute high-altitude illnesses, according to
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