A drug commonly used by high-altitude mountaineers and guides has shown promise as a treatment for Covid-19. Wikipedia photo.
In recent weeks, news of a promising new treatment for COVID-19 has been making the rounds in medical circles and even made it to the front page of the New York Times. No, it's not a malaria drug. It’s a corticosteroid called dexamethasone, and it has long been used both as emergency medicine and as a sort of performance enhancing drug by high altitude climbers. Dex, as the drug is often referred to colloquially, was said in a press release preceding official results of a clinical trial to have the ability to reduce COVID-19 deaths by a third for patients on ventilators and up to 20 percent on patients without intubation. In other words, dex could be a lifesaving treatment for patients in serious trouble from COVID-19. This was a promising result in the fight against the disease that has killed nearly half a million people around the world in the last few months.
For mountaineers and guides, using dex isn’t news. The inexpensive anti-inflammatory drug has been used by climbers preventatively before going to high altitude as it reduces brain swelling and can thus increase performance at altitude. Climbing Rangers in Denali use the drug to acclimatize quickly, and guides will often use the drug as an emergency medication to treat cerebral edema. The drug’s use is considered somewhat controversial in climbing circles, as it could be considered an unfair advantage.
Of course, the true effectiveness of the drug remains to be seen, as the official results of the 6000-person clinical trial have yet to be published and peer-reviewed.
Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows announced they are considering a name change. TGR photo. California’s Squaw Valley Resort announced it is considering renaming to delete the racist and sexist slur “Squaw” from its name, following the nationwide movement to remove symbols of racism and indigenous oppression. The Tahoe-area resort says it plans to enlist the help of local tribal leaders in ultimately making a decision on the matter. In a statement, the resort said, “As you likely know, the term
The bison charged the woman as she was trying to take a photo of it. Wikipedia photo. A woman was gored at Yellowstone National Park when she tried approaching a bison for a photo. Last Thursday, the 72-year-old woman was within 10 feet of the animal multiple times before it charged at her, goring her with its horns. The victim was flown to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center for further treatment for her sustained puncture wounds. In response the to incident, park biologists
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