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VivoMetrics' LifeShirt Going to South Pole to Uncover Clues to High-Altitude Illness
Date:10/8/2007

- Mayo Clinic researcher Bruce Johnson seeks insights into chronic illnesses, including heart failure and COPD, from extreme environment

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VENTURA, Calif., Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- VivoMetrics announced today that noted researcher Bruce D. Johnson, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Mayo College of Medicine, will be taking the VivoMetrics LifeShirt(R) System to the South Pole to collect valuable data for his ongoing research to uncover clues to altitude illness. Dr. Johnson will also use the extremely harsh and lower oxygen environments found in Antarctica to understand the body's response in chronic diseases where hypoxia (low oxygen) is a factor, such as chronic heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Dr. Johnson's research project, which is titled "Altitude Symptoms at the South Pole, ASAP," is part of a three-year study funded by the National Science Foundation ("NSF"). NSF operates a station at the South Pole and thus depends upon its researchers to perform well at high altitude and in the extreme temperatures and low humidity of Antarctica. The study began in October 2006 and the upcoming departure on October 13 will mark the second year of data collection using the LifeShirt. Dr. Johnson and his research team from the Mayo Clinic expect to spend up to six weeks in the extreme environment.

Altitude illness can be debilitating for anyone who travels, especially those who work or enjoy sports such as snow skiing or hiking in mountainous regions. Yet clues as to why some people are affected by altitude illness while others are not have eluded researchers.

"The LifeShirt enables us to capture real-time data in an extreme environment so that we can understand and quantify the body's physiological response in people with altitude illness," said Dr. Johnson. "We hope to begin to uncover similarities in acclimation or possible genetic markers that can tell us who will likely h
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