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Smiths Medical: British children in Mt Everest study

19th March 2007

Smiths Medical has announced the initiation of a medical study investigating the treatments for children with sleep and breathing problems, in addition to those who are critically ill.

The company reports that nine healthy British children aged six to 13 will travel to Mount Everest as part of the Smiths Medical Young Everest Study (SMYES) to investigate the effects of a low-oxygen atmosphere on young patients.

Doctors from the Institute of Child Health at University College London (UCL) and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children are conducting the Smiths Medical-supported study which aims to develop treatment to improve the quality of life and chances of survival of children with lung diseases and upset sleep patterns.

Janet Stocks, professor of respiratory Physiology at UCL, said: “The information gathered by the Smiths Medical Young Everest Study will provide important information about how children’s bodies cope and adapt in conditions of low oxygen.”

She noted that low oxygen levels are often found in sick children, including those born prematurely and those with heart abnormalities and chronic lung diseases.

In December 2006, Smiths Medical announced the launch of the acapella duet vibratory PEP therapy system for bronchial hygiene at the American Association for Respiratory Care International Respiratory Congress.

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