A Squirrel Monkey Behavioral Model for Human Acute Mountain Sickness,
ARMY RESEARCH INST OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE NATICK MASS
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The research determined if squirrel monkey SM behavioral changes at altitude are a model for human acute mountain sickness AMS. Two monkeys were studied at 0, 3700, 4000, and 4300 m in chambers instrumented for continuous measurement of climbing and chamber location. Food and water consumption and body weight were measured daily. All measures were incrementally sensitive to altitude levels and their time courses resembled that for human AMS. In another study, behavioral changes at altitude were minimal when a treatment regime beneficial for man was investigated. Thus, SM behaviors at altitude appear a promising model for the evaluation of prophylactic strategies and study of human AMS.
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