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British team told to halt Everest medical research plans

British team told to halt Everest medical research plans

A British team has been ordered to halt plans to conduct medical research on Mount Everest because the team failed to apply for permission, officials said Sunday.
The team, called Xtreme Everest, sent a letter apologizing and saying it has suspended its plans to measure blood oxygen levels in humans at high altitudes, said the head of the Nepal Health Research Council, Dr. Sharad Wanta.
"We have told them to officially apply to the council with their research proposal," Wanta said.
The group had planned to study more than 200 volunteers as they climbed to higher altitudes on the mountain, according to its Web site.
It said the research would help in the treatment of intensive-care patients who have low oxygen levels.
Under Nepal's laws, permission is required from the council to conduct any research related to health, Wanta said.
"We are not against research in the health area that can be beneficial for all, but when anyone plans to conduct activities in a country they should at least abide by the laws of the land," Wanta said. "It is an international norm that researchers need to contact the local health council to conduct any research."
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On the Net:
http://www.xtreme-everest.co.uk