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Mental tasks 'impaired in the air'

Posted on 09/05/2013

David Gradwell, the UK’s first substantive Professor of Aerospace Medicine, has been interviewed by the BBC about the effects of high altitude on health. He argues that more research is needed to improve the advice given to air passengers regarding health matters such as jet lag and dehydration. He also advises against air passengers ‘making big decisions’, as mental tasks are known to be impaired at high altitude.

Professor Gradwell leads research at King’s in altitude physiology and the effects of both high performance flight on professional aircrew as well as the fitness of patients for more conventional air travel. He also coordinates postgraduate training opportunities in aviation medicine, which includes the only MSc programme of its kind in the UK.

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