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High flying pilots may be at increased risk of brain lesions
High flying pilots may be at increased risk of brain lesions (August 20, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From Texas - Pilots who fly at high altitudes may be at increased risk of brain lesions, according to a report published in Neurology. Researchers studied 100 US Air Force Pilots , as well as 90 non-pilots. Participants were between 26-50 years old, and underwent MRI brain scans. Results showed that pilots who flew at 18,000 feet had almost 4x the volume and 3x the amount of brain lesions as non-pilots. As well, the pilots lesions were distributed throughout the brain, while the non-pilots lesions were mostly in the frontal white matter--as occurs in normal aging.
 
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