Latest Space medicine Stories

spaceflight for the average joe
2014-09-22 03:00:28

Donna Ramirez, University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston UTMB research shows average people healthy enough for commercial space travel Historically, spaceflight has been reserved for the very healthy. Astronauts are selected for their ability to meet the highest physical and psychological standards to prepare them for any unknown challenges. However, with the advent of commercial spaceflight, average people can now fly for enjoyment. The aerospace medicine community has had very...

2014-04-16 16:30:16

HOUSTON, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The EyeBox(CNS),( )a diagnostic device developed to assess brain health through tracking eye movement, and eFormulations, software enabled therapeutics which combine prescription medicines with customized software apps for brain-related conditions, have both been funded for further development by the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI). http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130611/DC29942LOGO EyeBox(CNS),...

2014-04-15 12:21:23

HOUSTON, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- How does space travel affect your health? What does an astronaut aboard the International Space Station (ISS) have in common with a scientist that is wintering over in Antarctica? http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130611/DC29942LOGO These and many other questions were answered by current and former astronauts during a recent visit by nearly 200 students to the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) headquarters...

2014-03-04 08:21:41

New technologies and research to be featured at Capitol Visitor Center March 5 HOUSTON, March 4, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- How does a new app help keep astronauts vigilant while in space and long-haul truck drivers alert on our nation's highways? http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20130611/DC29942LOGO This topic and others will be featured at the U.S. Capitol in exhibits of scientific, technical and career development achievements funded by the National Space Biomedical Research...

Students from Kings College London, UK, wearing the 'Skinsuit' as subjects for a functional evaluation study
2014-01-11 03:58:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Far from being a fashion statement, the European Space Agency (ESA) has unveiled the Skinsuit, which is scientifically designed to mitigate some of the negative effects weightlessness has on the body. In the weightlessness of space, bone and muscle wither as microgravity puts very little strain on these tissues. Some astronauts have been known to grow nearly 3 inches as their spines lengthen in this environment. Many astronauts also...

Sleeping On The Space Station Requires A Strict Routine, Schedule
2014-01-07 03:37:25

[ Watch the Video: How To Give An Astronaut A Good Night's Sleep ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While astronauts are not immune to sleep deprivation, those aboard the International Space Station (ISS) take measures to try and find a regular sleeping pattern. Earth helps provide nature’s cues on when to sleep by rotating, creating sunrises and sunsets. However, in space, astronauts experience 16 sunrises and sunsets every 24 hours, so a pattern must be...

Jet Pilots High Altitude Brain Lesions
2013-08-20 13:23:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A study published in the journal Neurology found that high altitudes may increase the risk of brain lesions. Researchers reported that pilots who fly at high altitudes for extended periods of time are more likely to have brain lesions than non-pilots. The team performed MRI brain scans on 102 U-2 United States Air Force pilots and 91 non-pilots between the ages of 26 and 50. During the scans, the scientists measured the amount of white...

Medicals For Space Travel
2012-12-14 21:51:05

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online As private companies, like Virgin Galactic, race to send travelers into space, the medical community must begin to address the hazards of both an actual trip into orbit and the ramifications upon return for the average person. With these unprecedented situations looming just over the horizon for medical professionals, a group of Canadian and U.S. scientists have published a paper on the subject in the Christmas edition of the...

Word of the Day
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.