Health

NASA’S LANDMARK TWIN STUDY REVEALS RESILIENCE OF HUMAN BODY IN SPACE

Results from NASA’s landmark Twins Study, which took place from 2015-2016, were published this past week in Science. The integrated paper — encompassing work from 10 research teams — reveals some interesting, surprising and reassuring data about how one human body adapted to — and recovered from — the extreme environment of space. The Twins […]

NASA RESEARCHERS CATALOGUE ALL MICROBES AND FUNGI ON THE ISS

A comprehensive catalogue of the bacteria and fungi found on surfaces inside the International Space Station (ISS) is being presented in a study published in the open access journal Microbiome. Knowledge of the composition of the microbial and fungal communities on the ISS can be used to develop safety measures for NASA for long-term space […]

TESTING THE VALUE OF ARTIFICIAL GRAVITY FOR ASTRONAUT HEALTH

Test subjects in Cologne, Germany will take to their beds for 60 days from 25 March as part of a groundbreaking study, funded by European Space Agency ESA and US space agency NASA, into how artificial gravity could help astronauts stay healthy in space. Carried out at the German Aerospace Center’s (DLR) :envihab facility, the […]

DORMANT VIRUSES ACTIVATE DURING SPACEFLIGHT — NASA INVESTIGATES

Herpes viruses reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, according to NASA research published in Frontiers in Microbiology. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk on missions to Mars and beyond. NASA’s rapid […]

BRAIN CONDITION RELATED TO LONG-TERM SPACEFLIGHTS NEEDS MORE ATTENTION, DATA

More people today are poised to explore space than ever before; those who do will experience the effects of microgravity on the human body. Recognizing the need for more data related to those effects, Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) neuroradiologist Donna Roberts, M.D., and co-author Lonnie G. Petersen, M.D.,Ph.D., University of California San Diego, […]

PROLONGED SPACEFLIGHT COULD WEAKEN ASTRONAUTS’ IMMUNE SYSTEMS

NASA hopes to send humans to Mars by the 2030s on a round-trip mission that could take up to three years – far longer than any human has ever traveled in space. Such long-term spaceflights could adversely affect certain cells in the immune systems of astronauts, according to a new study led by University of […]

Axiom Space And Danish Aerospace Company To Collaborate On Astronauts’ Next-Gen Health Monitoring Technology

Commercial space station developer Axiom Space (Axiom) and Danish Aerospace Company (DAC), creator of astronauts’ wearables and other health monitoring devices, announced a collaboration to develop and test next-generation human performance monitoring and exercise technology for use in space. The two companies signed a cooperative agreement to test DAC-made systems on upcoming Axiom human spaceflights […]

ISS MICROBES SHOULD BE MONITORED TO AVOID THREAT TO ASTRONAUT HEALTH

Strains of the bacterium Enterobacter, similar to newly found opportunistic infectious organisms seen in a few hospital settings, have been identified on the International Space Station (ISS). The strains found in space were not pathogenic to humans, but researchers believe they should be studied for potential health implications for future missions, according to a study […]

WEB VISION TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES THE VISION FOR MARS PROJECT TO HELP NASA PROTECT THE VISUAL HEALTH OF ASTRONAUTS

Web Vision Technologies is working closely with National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) to develop an “All-in-One” vision testing (diagnostic) device that can be deployed on spacecraft to do comprehensive vision testing, evaluation, and to guide medical interventions of astronauts experiencing vision problems on future long-duration, deep space missions. There is limited room for vision testing […]

CHANGE IN ASTRONAUT’S GUT BACTERIA ATTRIBUTED TO SPACEFLIGHT

Northwestern University researchers studying the gut bacteria of Scott and Mark Kelly, NASA astronauts and identical twin brothers, as part of a unique human study have found that changes to certain gut “bugs” occur in space. The Northwestern team is one of 10 NASA-funded research groups studying the Kelly twins to learn how living in […]

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