Astronauts who spend several months on the International Space Station have significant reductions in the size and density of paraspinal muscles of the trunk after returning to Earth, reports to study in Spine. Some changes in muscle composition are still present up to four years after long-term spaceflight, according to the new research. Researchers write, "Spaceflight-induced changes in paraspinal muscle morphology may contribute to back pain commonly reported in astronauts."
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A new study has found that – despite its seemingly harsh conditions – the ISS is not causing bacteria to mutate into dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The bacteria are instead simply responding, and perhaps evolving, to survive in a stressful environment.
Researchers are developing the self-contained planters that will allow astronauts to grow food in space. Fresh food is so attractive to astronauts that they toasted with salad when they were able to cultivate a few lettuce heads on the International Space Station three years ago.
SpaceLife Origin, a new start-up based in Netherland, is looking to send a pregnant woman to space where she will give birth to her child. Dubbed as Mission Cradle , this daring endeavor to have a pregnant woman deliver her child at 250 miles above Earth under the care of a "trained" and "world-class medical team."
We all know the numbers – a person is more likely to die slipping in the shower or from a bee sting than they are to meet their maker in a plane crash. But that doesn't make aviophobia any easier to overcome
Physicians can play an important role during in-flight medical emergencies and can help prevent them through patient education, according to a review. "I recommend that any healthcare provider should feel comfortable providing medical assistance on board and know that resources such as the ground-based medical experts at UPMC are available to provide specific recommendations to the flight crew and healthcare volunteers," Dr. Christian Martin-Gill.
Just a few days after Canadian astronaut David Saint-Jacques launched to the International Space Station on Dec. 3, the first-time space flyer faced a considerable challenge: learning how his perception is altered by spaceflight.
Space travel exposes astronauts to forms of radiation that are uncommon on Earth, and that are linked to cancers and heart problems, but a US study suggests this does not significantly shorten their lives.
In the near future, crews will embark on multi-month missions to the Moon, and eventually Mars and beyond. All incredible adventures, however, have their hazards, and a major one for crews on long-duration spaceflights is the space radiation they will be exposed to during their missions.
In new research that delivers a blow to hopes of finding safe ways to send humans back to the moon or on to Mars, scientists have found that as little as a month in space can significantly depress the immune systems of mice, potentially making astronauts susceptible to ailments that their bodies would easily brush off on Earth.
At the European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) in The Netherlands, a two-day workshop on 3D bioprinting was held. The ESTEC is European Space Agency 's (ESA) primary research and test center for space technology.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced plans to launch another human-crewed lunar mission as well as several other ambitious deep space explorations sometime in the future.