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Ill Effects on Paraspinal Muscles: Astronauts Who Spend Several Months on Spaceflight are Affected

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."

In-flight Medical Emergencies: Report Provide Advice

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.