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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920669/the-neurovestibular-challenges-of-astronauts-and-balance-patients-some-past-countermeasures-and-two-alternative-approaches-to-elicitation-assessment-and-mitigation
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Ben D Lawson, Angus H Rupert, Braden J McGrath
Astronauts and vestibular patients face analogous challenges to orientation function due to adaptive exogenous (weightlessness-induced) or endogenous (pathology-induced) alterations in the processing of acceleration stimuli. Given some neurovestibular similarities between these challenges, both affected groups may benefit from shared research approaches and adaptation measurement/improvement strategies. This article reviews various past strategies and introduces two plausible ground-based approaches, the first of which is a method for eliciting and assessing vestibular adaptation-induced imbalance...
2016: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919335/cataractogenesis-following-high-let-radiation-exposure
#2
Nobuyuki Hamada, Tatsuhiko Sato
Biological effectiveness of ionizing radiation differs with its linear energy transfer (LET) such that high-LET radiation is more effective for various biological endpoints than low-LET radiation. Human exposure to high-LET radiation occurs in cancer patients, nuclear workers, aviators, astronauts and other space travellers. From the radiation protection viewpoint, the ocular lens is among the most radiosensitive tissues in the body, and cataract (a clouding of the normally transparent lens) is classified as tissue reactions (formerly called nonstochastic or deterministic effects) with a threshold below which no effect would occur...
October 2016: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907194/preservation-of-multiple-mammalian-tissues-to-maximize-science-return-from-ground-based-and-spaceflight-experiments
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Sungshin Choi, Hami E Ray, San-Huei Lai, Joshua S Alwood, Ruth K Globus
BACKGROUND: Even with recent scientific advancements, challenges posed by limited resources and capabilities at the time of sample dissection continue to limit the collection of high quality tissues from experiments that can be conducted only infrequently and at high cost, such as in space. The resources and time it takes to harvest tissues post-euthanasia, and the methods and duration of long duration storage, potentially have negative impacts on sample quantity and quality, thereby limiting the scientific outcome that can be achieved...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883068/-cerebellar-contribution-to-visuo-attentional-alpha-rhythm-insights-from-weightlessness
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A M Cebolla, M Petieau, B Dan, L Balazs, J McIntyre, G Cheron
Human brain adaptation in weightlessness follows the necessity to reshape the dynamic integration of the neural information acquired in the new environment. This basic aspect was here studied by the electroencephalogram (EEG) dynamics where oscillatory modulations were measured during a visuo-attentional state preceding a visuo-motor docking task. Astronauts in microgravity conducted the experiment in free-floating aboard the International Space Station, before the space flight and afterwards. We observed stronger power decrease (~ERD: event related desynchronization) of the ~10 Hz oscillation from the occipital-parietal (alpha ERD) to the central areas (mu ERD)...
November 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881872/in-vitro-and-in-vivo-assessment-of-direct-effects-of-simulated-solar-and-galactic-cosmic-radiation-on-human-hematopoietic-stem-progenitor-cells
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C Rodman, G Almeida-Porada, S George, J Moon, S Soker, T Pardee, M Beaty, P Guida, S P Sajuthi, C D Langefeld, S J Walker, P F Wilson, C D Porada
Future deep space missions to Mars and near-Earth asteroids will expose astronauts to chronic solar energetic particles (SEP) and galactic cosmic ray (GCR) radiation, and likely one or more solar particle events (SPEs). Given the inherent radiosensitivity of hematopoietic cells and short latency period of leukemias, space radiation-induced hematopoietic damage poses a particular threat to astronauts on extended missions. We show that exposing human hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSC) to extended mission-relevant doses of accelerated high-energy protons and iron ions: 1) introduces mutations that are frequently located within genes involved in hematopoiesis and are distinct from those induced by γ-radiation; 2) dramatically reduces in vitro colony-formation; 3) markedly alters engraftment and lineage commitment in vivo; and 4) leads to the development, in vivo, of what appears to be T-ALL...
November 24, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876887/high-energy-particle-radiation-associated-oncogenic-transformation-in-normal-mice-insight-into-the-connection-between-activation-of-oncotargets-and-oncogene-addiction
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Natarajan Aravindan, Sheeja Aravindan, Krishnan Manickam, Mohan Natarajan
Concerns on high-energy particle radiation-induced tumorigenic transformation of normal tissue in astronauts, and in cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy, emphasizes the significance of elucidating the mechanisms involved in radiogenic transformation processes. Mostly used genetically modified or tumor-prone models are less reliable in determining human health risk in space or protracted post-treatment normal tissue toxicity. Here, in wild type C57BL/6 mice, we related the deregulation of distinctive set of tissue-specific oncotargets in major organs upon (56)Fe (600 MeV/amu; 0...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865670/radiation-damage-to-neuronal-cells-simulating-the-energy-deposition-and-water-radiolysis-in-a-small-neural-network
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Oleg V Belov, Munkhbaatar Batmunkh, Sébastien Incerti, Oidov Lkhagva
Radiation damage to the central nervous system (CNS) has been an on-going challenge for the last decades primarily due to the issues of brain radiotherapy and radiation protection for astronauts during space travel. Although recent findings revealed a number of molecular mechanisms associated with radiation-induced impairments in behaviour and cognition, some uncertainties exist in the initial neuronal cell injury leading to the further development of CNS malfunction. The present study is focused on the investigation of early biological damage induced by ionizing radiations in a sample neural network by means of modelling physico-chemical processes occurring in the medium after exposure...
November 16, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843335/incidence-of-clinical-symptoms-during-long-duration-orbital-spaceflight
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Brian Crucian, Adriana Babiak-Vazquez, Smith Johnston, Duane L Pierson, C Mark Ott, Clarence Sams
BACKGROUND: The environment of spaceflight may elevate an astronaut's clinical risk for specific diseases. The purpose of this study was to derive, as accurately as currently possible, an assessment of in-flight clinical "incidence" data, based on observed clinical symptoms in astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS). METHODS: Electronic medical records were examined from 46 long-duration ISS crew members, each serving approximately a 6-month mission on board the ISS, constituting 20...
2016: International Journal of General Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842603/simulated-partners-and-collaborative-exercise-space-to-boost-motivation-for-astronauts-study-protocol
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Deborah L Feltz, Lori Ploutz-Snyder, Brian Winn, Norbert L Kerr, James M Pivarnik, Alison Ede, Christopher Hill, Stephen Samendinger, William Jeffery
BACKGROUND: Astronauts may have difficulty adhering to exercise regimens at vigorous intensity levels during long space missions. Vigorous exercise is important for aerobic and musculoskeletal health during space missions and afterwards. A key impediment to maintaining vigorous exercise is motivation. Finding ways to motivate astronauts to exercise at levels necessary to mitigate reductions in musculoskeletal health and aerobic capacity have not been explored. The focus of Simulated Partners and Collaborative Exercise (SPACE) is to use recently documented motivation gains in task groups to heighten the exercise experience for participants, similar in age and fitness to astronauts, for vigorous exercise over a 6-month exercise regimen...
November 14, 2016: BMC Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27829076/do-apollo-astronaut-deaths-shine-a-light-on-deep-space-radiation-and-cardiovascular-disease
#10
Jennifer Abbasi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 9, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824449/transient-weakening-of-earth-s-magnetic-shield-probed-by-a-cosmic-ray-burst
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P K Mohanty, K P Arunbabu, T Aziz, S R Dugad, S K Gupta, B Hariharan, P Jagadeesan, A Jain, S D Morris, B S Rao, Y Hayashi, S Kawakami, A Oshima, S Shibata, S Raha, P Subramanian, H Kojima
The GRAPES-3 tracking muon telescope in Ooty, India measures muon intensity at high cutoff rigidities (15-24 GV) along nine independent directions covering 2.3 sr. The arrival of a coronal mass ejection on 22 June 2015 18:40 UT had triggered a severe G4-class geomagnetic storm (storm). Starting 19:00 UT, the GRAPES-3 muon telescope recorded a 2 h high-energy (∼20  GeV) burst of galactic cosmic rays (GCRs) that was strongly correlated with a 40 nT surge in the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF)...
October 21, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817217/spaceflight-induced-changes-in-the-human-proteome
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Alexey S Kononikhin, Natalia L Starodubtseva, Lyudmila Kh Pastushkova, Daria N Kashirina, Kristina Yu Fedorchenko, Alexander G Brhozovsky, Igor A Popov, Irina M Larina, Evgeny N Nikolaev
Spaceflight is one of the most extreme conditions encountered by humans: Individuals are exposed to radiation, microgravity, hypodynamia, and will experience isolation. A better understanding of the molecular processes induced by these factors may allow us to develop personalized countermeasures to minimize risks to astronauts. Areas covered: This review is a summary of literature searches from PubMed, NASA, Roskosmos and the authors' research experiences and opinions. The review covers the available proteomic data on the effects of spaceflight factors on the human body, including both real space missions and ground-based model experiments...
November 21, 2016: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815023/comparative-analysis-of-the-serum-proteome-for-biomarker-discovery-to-reveal-hepatotoxicity-induced-by-iron-ion-radiation-in-mice
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Hongyan Li, Yuxuan He, Cuixia Di, Jiawei Yan, Hong Zhang
AIMS: Proteomic analysis of serum biomarkers to determine liver toxicity after exposure to cosmic radiation has not been performed previously. This study was to identify serum biomarkers associated with hepatotoxicity following exposure to iron ion radiation. MAIN METHODS: Male mice were whole-body irradiated with a 2grayunit (Gy) iron ion beam, and after 3months, serum and liver samples were collected. Two-dimensional electrophoresis was used to separate the identified serum proteins, and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization tandem mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-TOF) was performed to identify differentially abundant proteins...
November 1, 2016: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805298/telestroke-imaging-a-review
#14
Fahad J Laghari, Maxim D Hammer
The use of telecommunications technology to provide the healthcare services, telemedicine, has been in use since the 1860s. The use of technology has ranged from providing medical care to far-off places during wartimes to monitoring physiological measurements of astronauts in space. Since the 1990s, reports have been published on diagnoses of neurological diseases with the use of video links. Studies confirm that the neurological examinations, including the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, performed during teleneurology are dependable...
November 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779953/communication-delays-impact-behavior-and-performance-aboard-the-international-space-station
#15
Natalie M Kintz, Lawrence A Palinkas
INTRODUCTION: Long-duration space explorations will involve significant communication delays that will likely impact individual and team outcomes. However, the extent of these impacts and the appropriate countermeasures for their mitigation remain largely unknown. This study examined the feasibility and acceptability of utilizing the International Space Station (ISS) as a research platform to assess the impacts of communication delays on individual and team behavior and performance. METHODS: For this study, 3 ISS crewmembers and 18 mission support personnel performed 10 tasks identified by subject matter experts as meeting study criteria, 6 tasks without a delay in communication and 4 tasks with a 50-s one-way delay...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779952/psychometric-personality-differences-between-candidates-in-astronaut-selection
#16
Justin M Mittelstädt, Yvonne Pecena, Viktor Oubaid, Peter Maschke
INTRODUCTION: This paper investigates personality traits as potential factors for success in an astronaut selection by comparing personality profiles of unsuccessful and successful astronaut candidates in different phases of the ESA selection procedure. It is further addressed whether personality traits could predict an overall assessment rating at the end of the selection. METHODS: In 2008/2009, ESA performed an astronaut selection with 902 candidates who were either psychologically recommended for mission training (N = 46) or failed in basic aptitude (N = 710) or Assessment Center and interview testing (N = 146)...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779600/lumbar-spine-paraspinal-muscle-and-intervertebral-disc-height-changes-in-astronauts-after-long-duration-spaceflight-on-the-international-space-station
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D G Chang, R M Healey, A J Snyder, J V Sayson, B R Macias, D G Coughlin, J F Bailey, S E Parazynski, J C Lotz, A R Hargens
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case series. OBJECTIVE: Evaluate lumbar paraspinal muscle (PSM) cross-sectional area and intervertebral disc (IVD) height changes induced by a 6-month space mission on the International Space Station (ISS). The long-term objective of this project is to promote spine health and prevent spinal injury during space missions as well as here on Earth. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND: NASA crewmembers have a 4.3 times higher risk of herniated IVDs, compared to the general and military aviator populations...
October 25, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776994/combined-effects-of-antiorthostatic-suspension-and-ionizing-radiation-on-the-behaviour-and-neurotransmitters-changes-in-different-brain-structures-of-rats
#18
V S Kokhan, M I Matveeva, A S Bazyan, V S Kudrin, A Mukhametov, A S Shtemberg
Space flight factors (SFF) significantly affect the operating activity of astronauts during deep space missions. In contrast to an orbital flight, leaving the Earth's magnetic field is fraught with the dangers of exposure to ionizing radiation and more specifically, the high-energy nuclei component of galactic cosmic rays. Microgravity, just another critical non-radiation factor, significantly affects the normal functioning of the CNS. Some morphological structures of the brain, such as the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus, that are rich in monoaminergic and acetylcholinergic neurones, are the most sensitive to the effects of ionizing radiation and non-radiation spaceflight factors (SFF)...
October 21, 2016: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776477/short-and-long-term-effects-of-56-fe-irradiation-on-cognition-and-hippocampal-dna-methylation-and-gene-expression
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Soren Impey, Timothy Jopson, Carl Pelz, Amanuel Tafessu, Fatema Fareh, Damian Zuloaga, Tessa Marzulla, Lara-Kirstie Riparip, Blair Stewart, Susanna Rosi, Mitchell S Turker, Jacob Raber
BACKGROUND: Astronauts are exposed to (56)Fe ions that may pose a significant health hazard during and following prolonged missions in deep space. We showed previously that object recognition requiring the hippocampus, a structure critical for cognitive function, is affected in 2-month-old mice irradiated with (56)Fe ions. Here we examined object recognition in 6-month-old mice irradiated with (56)Fe ions, a biological age more relevant to the typical ages of astronauts. Moreover, because the mechanisms mediating the detrimental effects of (56)Fe ions on hippocampal function are unclear, we examined changes in hippocampal networks involved in synaptic plasticity and memory, gene expression, and epigenetic changes in cytosine methylation (5mC) and hydroxymethylation (5hmC) that could accompany changes in gene expression...
October 24, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756690/risk-of-defeats-in-the-central-nervous-system-during-deep-space-missions
#20
REVIEW
Viktor S Kokhan, Marina I Matveeva, Azat Mukhametov, Andrey S Shtemberg
Space flight factors (SFF) significantly affect the operating activity of astronauts during deep space missions. Gravitational overloads, hypo-magnetic field and ionizing radiation are the main SFF that perturb the normal activity of the central nervous system (CNS). Acute and chronic CNS risks include alterations in cognitive abilities, reduction of motor functions and behavioural changes. Multiple experimental works have been devoted to the SFF effects on integrative functional activity of the brain; however, the model parameters utilized have not always been ideal and consistent...
December 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
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