Neurol India Home 

Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 8  |  Page : 176--181

Human health during space travel: An overview

Krishna Kandarpa1, Victor Schneider2, Krishnan Ganapathy3 
1 National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
2 Human Exploration and Operations/Space Life and Physical Sciences and Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer, NASA, Washington DC and Baylor College of Medicine/Center for Space Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA
3 Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Krishnan Ganapathy
Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation and Apollo Telehealth Services, Apollo Main Hospital, No. 21 Greams Lane, Off Greams Road, Chennai - 600 006, Tamil Nadu

This article reviews current challenges to health in space and has a secondary intention to set the tone for this special supplement on 'Extra-Terrestrial Neurosciences'. The effects of microgravity, radiation, isolation, disturbance in circadian rhythms and the hostile environment on the cardiovascular, neurological, immunological and various biological human systems are discussed here. Alterations in physiology, environmental hazards, and mitigative safety measures are briefly discussed along with challenges encountered in providing remote diagnoses and health care during space missions.

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Kandarpa K, Schneider V, Ganapathy K. Human health during space travel: An overview.Neurol India 2019;67:176-181

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Kandarpa K, Schneider V, Ganapathy K. Human health during space travel: An overview. Neurol India [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Aug 3 ];67:176-181
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