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   2019| May-June  | Volume 67 | Issue 8  
    Online since May 24, 2019

 
 
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COMMENTARY
Human health during space travel: An overview
Krishna Kandarpa, Victor Schneider, Krishnan Ganapathy
May-June 2019, 67(8):176-181
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259123  PMID:31134907
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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REVIEW ARTICLE
Space motion sickness: A common neurovestibular dysfunction in microgravity
Thais Russomano, Michele da Rosa, Marlise A dos Santos
May-June 2019, 67(8):214-218
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259127  PMID:31134912
This article presents a review of the current findings related to neurovestibular physiology, aetiology, and proposed theories on space motion sickness (SMS) during acute and sustained exposure to microgravity. The review discusses the available treatment options including medication and nonpharmacological countermeasure methods that help to prevent the development of SMS in weightlessness. Ground-based simulations using virtual reality, flight simulations, and Barany's chairs can be applied to study SMS and demonstrate its signs and symptoms to space crew members. Space motion sickness has been observed in approximately 70% of astronauts within the first 72 h in microgravity, having in general an instantaneous onset of signs and symptoms. Stomach discomfort, nausea, vomiting, pallor, cold sweating, salivation, tachypnoea, belching, fatigue, drowsiness, and stress hormone release have been documented. This can have detrimental effects on the well-being of astronauts in the initial phase of a space mission. Mental and physical performance may be affected, jeopardizing operational procedures and mission safety.
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Effects of microgravity and other space stressors in immunosuppression and viral reactivation with potential nervous system involvement
Vivek Mann, Alamelu Sundaresan, Satish K Mehta, Brian Crucian, Marie F Doursout, Sundar Devakottai
May-June 2019, 67(8):198-203
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259125  PMID:31134910
Space exploration exposes astronauts to a variety of gravitational stresses. Exposure to a reduced gravity environment affects human anatomy and physiology. Countermeasures to restore homeostatic states within the human body have begun. The pathophysiological effects of exposure to microgravity, on the neurological system, are, however, still not clear. NASA has scheduled deep space exploration of extraterrestrial locations such as the Moon and Mars in the 2030s. Adverse health effects related to the human exposure to microgravity from previous, relatively shorter missions have been documented. A lengthy deep space travel to Mars could be overburdened by significant adverse health effects. Astronauts demonstrate a significant increase in the number of many types of circulating white blood cells (neutrophils, monocytes, T-helper cells, and B-cells) but a decrease in natural killer cells. It is unclear whether these changes are due to increased production or decreased clearance of these cells. In this review, viral reactivation in astronauts will be discussed, including the occurrence of clinical cases before, during, or after spaceflight and their management during and after flight. Studies on models used in spaceflight studies such as the AKATA cells (an immortalized B-cell line derived from a Japanese patient with Burkitt's lymphoma, a tumor induced by Epstein–Barr virus) and other cell lines which shed these latent viruses, will be reviewed with specific reference to gravitational changes, radiation, and spaceflight-induced immune suppression.
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Health challenges including behavioral problems in long-duration spaceflight
Charles R Doarn, JD Polk, Marc Shepanek
May-June 2019, 67(8):190-195
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259116  PMID:31134909
Over the past 60 years, our ability to live and work in space has evolved. From short sojourns in small spacecraft to landing on the moon and residing in an orbiting international space station, we have learned to adapt to an extreme environment and safely return home. Human missions to the Moon, Mars, and exploration of deep space are different. This paper summarizes the challenges of providing medical care, specifically mental health care during long-duration flights. Considerable information about challenges that crews bound for Mars will face is available. Literature regarding this issue is summarized. This manuscript provides a short historical summary of long-duration spaceflight to date; the challenges including limited communication with mission controllers on Earth; and, a summary of the behavioral impacts space flight has had on humans. A look at how the future autonomous systems might support physical and mental health when definitive care is millions of miles away, is also provided. Human spaceflight to Mars or other distant sites will require new approaches to mission preparedness and inflight medical support systems. Exploration class missions will be more autonomous than anything deployed until now. The concepts of telemedicine that have aptly supported crews from the 1960s to the present will no longer be in real-time. While communication between Earth and Mars is possible, it will be characterized by significant time delays. Mars-based crews will need to have systems onboard and on Mars to support all health and performance issues.
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An overview of spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS)
Thomas H Mader, C Robert Gibson, Neil R Miller, Prem S Subramanian, Nimesh B Patel, Andrew G Lee
May-June 2019, 67(8):206-211
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259126  PMID:31134911
Over the last decade, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Space Medicine Division has documented a variety of unusual physiological and pathological neuro-ophthalmic findings in astronauts during and following long duration space flight. These ndings include optic disc swelling, globe flattening, choroidal folds, and hyperopic shifts in refraction. Cephalad fluid shift has been proposed as a possible unifying etiology, but the specific mechanism responsible for these changes remains obscure. This manuscript reviews the history, clinical findings, and potential neurophysiological etiologies for spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome.
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COMMENTARY
Current trends and future perspectives of space neuroscience towards preparation for interplanetary missions
Christos A Frantzidis, Evangelia Kontana, Aliki Karkala, Vasilis Nigdelis, Maria Karagianni, Christiane M Nday, Krishnan Ganapathy, Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli
May-June 2019, 67(8):182-187
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259124  PMID:31134908
This review addresses central nervous system (CNS) physiological changes during inter-planetary missions, specifically sensorimotor processing and sleep disorders. Isolation, confinement and induced stress factors also have a detrimental effect on cognitive and mental well-being, which could jeopardize mission accomplishment. Although countermeasures have been proposed, they mostly focus on cardiovascular and/or musculoskeletal systems. Long-term space flights require optimal cognitive performance of crew members during weightlessness for longer time periods independent of ground support. The present study describes various countermeasures trends in neuroscientific data acquisition and future perspectives of advanced analysis through functional connectivity and graph theory. These could be used to identify early deterioration patterns and evaluate the robustness of countermeasures employed.
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REVIEW ARTICLE
Neurophysiological changes in simulated microgravity: An animal model
Christiane M Nday, Christos Frantzidis, Graham Jackson, Panagiotis Bamidis, Chrysoula Kourtidou-Papadeli
May-June 2019, 67(8):221-226
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259128  PMID:31134913
Microgravity (MG) is one of the main problems that astronauts have to cope with during space missions. Long-duration space travel can have detrimental effects on human neurophysiology. Despite scientific efforts, these effects are still insufficiently investigated. Animal earth-based analogs are used to investigate potential nervous system associated perturbations that might occur during prolonged space missions. Hindlimb unloading, Tail suspension and Pelvic suspension models are currently used in MG studies. Loss of homeostasis of certain biological pathways in the nervous system can lead to the functioning and expression of receptors/genes, and the release and functioning of neurotransmitters and neuronal membrane ion channels into specific brain regions. The potential impact of MG on molecular mechanisms linked to neurophysiology through animal earth-based analogs is reviewed. The effect of molecular signalling pathways on the decline of neuronal connectivity and cognitive and neuroplasticity function under MG simulated conditions will be studied. The role of biomarkers including neurotransmitters, genes or receptors will be highlighted in the healthy and MG-affected brain. MG-mediated neurodegenerative mechanisms linked to learning and memory impairment will be highlighted. This review depicts the current rodent models applied to simulate MG ground based approaches and investigates the MG induced changes in the nervous system. The neuropathological profile of the above animal MG ground-based models can be comparable to the effects of ageing, anxiety and other neurological disorders. The advantages and limitations of the existing approaches are discussed. MG induced neurophysiology outcomes can be extrapolated to study other clinical applications.
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GUEST EDITORIALS
Challenges to human spaceflight program: The emerging role of Bioastronautics
S Unnikrishnan Nair
May-June 2019, 67(8):167-168
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259119  PMID:31134903
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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Mars walking simulation: An electromyographic analysis
Benjamin T Hammond, Denizar Alberto da Silva Melo, Rafael Pires de Farias, Michele da Rosa, Ingrid Lamadrid, Leandro Disiuta, Julio Cesar Marquesde Lima, Thais Russomano
May-June 2019, 67(8):230-235
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259129  PMID:31134914
Context: With a long duration return mission to Mars on the horizon, we must learn as much about the environment and its influence on the musculoskeletal system as possible to develop countermeasures and mitigate deleterious health effects and maladaptation. Aims: To determine the influence of simulated Mars gravity on the activity of four locomotor muscles while walking, in comparison to 1 G, using lower body positive pressure (LBPP). Material and Methods: A total of 14 male subjects (mean age: 20.6 ± 2.4 years) performed bouts of walking in both simulated Mars gravity (0.38 G) and Earth gravity (1 G) using an LBPP device. The dependent variables were the muscle activity evoked in the tibialis anterior, vastus lateralis, gluteus maximus and lateral portion of the gastrocnemius, measured using electromyography and expressed as percentages of maximum voluntary isometric contractions, and heart rate (HR). For statistical analysis, a paired t-test was performed. Statistical significance was defined as P < 0.05. Results: No significant differences in muscle activity were found across conditions for any of the investigated muscles. A significant mean difference in the HR was identified between Earth (105.15 ± 8.1 bpm) and Mars (98.15 ± 10.44 bpm) conditions (P = 0.027), wherein the HR was lower during the Mars trial. Conclusions: The Mars environment may not result in any deteriorative implications for the musculoskeletal system. However, if future research should report that stride frequency and thus activation frequency is decreased in the simulated Mars gravity, negative implications may be posed for muscle retention and reconditioning efforts on the Red Planet.
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EDITORIAL
Extra-terrestrial neurosciences
Krishnan Ganapathy
May-June 2019, 67(8):165-166
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259118  PMID:31134902
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GUEST EDITORIALS
Likely challenges facing future astronauts assigned to long duration space flights
Rakesh Sharma
May-June 2019, 67(8):170-171
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259121  PMID:31134905
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PHOTOGRAPH 8
Journey beyond the realm of wildest imagination

May-June 2019, 67(8):205-205
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GUEST EDITORIALS
Human spaceflight from one's own soil
Anupam Agarwal
May-June 2019, 67(8):169-169
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259120  PMID:31134904
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NI FEATURE: THE FIRST IMPRESSION - COMMENTARY
The cover page

May-June 2019, 67(8):163-164
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259117  
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GUEST EDITORIALS
Fallout of space technology for neurosciences on earth
Russell J Andrews
May-June 2019, 67(8):172-173
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259122  PMID:31134906
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PHOTOGRAPH 4
Indications of extra-terrestrial contributions to prehistoric monuments

May-June 2019, 67(8):189-189
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PHOTOGRAPH 14
The concept of ‘zero’

May-June 2019, 67(8):228-229
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PHOTOGRAPH 5
The inherent duality of all objects in the universe

May-June 2019, 67(8):196-196
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PHOTOGRAPH 12
The moment in time

May-June 2019, 67(8):220-220
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PHOTOGRAPH 7
Opportune circumstances for sustenance of life on a planet

May-June 2019, 67(8):204-204
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PHOTOGRAPH 3
Innovative inventions in science though the ages that have probed the mysteries of universe

May-June 2019, 67(8):188-188
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PHOTOGRAPH 11
Towards cleaner “Panchtatvas”

May-June 2019, 67(8):219-219
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PHOTOGRAPH 2
Limitations imposed by current state of knowledge and instrumentation

May-June 2019, 67(8):175-175
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PHOTOGRAPH 10
Every religion acknowledges the unfathomable power beyond…

May-June 2019, 67(8):213-213
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PHOTOGRAPH 13
Emerging knowledge of gravity

May-June 2019, 67(8):227-227
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PHOTOGRAPH 9
Every human being has infinite capabilities: The limits are only self-imposed and determined by one's thoughts

May-June 2019, 67(8):212-212
DOI:10.4103/0028-3886.259138  
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PHOTOGRAPH 1
Journey beyond the realm of wildest imagination

May-June 2019, 67(8):174-174
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PHOTOGRAPH 6
The yearning to fly

May-June 2019, 67(8):197-197
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