In a sign of the times in which we now live, a paper published in the latest edition of medical journal BMJ advises clinicians that they will soon be asked to clear patients for the rigors of spaceflight, and they need to be ready to do so. With space tourism becoming more feasible for more and more people, it's inevitable that patients are going so start asking their doctors for such evaluations, just as they might ask if they are health enough to go scuba diving or mountain climbing.
The paper advises clinicians to share their experiences and consider developing some kind of source file that other medical personnel can draw upon for case studies and reference. It also calls for medical documentation of spaceflight cases past be made readily available to doctors serving a general public that will soon be visiting the upper reaches of the atmosphere and beyond.
Spaceflight is not for everyone. Common side effects include motion sickness, vomiting, back pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, dehydration, long and arduous cold wars, loss of sleep, and in rare cases: death. In some cases spaceflight has proven habit-forming. Popular Science reminds you to consult your doctor before leaving the planet.
"...Common side effects include motion sickness, vomiting, back pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, dehydration, long and arduous cold wars, loss of sleep, and in rare cases: death. In some cases spaceflight has proven habit-forming..."
Really, death as a side effect and not actually considered an effect?
How does space flight cause as an side effect "...arduous cold wars,..."?
In history, who was recorded at being addicted to space flight? I am curious.
I would be addicted to space flight haha! One thing to keep in mind as space flight and transport technology advance is that the amount of stress on the body will lessen, allowing more groups of people the luxury of a visit to our exosphere, or even deeper voyages into the solar system.
I am addicted to space. Oh wait, I am space, lol.
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Maybe a bit thick today, but what do they mean with "long and arduous cold wars". I understand "death", it's side effect of life
You found one of my thoughts from my first comment.
I wonder how the writer found "death" as a side effect to an astronaut. If an astronauts dies, that is an direct effect, not something off to the side.
I really do want to know what astronaut was committed to addiction after returning from a space flight, lol? Oh and how did this addiction harm him and others around him, typically associated with any type of addiction?
Some of the comments from this writer were just strange!
@ Robot Please answer African Rover's question next time instead of going on some long thoughtless rant.
From a medical standpoint, we shouldn't be in space. Space is for the daredevil. I can't imagine any doctor approving of anyone going into space - because of the deleterious effects that being in space has on the body, not to mention scarcity of food and air in outer space. That's like getting your doctor's approval before you smoke pot, or do base jumping. Ultimately, there's no need for us to be in space.
This is a scenario worthy of PopSci, and I've been wondering about it since before we played the enabler and drug dealer to John Glenn's space addiction.
I figger we'd be off to a good start by getting the lowdown from the insurance powerbrokers like Warren Buffett.
See, if a rich person wants to go into space, it's more than just the heavy G's. A lifetime dose of radiation means that an insurer gets to default on cancer at any time in the future, right? What about women that are still in childbirthing years? What happens to all those insurance clauses regarding defects?
There are a lot of things that have to be decided on that are outside the 50 or 60 miles high of U.S.S.C. jurisdiction, and as of today, we still don't know who or what calls shots in the Near-Earth venue. Here we are, watching the re-discovery of one of our space capsules in the ocean. According to Maritime Law, the capsule belongs to anyone who wants to salvage it. But being that Elon Musk is getting to be THE U.S. private partner in space, he ain't raising a stink about it. So then, what's legal? What's not? Who decides, and who enforces?
Give ironclad responses to those questions, and THEY will give the answer as to who decides what fitness for space is.