Careers in Space Medicine - Research Article from Macmillan Science Library: Space Sciences

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Medical Challenges

Several questions remain about the scope of space medicine because scientists do not understand all of the changes that take place in the human body either on Earth or in space. Can all of the problems be treated? Is a treatment really needed? Is the prevention of adaptive changes that occur when humans go to space better than treatment after a change has already taken place? How can medical problems in space be prevented? Will the body's cells, tissues, and organs return to normal at different rates upon landing back on Earth or on another planet with similar gravity?

Because scientists understand so little about how the human body works in normal gravity on Earth, few specific cures have been found for medical conditions. Doctors often can only treat symptoms and not the causes of diseases. For instance, allergy medication eliminates the symptoms of...

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