HERE’S HOW SPACE TRAVEL IS HELPING KEEP YOU HEALTHY
Astronauts on the International Space Station are developing crystals that could help develop new drugs for use on Earth. Here are 10 technologies for health care that come from space:
Robots that can eliminate brain tumors
Developed in Canada during the space shuttle era, Canadarm2 is a robotic arm attached to the outer space of the International Space Station.
It is used for many tasks outside the space station to prevent astronauts from performing high-risk space walks. This technology has led to the creation of neuroArm, which can perform precision surgery within the RM equipment, such as the removal of brain tumors.
The eye tracers used in laser eye surgery
In space, the lack of gravity changes the way the eyes move and perceive movement. High tech eye traces were developed to see where astronauts alike during their normal work under microgravity conditions.
Eye movements are a problem in corrective laser eye surgery. Ocular tracers developed for space flight are now used in corrective laser surgery to ensure correct positioning of the laser beam.
Asthmatic help breathe
Nitric oxide is a common airborne contaminant both on Earth and the International Space Station. When a person has inflamed airways, as seen in asthma, the increase will be observed nitric oxide in the exhaled air. The European Space Agency has developed a device that accurately measures nitric oxide in the air exhaled astronauts to detect an ignition potential.
In this way, astronauts can be treated before the situation becomes more serious. This technology is now used in asthma to detect the amount of nitric oxide in the air exhaled they caused by inflammation in the lungs.
Keep your bones strong
Without gravity acting on their bodies, astronauts experience a massive loss of bone density that is similar to the bone loss observed in older people with osteoporosis. Attempts have been made to reduce bone loss through daily exercise. Astronauts have also shown that taking a small amount of bisphosphonate, weekly, further reduces bone loss. Pharmaceutical discoveries like these are already enjoying the aging of the Earth.
Measure your body temperature
Infrared technologies were developed several decades ago in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to measure the temperature of planets and stars. In 1991, this technology has been transformed into thermometers in the ear.
Ear thermometers-provide temperature readings in seconds and have been shown to provide accurate temperature readings, making them ideal for hospitals, doctors and even at home.
Measuring the pressure inside the skull
While studying the changes in astronauts’ vision, scientists discovered that they occurred due to increased pressure inside the skull, which in turn is a result of increased cerebrospinal fluid volume. Flight surgeons need ways to control these pressure changes easily.
Research in the UK has resulted in a device that can measure pressure inside the skull with movement of the eardrum, which is non-invasive, faster and can be done anywhere.
A Star Trek tractor beam to help pass kidney stones
Being in space increases the risk of kidney stones. In astronauts, kidney stones can cause infections and complications severe enough to require evacuation of the crew. Research with NASA has developed portable Star Trek ultrasound techniques that can detect movement, and then spray stones, making them easier to pass. This technology can also benefit people with kidney stones on Earth.
Make Dental Teeth Invisible
Translucent polycrystalline aluminum. It’s a bit of a mouth. This high strength, translucent and shock resistant high strength ceramic was developed for defense and aerospace. It has been suggested that the material could be used to make the translucent supports for the brakes that appear to be stains on the teeth. After testing, it became one of the most successful orthodontic products in history.