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Mission to Mars Could Mess With Your Brain


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http://news.discovery.com/space/mission-to-mars-could-cause-brain-damage-130102.html


 


Space exploration is really bad for our squidgy bodies, but you want to know the worst news? According to new research, it's really, really bad for our squidgy brains too. The high-energy particles that buzz around outside of our protective magnetosphere aren't only a trigger for nasty cancers, they may also trigger certain brain defects, such as Alzheimer's disease.

 


NEWS: How a Mission to Mars Could Kill You


 


"Galactic cosmic radiation poses a significant threat to future astronauts," said M. Kerry O'Banion, a professor in the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, in a URMC press release. "The possibility that radiation exposure in space may give rise to health problems such as cancer has long been recognized. However, this study shows for the first time that exposure to radiation levels equivalent to a mission to Mars could produce cognitive problems and speed up changes in the brain that are associated with Alzheimer's disease."


 


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