Sunday, December 16, 2012

Space Travel Tourists: Medical Advice Offered

Experts Advise Doctors On How to Clear Patients for Space Travel

Dec. 13, 2012 — With the prospect of space travel for tourists looming, clinicians could soon be asked to advise on medical clearance for their patients, says a paper published in the BMJ Christmas edition and appearing online today.

Manned and cargo Drago spacecraft (artist's impression)
Artist's rendering of the SpaceX Dragon cargo variant (bottom) and crewed variant ("DragonRider", top right) connected to the ISS. (Source: )

Space travel opportunities are becoming increasingly available to the general public with bookings already in place.

A team of experts from North America therefore looked to provide advice to clinicians who require direction when advising patients on space travel.

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Sources: British Medical Journal (BMJ), .


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