One subject group will follow an exercise plan
Prophylactic measures to prevent onset of disease or deterioration of the human organism are of primary importance, both in human spaceflight as on terrestrially. Countermeasures, such as special exercise, may prevent or delay deterioration of muscle fibre and bone due to long periods of weightlessness or of an immobile patient or a handicapped person.Corrective measures, or administration of treatment, may also make use of space assets for implementation e.g. where the patient is remotely separated from the practitioner as in the case of human spaceflight or remote areas, methods of tele-treatment may be called for. As an example, methods of tele-assisted surgery are now being developed for such situations.
A list of recent and current projects supported by ESA is given below. Further detail on some of the project is provided where it appears with hyperlink (further descriptions will be provided in the near future).
Last update: 28 June 2011