Do you know that traveling in space could change your brain? Yes, it does. Researchers found in the latest study that spending a long time in space could change your brain.
According to our sources, researchers have explored many ways that NASA and its astronauts are able to prepare better for long-duration spaceflight missions by offering a wide variety of information into how space affects the human body, especially the brain.
Recent research published in the journal Radiology indicates that long-term spaceflight will permanently cause the brain to change in volume and also contort the pituitary gland.
There are some recent facts which suggest that Astronauts on a long-term mission in the space station have complained of what NASA calls spaceflight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome.
In the absence of gravity, more head pressure is built. The flow of blood towards the head has more pressure than normal. Because of gravity, we also learn that many astronauts who spend more time in space stations have or suffer through vision issues.
While here on Earth, tests were done on astronauts, and the results were swelling of the eye and brain, retinal damage, fuzzy white retina patches, and many other changes in eye structure occur.
Much of this phenomenon is based on several studies and how astronauts can ease it.
A new study suggests that scientists have researched that the amount of brain and cerebrospinal fluid volumes grew and increased in the astronauts by 2 percent. In and around the spinal cord and brain, hollow spaces can be seen called cerebrospinal fluid. Such fluids support and safeguard the brain to its best.
Researchers observed that the astronauts increased their brain and cerebrospinal fluid volume by 2 percent. When a comparison was made before, and after being or working in the space station, they observed that there was an increase in it. This increase was observed for one year, which then led the researchers to believe that the change was permanent and true.
Dr. Larry A. Kramer at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston said in a statement that “What we identified that no one has really identified before is that there is a significant increase of volume in the brain’s white matter from pre-flight to post-flight,”.
“In fact, white matter expansion is responsible for the largest increase in combined brain and cerebrospinal fluid volumes post-flight.”