Area expertise brings medical advantages to earth: Mississauga physician

Area expertise brings medical advantages to earth: Mississauga physician

By Karen Longwell

Revealed December 12, 2022 at 12:05 pm

Area expertise brings medical advantages to earth: Mississauga physician

The Bio-Analyzer on the Worldwide Area Station. The Canadian expertise was turned on on-orbit for the primary time by Canadian Area Company astronaut David Saint-Jacques in Could 2019. Photograph by Canadian Area Company/NASA

From the infrared thermometer to GPS — units made for area profit folks on earth as properly, a Mississauga physician examines in a brand new analysis paper.

Dr. Farhan Asrar, a Mississauga-based household physician and assistant professor with College of Toronto, Dalla Lana College of Public Well being and Trillium Well being Companions, is the lead creator of a paper printed in Canadian Household Doctor, the official journal of the School of Household Physicians of Canada.

Asrar, who can be a world college member on the Worldwide Area College, has lengthy had an curiosity in how area expertise can profit medical apply at residence. Final yr, he was additionally the lead creator on the same paper, printed in Nature Medication, on how area businesses present take care of astronauts in orbit may be utilized to pandemics equivalent to COVID-19.

This new paper, titled Outer area property provide advantages to well being care, appears to be like on the extra basic features of the position area innovations play in well being.

“There are such a lot of (innovations) that we’ve really even form of included in our every day life that we’re not even conscious of,” Asrar tells

Referred to as “spin-offs” many technological units have been initially invented for area however have been later discovered to have advantages on earth.

One of the vital frequent examples is the infrared thermometer. This expertise was initially invented to measure the temperature of distant celestial objects. However now infrared thermometers are used in every single place, significantly in the course of the pandemic, to test if an individual has a fever whereas not getting too shut.

There are different units that might make an enormous distinction to folks in remoted areas.

“If we have a look at Canada’s north the place entry to medical personnel or machines, different modalities and even specialists is restricted, so it could actually have a look at the distant drugs that area has been utilizing offering well being care from a distance,” Asrar says.

The bio-analyzer, which the Canadian Area Company has been engaged on, is an instance. The machine is the scale of a online game console and may take a look at completely different physique fluids equivalent to blood, saliva, and urine.

Beforehand, samples from astronauts in area must be despatched right down to earth for evaluation.

These units is also utilized in pure disasters  — the reduction workforce may must take one thing that’s transportable to assist individuals who want care.

“These units may be fairly useful in these eventualities as properly.”

There’s additionally the bio-monitor, a “sensible shirt” designed for astronauts to watch and document very important indicators.

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The Canadian astronaut Dr. David Saint-Jacques and Mississauga public well being and household doctor Dr. Fahran Asrar. (Equipped picture)

The paper additionally contains feedback from Canadian doctor astronauts on their experiences.

4 Canadian physicians have turn out to be astronauts — household medical doctors Dave Williams, Robert Thirsk, and David Saint-Jacques. The fourth doctor—Canada’s first feminine astronaut and the world’s first neurologist in area—is Dr Roberta Bondar.

Williams mirrored on his expertise and the way it impacted his broader world view.

“Viewing Earth from area, there aren’t any seen borders separating nations, and it’s clear that what occurs in a single a part of the world impacts our total planet,” Williams writes within the paper.

Saint-Jacques says he was practising basic drugs in remoted Inuit communities in northern Canada when he was recruited into the Canadian Area Company’s astronaut program.

He discovered there are “hanging parallels between the challenges and constraints of rural medical apply and medical take care of on-orbit astronauts: isolation, self-reliance, restricted gear, and impractical or not possible medical evacuation.”

“Related issues usually have related options; that’s why medical expertise developed for area crews is often related to drugs on Earth. And vice versa,” Saint-Jacques says within the paper.

Asrar hopes this paper will assist create consciousness for most people and healthcare professionals in regards to the position the area world has on drugs.

Whereas Asrar is pleased and and content material together with his work from home, he wouldn’t say no to a visit to area.

“I wouldn’t say no to it,” he says. “Why not? I’d all the time hold that door open.”

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