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#AsMA2018 & THE FOAMed MOVEMENT

THE ASMA SCIENTIFIC ASSEMBLY Every May, experts and enthusiasts in aerospace medicine from across the globe gather to network, learn, and teach one another the latest ideas and innovations in this niche medical specialty. A little over a month ago, I finally attended my first Aerospace Medicine Association (AsMA) Scientific […]

Dr Story Musgrave – Physician, Pilot, Astronaut

Dr Story Musgrave – Physician, Pilot, Astronaut

I recall seeing an inspiring commercial from US Navy recruiters (see below) some years ago.  After showing a series of action-packed video clips, the narrator asks the provocative question: “If someone wrote a book about your life, would anyone want to read it?” When I first learned about Dr Story Musgrave and […]

Radiation Risk in Space & Aviation

Cosmic Radiation

Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR’s) are considered a threat to aviators, flight crews and frequent air travelers.  This risk to astronauts is even greater (possibly even lethal) and continues to pose a significant obstacle to long expeditions into outer space.  Cosmic radiation is comprised of high-energy subatomic particles from all of the natural elements […]

First American Physician in Space:  Dr. Joseph P. Kerwin

First American Physician in Space: Dr. Joseph P. Kerwin

Happy 82nd birthday to Dr. Joseph Peter Kerwin!! Dr Kerwin was the first American physician to be selected as an astronaut and sent to outer space by NASA. Born 19 February 1932, Dr Kerwin was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in 1965 and served as science pilot for the […]

Trapped Gas – Air Expansion at Altitude

Trapped Gas – Air Expansion at Altitude

How many people have flown on a long commercial flight and landed at their destination only to find that a toiletry container had opened and spilled its contents all over their luggage? What causes this mysterious spilling of shampoos and lotions you may ask? And what does Dr Antonio Valsalva […]

Aeromedical Standards & Fitness for Flight

Aeromedical Standards & Fitness for Flight

Aerospace Medicine is essentially a branch of occupational medicine. Unlike traditional medical disciplines where a patient in a normal environment experiences abnormal diseases and pathology, occupational medicine often provides medical services to patients of normal health and physiology in an abnormal environment. There are a variety of industries in which workers […]

Hypoxia in Aviation

Hypoxia in Aviation

Before becoming a flight doc, I often felt skeptical as the flight attendant showcased what appeared to be a yellow Dixie cup connected to an empty IV bag prior to takeoff on commercial airliners. This darting glance wavered as my attention faded. Then, it was back to a few precious final minutes […]

Decompression Illness in Aviation

Decompression Illness in Aviation

Before English chemist, William Henry, took his own life in 1836, he discovered a simple physics law to explain how gas behaves in solution. This gas law, now appropriately known as Henry’s Law, together with Boyle’s Law, form the basis of the pathophysiology and treatment for Decompression Illness. Henry’s Law […]

Pulling G’s – The Effects of G-Forces on the Human Body

Pulling G’s – The Effects of G-Forces on the Human Body

“After dinner, the weather being warm, we went into the garden and drank thea, under the shade of some apple trees…he told me, he was just in the same situation, as when formerly, the notion of gravitation came into his mind. It was occasion’d by the fall of an apple, […]

Spatial Disorientation

Spatial Disorientation

Human beings have obviously evolved to operate in a terrestrial playing field. But our big brains and ingenuity have allowed our advancements in technology to far outpace our ability to adapt. So, what happens when you take a terrestrial bi-pedal animal like a human and put them in a quickly […]