NASA Researchers, Doctors Treat First Known Blood Clot in Space

first_imgWhen astronauts suddenly experience a medical situation on the International Space Station 250 miles above Earth, the terms “emergency room” or “urgent care” take on a unique meaning.Late last year, NASA researchers suspected that one of their astronauts was suffering from a blood clot during a long duration stay on the space station.The clot was detected during a vascular study of 11 astronauts that was intended to assess the effect of space on the internal jugular vein. In zero gravity, astronauts’ blood and tissue fluid shifts toward the head.The study involved nine men and two women who were an average age of 46. Their identities were not included in the study.A new assessment of the blood clot was published last Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.Six of the participating astronauts experienced stagnant or reverse blood flow, another one had a blood clot, and yet another was considered to have a potential partial blood clot.Scientists weighed the risk of the blood clot, as well as its potential to block a vessel in the absence of gravity.Dr. Stephen Moll, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, was the only non-NASA physician who was consulted to help the affected astronaut.He says, “My first reaction when NASA reached out to me was to ask if I could visit the International Space Station to examine the patient myself. NASA told me they couldn’t get me up to space quickly enough, so I proceeded with the evaluation and treatment process from here in Chapel Hill.”Moll is a member of UNC’s Blood Research Center and is a blood clot expert.“Normally the protocol for treating a patient with deep vein thrombosis would be to start them on blood thinners for at least three months to prevent the clot from getting bigger and to lessen the harm it could cause if it moved to a different part of the body such as the lungs,” Moll adds. “There is some risk when taking blood thinners that if an injury occurs, it could cause internal bleeding that is difficult to stop. In either case, emergency medical attention could be needed. Knowing there are no emergency rooms in space, we had to weigh our options very carefully.”He spoke with the astronaut during a “phone call from space,” consulting with them as if the person were one of his other patients.The pharmacy aboard the space station contained 20 vials with 300 milligrams each of an injectable blood thinner. Moll directed the astronaut to use them on a daily basis until an anticoagulant drug could be sent to the station during a resupply mission.The astronaut took a higher dose of the injectable, called enoxaparin, for 33 days in order to control the risk of the blood clot. The dose was lowered after that time, as the astronaut awaited the arrival of the drug apixaban.The researchers watched the clot shrink over time. Blood flow was then induced after 47 days through the vein, although spontaneous blood flow was not achieved, even after undergoing treatment for 90 days.The blood clot disappeared 24 hours after landing. Six months later, the astronaut was still free of symptoms.According to Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor, study author, NASA astronaut and clinical associate professor of medicine at Louisiana State University’s Health New Orleans School of Medicine, “We still haven’t learned everything about Aerospace Medicine or Space Physiology.”She adds, “The biggest question that remains is how would we deal with this on an exploration class mission to Mars? How would we prepare ourselves medically? More research must be performed to further elucidate clot formation in this environment and possible countermeasures.”last_img read more

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New Anna Regina Power Station 75% complete

first_imgConstruction of Anna Regina’s new power station 75 per cent complete, on schedule for mid-December commissioning.The new Anna Regina Power Station will be the first in the county to utilise heavy fuel oil which is more economical for operations. Project Engineer, Hugh Peru said Essequibians can look forward to a continuous and reliable supply of electricity when the plant is completed.Ongoing construction works on the new Anna Regina Power Station“This new power plant is unique in the sense that it is a containerised baseload facility. We’re accustomed to having a facility where all the engines are in one engine room but with this one, we have three containerised units which are designed for baseload. The residents of Essequibo will definitely be experiencing improved power supply. Currently, our peak generation target is 4.7 megawatts and this plant will give us 5.4 megawatts,” the project engineer underlined.Peru told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that while there were some delays in the delivery of equipment and hiccups with contractors meeting deadlines, the project is progressing.“We have our diesel engines placed on site with all the auxiliaries. What is left to be done is connecting of the auxiliaries to the main engines and the electrical works which will comprise of installation of the switch gears in the building,” Peru explained.Meanwhile, residents along the Essequibo Coast are currently experiencing normal electricity supply. A fifth unit was transferred from Canefield to the Anna Regina Power station which will provide an additional 800 kilowatts.This new unit will allow for a reserve capacity for eventualities. Moreover, load shedding will significantly reduce and self-generators will also be supplied.last_img read more

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Woman killed in 101 Freeway crash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A 49-year-old woman died driving westbound in a collision on the Ventura (101) Freeway just south of Kanan Dume Road in Agoura Hills, the CHP said. Details were not immediately available, but the CHP said that the crash was involved a single car that hit the center divider before 11:18 a.m.last_img read more

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Cold snap returns with temperatures dipping to -5 tonight

first_imgMet Éireann has issued a Status Yellow Low-Temperature warning for Donegal.Temperatures will fall to between -2 and -5 tonight, with widespread frost developing throughout the night.The weather warning is valid from 6pm this evening until 12 noon tomorrow. Most places dry & cold this evening with long clear spells, but isolated light showers will continue to affect the SE for a time.Tonight will be dry under mostly clear skies. Winds will fall light inland and it will turn very cold, with temps falling to between -1 and -5°C pic.twitter.com/AGuvmrsa4l— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 6, 2018Munster, Connacht, Cavan, and Monaghan will also be struck by low temperatures tonight as the cold snap takes hold.It will be slightly milder along with east coast due to the onshore northeasterly breeze.Patches of mist and fog are also forecast to develop towards Sunday morning. Tomorrow morning will be frosty, with the cold persisting throughout the day with temperatures of just 1 to 4 degrees with light to moderate east to southeasterly breezes. More frost is expected to set in quickly tomorrow evening.Donegal County Council began gritting roads at 4pm this evening, and ask that motorists assume that no road is ice-free.To see which routes are being gritted this evening, you can visit Donegal County Council’s interactive map by clicking here.Cold snap returns with temperatures dipping to -5 tonight was last modified: January 8th, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:colddonegalforecastfrostMet Eireannweatherweather warninglast_img read more

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Why Most Sales People Tend to Struggle

first_imgThere are countless reasons that contribute to sales peoples’ struggles.Learning how to overcome them is vital as it’s the only way to restore the balance in a sales department. At Sandler Training, according to CEO Dave Mattson, a success triangle is employed to keep sales people performing at the highest levels. Here is what else Sandler Training believes:Attitude is everything. They teach people to think like top sellers. Additionally, they instruct their people to adopt a mindset of success. By focusing on the behavior, they believe the goals will fulfill themselves.Taking a well-balanced approach is going to have the greatest overall impact on sales. When a sales team is properly trained and prepared, their performance will be a constant and not just a blip on a radar.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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