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Document ID (ISN)75460
CIS number 00-1347
ISSN - Serial title 0095-6562 - Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine
Year 2000
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hamm P.B., Nicogossian A.E., Pool S.L., Wear M.L., Billica R.D.
Title Design and current status of the longitudinal study of astronaut health
Bibliographic information June 2000, Vol.71, No.6, p.564-570. 21 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this paper is to report on the results of the Longitudinal Study of Astronaut Health (LSAH) and to provide current mortality data. All astronauts selected for the United States Space Program are followed from selection throughout their lifetime or until the end of the study. Comparisons are ground-based Johnson Space Center employees matched to the astronauts at a 3:1 ratio by sex, age and body mass index. They are followed in the same manner as astronauts. Morbidity and mortality data are obtained from medical records supplemented with questionnaires. Checks for death certificates are made to ascertain death of participants who miss routine examinations. Cause-specific mortality rates for astronauts selected from 1959 through 1991 are not statistically different from rates for comparison participants for cardiovascular, cancer or other disease mortality. However, astronauts have a significantly higher mortality rate due to accidents and injuries.
Descriptors (primary) state of health; space travel; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) morbidity; frequency rates; human experiments; mortality
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Space travel