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  1. New simulated weightlessness study- CNES and MEDES further understanding of the physiological effects of microgravity

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    February 20, 2019

    Right now and until 29 March 2019, 20 volunteers are taking part in a new study into simulated weightlessness using the innovative method of dry immersion. Led by CNES and conducted at its MEDES space clinic, based at Rangueil Hospital in Toulouse, the study aims to simulate the effects of weightlessness on the human body. It will, in particular, enable us to further our understanding of specific physiological mechanisms and thereby improve conditions for astronauts during manned spaceflights.

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  3. CNES and MEDES pursue research on effects of weightlessness with Cocktail study

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    March 2, 2017

    Cocktail is a new study testing countermeasures designed to mitigate the unwanted effects of weightlessness on the human body, to enhance astronauts’ performance and to ready them for their return to Earth. The study led by CNES and conducted in partnership with ESA has started at the MEDES space medicine and physiology institute with a bedrest campaign to simulate conditions encountered during spaceflights and investigate the effects of weightlessness.

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  5. Prévenir les contaminations microbiennes dans un vol habité: une compétence française

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    February 2, 2017

    Dans un vol habité, le maintien de la santé de l’équipage exige une limitation drastique de la contamination microbienne. Cette limitation concerne autant la nourriture que l’équipage ou le matériel qu’il utilise. L’eau, l’air, mais aussi toutes les surfaces, nécessitent une surveillance rigoureuse de leur qualité pour éviter toute biodégradation de l’équipement comme les moisissures. MEDES en a fait l’une de ses principales préoccupations.

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  6. Long-duration bedrest experiment at MEDES in Toulouse

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    November 16, 2012

    Why are 12 volunteers about to spend 21 days in bed, lying with their heads tilted below horizontal? Their experience will help to understand changes in astronauts’ bodies in space as well as in bedridden people on Earth.

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