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Spending time in space can lead to brain damage, new research shows

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Spending time in space can damage the brains of astronauts, according to new research that poses questions for the long-term risks of future space travel. Blood tests of space travellers indicate a slight but persistent brain injury and a faster ageing of the brain upon returning to earth, scientists at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich say in a study published in the Jama Neurology journal in October. The research came just days before “Star Trek” icon William Shatner became the latest in a growing number of non-professional astronauts to enter space. However while space tou…

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