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…there are risk groups (including)… people suffering from ischemic disorders or hypertension, or children whose adaptation system is the process of formation. Newly born are particularly at risk.
"We think that simply forecasting storms is counterproductive because people merely get scared as a result," said Dr. Breus. "But steady micro variations are different. We should concentrate on this in forecasting geomagnetic disturbances."
The goals of space radiation health research are to understand qualitatively and quantitatively the ionizing radiations present in the space environment, identify qualitatively and quantitatively the risks associated with these radiations, and discover countermeasures to mitigate these risks. The articles that follow address each of these three components of space radiation health research. This article introduces the basic science and definitions underlying radiation health research and protection. Space radiations consist of energetic protons from the sun, protons and electrons from the sun that are trapped in the Earth's magnetic field, and cosmic rays that include energetic nuclei of H, He, C, N, O and Fe atoms. The risks presented to space travelers by these radiations include cancer due to protons and cosmic-ray exposure, immune failure due to high-dose solar proton storms, and possible neurological effects caused by single tracks of cosmic-ray heavy nuclei. Potential countermeasures include shielding, medication consisting of radical scavengers, anti-oxidant consumption, cytokines, and cell transplants.
It has long been established that magnetic storms not only affect the performance of equipment, upset radio communications, blackout radars, and disrupt radio navigation systems but also endanger living organisms. They change the blood flow, especially in capillaries, affect blood pressure, and boost adrenalin.
…The heart and cardio-vascular system have always been considered the main biological targets of geomagnetic activity. However, the damage inflicted by magnetic storms on human health has been found to be different. Experts from the Institute of Space Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Institute of Physics of the Earth (RAS), and the Sechenov Moscow Medical Academy have established that the biggest danger emanates from the micro variations of the geomagnetic field, which coincide with the heartbeat. They occur in about half of all magnetic storms, and are most typical for a prelude to a storm with insignificant changes in the geomagnetic field (mostly affecting high altitudes), and for the recovery phase, when the geomagnetic field is coming back to normal.
Medical statistics for Moscow show that 70% of all micro variations, caused by geomagnetic disturbances, are accompanied by an abnormally high incidence of heart attacks (a growth of about 13%), and blood-strokes (7.5% growth). The low and extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields destabilize the heartbeat, leading to a sudden death or infarction. Medical experts have finally explained why heart attacks take a heavy toll before a magnetic storm - because micro variations begin 24 hours before the storm.
…one of possible reasons for the seasonal variations in the occurrence of myocardial infarction is an increase in the production of the pineal hormone melatonin in winter which leads to an unstable state of the human organism and an increase in its sensitivity to the effect of geomagnetic pulsations.
Originally posted by staciebee
reply to post by soficrow
Ok...this really bothers me and I hope it's not true. Sorry if this post gets to long, but it's complicated and I need to explain a few things first. My new year's resolutions were to cut a CD and to loose weight. I cutI recorded the CD Friday, but that's neither here nor there. I switched from sugar to stevia and from regular sodas to diet sodas...at least until I read the info about diet sodas leading to increased chances of heart attacks and strokes. [...]
12.03.2012. Solar storm passes without incident
A solar storm in the Earth`s magnetic field has passed by the Earth with minimal effects, experts say, according to BBC.
"The freight train has gone by, and is still going by, and now we`re just watching for how this is all going to shake out," said Joseph Kunches, a scientist with US weather agency Noaa.
The last of the charged particles from the Sun will pass Earth Friday morning.
There had been fears that this "coronal mass ejection" could wreak havoc with satellites or power grids on Earth.
Diabetes and the Environment, Radiation
Some epidemiological suggests that high doses of radiation may contribute to type 1 and type 2 diabetes development. Whether lower doses are also implicated remains an unexplored area of research.
Originally posted by Ficargul
I only have one thing to say in regards to this thread ...
If you think you have palpitations, irregular heartbeats .... GET YOURSELF TO THE DOCTOR!
Why the hell would you sit and wait about thinking that your heart was doing something abnormal? If your foot was hanging off would you come one a forum 3 weeks later and say "Duhhh something weird is happening at the bottom of my leg ... kinda looks like my foot might fall off"? Be sensible people, better safe than sorry.