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Space causes human blood to DESTROY itself, and scientists are completely confused

SPACE causes the human body to destroy its own red blood cells, and scientists do not know why.

The strange phenomenon is called rumanemia, and new research suggests that it plagues astronauts even when they return home.

Something about space makes astronauts anemic

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A new study published in Nature Medicine showed that space causes the human body to destroy red blood cells faster than on Earth.

The medical term for the destruction of red blood cells is hemolysis.

Researchers are still not sure why space causes hemolysis to occur more quickly, but the new study has made some progress on the subject.

The study notes: "Since humanity is planning travel outside the Earth, understanding the health consequences of living in space will be crucial to planning safe travel."

The scientists worked with 14 astronauts over a period of six months.

All the astronauts were on missions on the International Space Station.

For the study, the astronauts breathed into cans at intervals and brought all the cans back to Earth.

Scientists on Earth then examined the astronauts' breath for carbon monoxide.

It is believed that carbon monoxide is produced every time a red blood cell is destroyed in the body.

The results showed that astronauts destroyed about three million red blood cells every second.

That's 54% higher than the average rate here on Earth.

Five of the 13 astronauts who were bled when they landed back on Earth were still anemic.

After a year, their destruction of red blood cells was still found to be higher than in people who had not been in space.

According to the study, the longer a person stays in space, the longer they will be anemic on land.

The researchers suspect that bone marrow or spleen may be to blame and plan to investigate these areas further.

They also want to perform a longer experiment to see what happens to an astronaut's blood after a years-long mission.

The results can help space agencies decide mission lengths as well as how injuries or illnesses should be treated in space.

Red blood cells are very important for things like maintaining energy levels and whole wounds.

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