What happens to an astronaut’s brain during a mission to Mars? Nothing good. It’s besieged by destructive particles that can forever impair cognition, according to a UC Irvine radiation oncology study appearing in the May 1 edition of Science Advances.
Four other people are known to have survived the kind of spinal injury suffered by Jon Wilhite in a triple-fatality car crash, and everything had to go just right for emergency personnel and UC Irvine Medical Center doctors before this story could be told.
As a specialist in skin disorders and cancers, Dr. Janellen Smith sees firsthand what too much sun can do. She stresses that people – especially those in sun-worshipping Southern California – should be aware of the health risks associated with prolonged sun exposure and take proper precautions.