French Scientists Are Offering Volunteers $17000 To Lie In Bed For Two Months And Do Nothing

Posted: Apr 6 2017, 1:50pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 6 2017, 2:15pm CDT, in News | Latest Science News

 
French Scientists are Offering Volunteers $17000 to Lie in Bed for Two Months and Do Nothing
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The experiment is designed to study the effects of microgravity on human body

French scientists are looking for participants who are fit and healthy and are willing to lie in bed for two months. The 24 chosen candidates will each be paid $17,000 and asked to spend 60 days on bed without leaving it.

Participants in this study will be between the ages of 20 and 45 and will help study the effects of microgravity on human body. They will keep at least one shoulder in contact with the bed at all time, which means they have to perform all their activities on bed, from eating to going to bathroom. with their upper half of the body tilting down at a slight -6 degree angle.

“The idea of the study is to produce the weightlessness of the International Space Station (ISS),” said Dr Arnaud Beck, who is organizing the experiment, told 20 Minutes.

“During the first two weeks our scientists will do a whole series of tests and measurements of the volunteers. This will be followed by a 60-day period during which they must remain in bed, the head slightly inclined downward at less than six degrees.”

This sounds like a perfect job for couch potatoes but the volunteers must be non-smokers and have no allergies. The body mass index of the volunteers must range between 22 and 27.

The experiment, named “Cocktail,” will help researchers to find the answer of this intriguing question. What happens to human body under microgravity conditions of space?

Humans are evolved to thrive under gravity, so exposure to weightlessness in space will have some certain possibly negative effects on body. As astronauts spend all the time in space floating and without the downward force of gravity, their body works considerably less. It can lead to muscle deterioration, weakness in immune defenses etc.

The study consists of two phases. The first phase will run through January to April while the second will start on September and end on November. Participants will be monitored by 16 Europeon science teams and their baseline physiolgoical parameters will be measured between and after both phases.

“Under these specific conditions, the cardiovascular system is impacted, it is no longer able to provide the same effort as before departure or before bed rest.” Beck said.

The study will not only help researchers better understand the health risks under microgravity conditions but also allow them to find a way to deal with these issues.

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