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Inside a four-month simulated mission on the Red Planet.
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VITAL SIGNS

How did this 30-something guy go from charismatic to catatonic? A trip down memory lane will get you there.
A 40-year-old demands to stay at the hospital, yet nothing seems wrong — until he explains why he can’t go home.
An athletic woman in her 50s suddenly can’t move her arm, then feels fine several minutes later. But an MRI reveals serious trouble elsewhere.
A woman’s extreme abdominal pain points to gallstones. But why is her heart rate going through the roof?
An infant in an Arctic village struggles to get air into his lungs. Without the necessary medical equipment, is diagnosis futile?
A fever and cough strike a busy, young mom. But this is no routine case of influenza.
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