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Can hibernation benefit humans?

To survive times when food is scarce and temperatures are low, some animals enter hibernation -- a physiological process that reduces their normal metabolism to low levels for days or weeks at a time. These periods of low metabolism, known as torpor, allow the animal's body temperature to fall to just above the surrounding air temperature, thus conserving energy. Humans do not naturally undergo torpor, but scientists are interested in the idea of producing states of "synthetic" torpor in certain situations, including spaceflight, explained symposium co-chair Hannah Carey, PhD, from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine. "Harnessing naturally evolved torpor to benefit human spaceflight." "Synthetic torpor could protect astronauts from space-related health hazards and simultaneously reduce demands on spacecraft mass, volume and power capacities," said Matthew Regan, PhD, also from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine and symposium co-chair.
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I'm thinking yes, regarding medical issues here on Earth, but I'm not sure that it's a solution for the health issues related to space flight. I don't believe it would be better than shielding from radiation exposure, nor a remedy for zero gravity issues.
Still, it's certainly worth investigation.
It might be combined with other measures.

Off topic.... I'm madder than heck. My new lawnmower I bought in May blew up on me while mowing today.
First the self propulsion cut in and out, so I shut it down to see if something was jammed up in the belt.
Nope. Nothing there. Then I tried restarting it and it blew white smoke out of the exhaust.
I shut it down and put it in the garage. I felt like putting it out on the curb for the trash haulers to pick up tomorrow.
It was a Toro. Everything is junk these days.
I'll be hunting for the receipt to see if I can at least get my money back. I really don't see the point in going through the stress of trying to get them to fix junk.

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