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Spaceflight Does Not Compromise Major Part Of The Immune System Shows Research

With a new crew arriving at the International Space Station, astronauts will be relieved to know that they will not have to worry about a major aspect of their immune system being compromised. While scientists know about the astronauts' skeletal and muscular health during spaceflight and when they return to Earth, much less is known about how spaceflight affects immunity. It has been generally thought, until now, that spaceflight has a detrimental impact on all aspects of the immune system.

Research and Development in Patenting Aerospace Medicines

Research and development (R & D) into aerospace medicine can be viewed as falling into one of two camps: that aimed at adapting an existing 'terrestrial' medicine for use in the aerospace environment; and that which is newly developed for treating conditions that occur primarily or uniquely in aerospace.

New Study: Parachutes for Small Airplanes Really Do Save Lives

Ever since Boris Popov introduced his “ballistic recovery systems” (BRS) for small airplanes in 1980, skeptics have continued to question their value. Popov came up with the idea of a whole-airplane parachute after surviving the structural failure of his hang glider, and Cirrus Aircraft subsequently incorporated the safety feature in its SR20/SR22 models. On its website, BRS Aerospace claims 380 lives have been saved by the system, which deploys a parachute that gently returns a disabled aircraft to the ground.

Expert Advice: Traveling by Airplane With COPD

Given the growing population of individuals reaching advanced age, it is anticipated that more people with medical conditions will travel by air. This projection underscores the need for healthcare providers and patients to be knowledgeable about adequate preparation for air travel to minimize the risk for adverse events.

An estimated 12% of in-flight emergencies are attributed to respiratory illnesses, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been cited as the most common reason for pre-flight medical screening.

Tissue Chips Rocket to ISS, NIH Funds

Scientists have recently sent tissue chips, a research technology that reflects the human body, into space. On Dec. 4, the first set of NIH-funded tissue chips that model aspects of the human immune system will launch on SpaceX's 16th commercial resupply mission (awarded by NASA) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the ISS National Lab.

“Greatness” of Innovation Across Medicine, Energy and Aerospace

William "Billy" Cohn, MD, vice president and director of the  Johnson & Johnson Center for Device Innovation at TMC , showcased his invention that makes treatment easier for dialysis patients at the 12th annual  Pumps & Pipes  conference, at a uniquely Houston meeting that assembles leaders from the Bayou's city signature industries: medicine, energy and aerospace.