Jan 302008


Penumbra, Inc. is a medical device company that had it’s tiny device fast-tracked through the medical trial process by the Federal Gov’t and hopefully it saves a lot of lives that hang in the balance where a one minute delay could mean life or death.

It’s a tiny vacuum cleaner for the brain: A new treatment for stroke victims that promises to suction out clogged arteries in hopes of stopping the brain attack before it does permanent harm.

Here’s the catch -unclogging sometimes does more harm than good in strokes. When the dam is broken and blood rushes into oxygen-deprived brain tissue, it sometimes triggers swelling or a brain hemorrhage. Either can kill.

Read all the details in this medical article.

 Posted by at 12:10 am
Jan 292008

NASA vertical treadmill

See anything odd about that pic above? :)

Watch a short video of the NASA vertical treadmill in action on Earth, this is cool!


From the NASA Press Release:

NASA is using a new treadmill that allows people to run while suspended horizontally to help astronauts prepare for long-duration missions to the moon and beyond.

A team of engineers at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland built the Standalone Zero Gravity Locomotion Simulator to imitate conditions astronauts experience while exercising in space. Exercise in microgravity helps lessen the harmful health effects of long-duration space travel, promoting astronauts’ well-being and mission success.

NASA currently is sending astronauts on six month missions to the International Space Station and plans to launch humans on missions to the moon by 2020. Crew members will benefit from data NASA gathers from bed rest studies conducted with the device. NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, will manage the studies that will be conducted at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. NASA will use the locomotion simulator to develop improved exercise routines for astronauts during spaceflight.

Here’s more pics of the treadmill.

Here’s more information on the NASA exercise projects.

 Posted by at 9:49 pm