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Probiotic Therapy for Astronauts, and During Radiation Therapy

Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California A new method to screen the gastrointestinal (GI) tract for radiation sensitivity and radiation-induced gene damage has a number of applications. This technology could be used to assess radiation susceptibility in individuals, such as astronauts, nuclear reactor workers, those undergoing radiation therapy for cancer, and others who may be or have been exposed. The method could also be used to develop and test various probiotic regimens to repopulate the GI tract microbiome to deliver more radiation resistance, or more rapid healing following radiation exposure.

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Methods of Manufacturing Bioactive Gels from Extracellular Matrix Material

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas Biologic scaffolds composed of extracellular matrix material (ECM) have been used for the repair of a variety of tissues including the lower urinary tract, esophagus, myocardium, and musculotendinous tissues, often leading to tissue-specific constructive remodeling with minimal or no scar tissue formation. Although use of ECM as scaffolds for preclinical and clinical tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches to tissue reconstruction is very promising, challenges remain in the process to manufacture bioactive gels from ECM that retain their bioactivity.

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Multi-Parameter Biodosimetric HemoDose Tools

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas There are continuous concerns about the possibility of nuclear and radiological terrorism or accidents that may result in mass casualties in densely populated areas. To guide medical personnel in their clinical decisions for effective medical management and treatment of exposed individuals, biomarkers are usually applied to examine radiation-induced biological changes to assess the severity of radiation injury. Among these, peripheral blood cell counts are traditionally regarded as the most practical and rapid diagnostic indicators.

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Soft-Tissue Emulsification Using a Mechanism of Ultrasonic Atomization Inside Gas or Vapor Cavities

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas The current method of emulsifying tissue employs focused ultrasound with microsecond pulses and cavitation. This invention emulsifies soft tissue using a mechanism of ultrasonic atomization inside gas or vapor cavities. The method of non-invasively treating tissue includes pulsing ultrasound energy from the ultrasound source toward the target site in the tissue. The ultrasound source is configured to emit high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) waves. The target site comprises a pressure-release interface of a gas or vapor cavity located within the tissue. The method continues by generating shock waves in the tissue to induce a lesion at the target site. It additionally includes characterizing the lesion based on a degree of at least one of a mechanical or thermal ablation of the tissue. This work was done by Oleg Sapozhnikov, Michael Bailey, Tatiana Khokholova, Vera Khokholova, and Julianna Simon of the University of Washington for Johnson Space Center. NASA is seeking partners to further develop this technology through joint cooperative research and development. For more information about this technology and to explore opportunities, please contact jsc-techtran@mail.nasa.gov. MSC-25191-1

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5 Ways the Automated Compliance Management System Provides Value for Your Organization

When looking for a Compliance Management system that is ideal for your organization, there is a lot to take into consideration - with so many options out there it becomes difficult to choose the system that will provide the most value.

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Low Friction Plastic Technology For Single-use Drug Delivery Devices

Start-up coefficient of friction and stick-slip (or “stiction”) elimination are dominant performance drivers in single-use drug delivery devices that have moving parts. RTP Company has completed a rigorous investigation that establishes and defines a new friction test to measure and compare plastic-against-plastic friction behavior that occurs at initial startup. This new test uses forces and speeds that characterize the action of injection pens, auto-injectors, stop cocks, inhalers, safety syringes and other devices. This paper describes the newly created friction test method, and its core data point known as Glide FactorSM, as well a series of tests to compare the friction behavior of select polymers and internal lubricants for use in single-use drug delivery devices. The use of internally lubricated plastics can eliminate costly secondary operations to apply a topical lubricant, reduce the total amount of silicone that reaches the patient via the device, and improve the overall quality of the device. The goal of this paper is to share a tribological database that enables device designers to screen plastic-on-plastic friction pairs to optimize safe and effective material selections.

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How to Prevent Step Losses with Stepper Motors

While stepper motors are an excellent solution for many applications, a key concern is step losses. However, in most instances step losses can be prevented or corrected. It is important to remember that a stepper motor does not operate like a DC motor. This white paper from MICROMO engineers provides guidance to determine step losses or non-operation across a variety of applications.

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