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NASA collaborations bring medical innovations down to earth

You might know about the culinary delights – everything from Tang to freeze-dried ice cream – the space program has added to the American lifestyle. But NASA's Glenn Research Center, just outside Cleveland, has been making significant contributions to health care innovation and medical device development since 1977.

Astronauts’ experiences in space have led to medical innovation, ranging from cataract detectors to a special harness – specifically designed with the anatomical needs of women in mind – used for treadmill workouts in the zero gravity of space.

Jerry Myers Jr., Ph.D., chief of the bioscience and technology branch at the Glenn Research Center, explained many of these devices and innovations journalists on May 22, at an event hosted by the Association of Health Care Journalists' new Cleveland-area chapter.  The Cleveland chapter of SPJ co-sponsored the event.

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