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    Results Significant for NASA-funded Effort to Reduce Bone Loss in Space

    Need a vibrating floor pad, this is interesting, i hope i can track more down, doubt they were thinking of us.

    Two Stony Brook Studies Say Mechanical Stimuli Effective In Treatment Of Osteoporosis
    Results Significant for NASA-funded Effort to Reduce Bone Loss in Space

    STONY BROOK, N.Y., March 3, 2004 - Two studies using a novel non-invasive, non-pharmacologic intervention for the prevention of osteoporosis showed a significant improvement for post-menopausal women and children with cerebral palsy, where bone fragility is of particular concern. The studies, which appear in the March issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, were led by Clinton Rubin, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Center for Biotechnology and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Stony Brook University, and a national expert on osteoporosis.

    The intervention is based on "loading" the skeleton of the standing subject with extremely small vibrations, mimicking what active muscles do when the body is taking short, quick steps. Twenty million people in our country alone suffer from osteoporosis. Further, the disease is considered one of the greatest obstacles to extended human presence in space.

    The Stony Brook research also may have consequences for the planned manned Mission to Mars. Loss of bone density and strength is compounded in extended space flight and Dr. Rubin and two Stony Brook colleagues, Drs. Stefan Judex and Yi-Xian Qin, have received an multi-year award from NASA to develop a "prospective flight experiment"? that currently in the design and development stage at Stony Brook. The goal of this project will be to adapt the vibration platform for use by astronauts in the International Space Station as a countermeasure for microgravity induced osteoporosis. Perhaps, in this way, the skeleton can be "tricked" into thinking it is still subject to earth's gravitational loading.


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