NASA funded tech that helps relieve menopause symptom
NASA has financed technologies that aids in the relief of menopausal symptoms.
Fifty One Apparel, located in London, used the agency's Outlast material to develop clothing with temperature-regulating characteristics.
NASA was exploring for ways to increase insulation in spacesuit gloves in the 1980s at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
Johnson has signed a Small Business Innovation Research contract with Triangle Research and Development Corporation to investigate the application of phase-change materials.
As they transition from solid to liquid, the materials retain a constant temperature.
Gateway Technologies, which eventually became Outlast Technologies, purchased exclusive patent rights from Triangle and began selling the material as Outlast.
Fifty One Apparel's founder, a textile marketer named Louise Nicholson, realised that there didn't appear to be any businesses adopting the technology for menopause.
Each year, 1.3 million Americans have menopausal symptoms, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Menopause, which can linger for years, is typically marked by extreme heat sensations known as hot flashes.
It is a 12-month interval after a woman's last menstruation.