Posts Tagged "Osteoporosis"

The Weights We Bear in Combatting Osteoporosis

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Physical Therapy | 0 comments

Here on Earth, we may reasonably assume that the zero-gravity conditions experienced by astronauts in space would be relatively easy on the body. But this simply isn’t so, especially where astronaut’s bones are concerned, confirms Raj Acharya, head of computer science and engineering at Penn State University and a former research fellow at NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense. Why is this? According to Acharya, it’s because astronauts miss out on weight-bearing exercises, the types of exercise we get here on Earth by simply moving around through gravity’s resistance. And the lack of such...

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