Bone Loss

STUDYING BEHAVIOR IN SPACE SHOWS MICE ADAPT TO MICROGRAVITY

NASA is preparing to send astronauts on journeys that will include longer stretches in microgravity – to the Moon and onward to Mars. Understanding how basic biology works in space will help astronauts adapt and thrive during long duration missions. To better understand how space affects astronauts, researchers often study other model organisms, like mice, […]

MICE STUDIES IN SPACE OFFER CLUES ON BONE LOSS

Astronauts know their bodies will be tested during time spent on the International Space Station, from the 15 daily sunrises and sunsets wreaking havoc on their circadian rhythms to the lack of gravity that weakens bone density and muscle. NASA is working to counteract these otherworldly challenges to enable long-term human exploration of space. For […]

STAYING STRONG: SPACEFLIGHT MUSCLE LOSS STUDY AIMS TO BENEFIT PATIENTS ON EARTH

“Exercise and eat right” is a common prescription for maintaining muscle and building bone, but more advanced solutions are needed to address serious diseases that lead to loss of muscle function in the general population. The International Space Station is providing researchers a unique opportunity to study muscle loss and to investigate means for muscle […]

AN ORANGE A DAY KEEPS SCURVY AWAY

Centuries ago, ships often sailed with crews numbering in the hundreds returning with tens. Cause of death: Scurvy – a severe depletion of Vitamin C. Today’s explorers cross miles of space with no hope of finding an island with food and nutrients along the way. All nutritional needs must be met aboard. “Nutrition is vital […]

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