As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing approaches, America’s got space travel on the brain, and a study by University of Texas Medical Branch researchers on the health of astronauts could make a big contribution to healthier space voyages in the future.

The study, published in the open source medical journal PLOS One, documents the effect on muscle mass of reduced gravity during space flight missions and the potential of customized exercise and hormone treatments to minimize muscle loss on long journeys.

Kathryn Eastburn: 409-683-5257; kathryn.eastburn@galvnews.com.

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