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Discovery

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Muscle Wastage

September 8th, 2010

Episode 1 of 565 episodes

We're all familiar by now with being told to "use it or lose it" when it comes to certain aspects of our health and bodies, and never more so than for muscles. But in this edition of Discovery, Vivienne Parry hears how new research into muscle wastage is turning the accepted view on its head. Startling results from a large-scale study have seen elderly peoples' muscles completely rebuilt through diet and exercise. The detailed molecular pathways within muscles are beginning to be understood well enough for drug companies to target new ways of replacing what is lost, offering hope to the many thousands of people who suffer from muscle wastage due to illness or ageing.

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