Skeletal response to simulated weightlessness: a comparison of suspension techniques.

@article{Wronski1987SkeletalRT,
  title={Skeletal response to simulated weightlessness: a comparison of suspension techniques.},
  author={Thomas J. Wronski and Emily R. Morey-Holton},
  journal={Aviation, space, and environmental medicine},
  year={1987},
  volume={58 1},
  pages={63-8}
}
The skeletal response to simulated weightlessness was studied in rats subjected to two different methods of suspension. Skeletal unloading of the hind limbs for a two week period was achieved by use of either a back harness or tail traction. In comparison to pair-fed control rats, back-suspended rats failed to gain weight whereas tail-suspended rats exhibited normal weight gain. Quantitative bone histomorphometry revealed marked skeletal abnormalities in the proximal tibial metaphysis of back… CONTINUE READING