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Older people get weaker during bed rest

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39198.635035.80 (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:926

Older people lose substantial amounts of skeletal muscle when they stay in bed for more than a week, according to an experiment in healthy volunteers. Twelve men and women with a mean age of 67 had a series of tests before and …

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