This health video will focus on how the space program is launching medical breakthroughs.
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Dr. Dean Edell: Space exploration has launched a galaxy of medical discoveries. Dr. Peter Cavanagh: And this just one of the 26 different experiments. Dr. Dean Edell: Breakthrough is now being used to help patients recovering from surgery here on earth. Charlie Walker: There is no way I could have done that much exercise at this stage without it. Dr. Dean Edell: Charlie Walker is recovering from his second knee replacement surgery three months quicker than the first one. The difference maybe this pressure chamber built by NASA to give astronauts artificial gravity in space. On earth the chamber takes away gravity while inside Charlie can get more exercise with less exertion. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic have teamed with NASA to solve health problem that face astronauts and land lovers alike. Dr. Peter Cavanagh: Alright, that the level of exercise that is being done by the astronauts on The International Space Station is not enough to prevent own loss. Dr. Dean Edell: A huge problem on long missions where astronauts lose bone density ten times faster than post menopausal women. Equipment like this may someday beyond bore The International Space Station, but for millions of Americans living with the threat of bone loss there are benefits closer to home. Kathy Brown: It's exciting to see that kind of research and the horizon, even though it's been done astronauts and space could someday benefit me. Dr. Dean Edell: I am Dr. Dean Edell.