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When I was in medical school, I learned some very disturbing news, during one lecture, that I will never forget. The lecturer shared with us the findings of a study, that evaluated access to health care, demographic data, in two neighboring states, that shared similar economic levels, but had very different picture, when it came to the health of their citizens.

Regular mental imagery exercises help preserve arm strength during 4 weeks of immobilization, researchers have found. Strength is controlled by a number of factors — the most studied by far is skeletal muscle. However, the nervous system is also an important, though not fully understood, determinant of strength and weakness. In this study, researchers set out to test how the brain’s cortex plays into strength development.

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