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Can doctors accurately determine osteoporosis-related fracture risk without using bone scans?
Bone density tests are typically considered an invaluable tool for the diagnosis of osteoporosis, but new research suggests that physicians may be able to ballpark a patient's risk of hip fracture without resorting to bone scans.
For people with osteoporosis, exercise may encourage stem cells to become bone
Numerous public health authorities recommend that osteoporosis patients exercise as a way to build both bone and muscle, and now a seminal study has demonstrated that this skeleton-strengthening effect may be due to the way that physical activity activates certain stem cells.
Few men with osteoporosis-related fractures seek out treatment for bone loss
Osteoporosis affects at least 2 million American males, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), but a new investigation revealed that older men are unlikely to see primary care physicians or seek treatment for bone loss following a fracture.
Researchers explain history of clinical concept of osteoporosis
The concept of osteoporosis as a preventable, human-centric disease is a relatively new notion with a long formative history, one that a pair of Norwegian recently spelled out in an issue of the journal Science, Technology and Human Values.
Dedicated coordinators improve osteoporosis care for patients in smaller communities
Having a dedicated osteoporosis coordinator may help individuals with low bone density pursue the medical attention and preventive care they need following a low-impact fracture.
Doctors may one day use toenail clippings to diagnose osteoporosis
Dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) scans are currently the gold standard for osteoporosis detection, but new bone health exams are developed each year, like a toenail clipping-based test being created by an Irish medical technology firm.
Researchers say seizures related to osteoporosis medication are rare, caused by mitigating factors
The potential side effects of zoledronic acid, a prescription medication used to treat or prevent osteoporosis, include seizures, but research has found that these are exceedingly rare and usually the result of unanticipated drug interactions, hypoglycemia or a history of epilepsy.
Likelihood of wrist fractures varies by age, season, presence of osteoporosis
Individuals who suffer a wrist fracture may have a higher risk of being diagnosed with osteoporosis, and recent research has suggested that the risk of such an injury may hinge on a person's age and the time of the year.
People get tested for osteoporosis when institutes have dedicated bone health clinicians
Getting tested for osteoporosis is not always as simple as going to a doctor and asking for a bone mass density scan, which is one reason why researchers from Toronto analyzed the effects that stem from a fracture clinic's having a dedicated bone health technician.
Bone protein analysis may augment osteoporosis testing technology
Healthcare professionals looking for the signs of osteoporosis typically test bone for its density and calcium content, but new innovations in the field of proteomics may lead to an expansion of such testing to incorporate bone protein exams.
Osteoporosis experiment will go up in final space shuttle mission
As part of an experiment related to progressive bone loss and osteoporosis, 30 mice are slated to be aboard the final space shuttle mission scheduled by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Blueberries may help strengthen bones, prevent osteoporosis
Coming on the heels of several similar investigations, a new study of polyphenols - which give blueberries and other fruits their color - has determined that they may boost bone growth or even prevent osteoporosis.
LRP5 gene may control bone density, potentially leading to osteoporosis treatments
Flipping a genetic switch that controls specialized cells in human bone may one day be an effective way to reverse osteoporosis, according to researchers at the Children's Hospital Boston.
Loss of citrate may result in thinning bones, osteoporosis
While bones need vitamin D and calcium to avoid becoming brittle or developing osteoporosis, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have announced that the compound citrate may contribute to bone strength, too.
Celiac disease quadruples risk of osteoporosis
For individuals who are not otherwise at risk for osteoporosis, having celiac disease puts them at more than four times the risk of developing progressive bone loss, according to researchers from the Lancaster University School of Health and Medicine.
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