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Gene found that may contribute to falls in postmenopausal women
Research published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences shows that a variant of the gene ACTN3 - which has been linked with muscle strength and power in athletes - is a risk factor for falling in postmenopausal females who are at an increased risk for osteoporosis.
Research reveals topical nitroglycerin may prevent osteoporosis
According to the results of a two-year trial presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2010 Annual Meeting, nitroglycerin applied topically could increase bone formation and reduce bone loss in women with osteopenia. It may also prove to be an effective and inexpensive treatment to prevent osteoporosis, MedScape Today reports.
Researchers test safety of new osteoporosis treatment
The results of a recent study by Japanese researchers revealed that self-applied ViaDerm-hPTH may be effective in treating osteoporosis.
UK healthcare system offers new osteoporosis treatment
A new treatment for women who have an increased risk of osteoporotic fractures will be available as part of the National Health Service (NHS) - which is a publicly funded healthcare system in the UK.
Medical school to conduct trial for new osteoporosis treatment
The Medical College of Wisconsin will conduct clinical trials at Froedtert Hospital to assess the safety and effectiveness of a new vertebral augmentation treatment (Kiva) for painful vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) that were caused by osteoporosis.
British scientists discover new osteoporosis detection technique
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed new imaging technology, which they said does a more complete job of detecting bone weakness compared to existing bone density and multidetector computed tomography (CT) tests, McKnights reports.
Researchers develop new substance for bone grafts in osteoporosis patients
Bone tissue grafts often can pose a significant obstacle to orthopedic surgeons who attempt to repair complex fractures or large areas of bone loss, such as those caused by trauma and osteoporosis. Current synthetic substitutes can lack bone-like properties that are needed for successful grafting. In response to these challenges, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have developed a synthetic bone material called FlexBone.
Study shows new treatment may help postmenopausal women with osteoporosis
Recent data from two studies shows that zoledronic acid is effective at reducing fracture risk in postmenopausal women. Endocrine Today reports that results of a study of more than 1,200 postmenopausal osteoporotic women show that annual doses of zoledronic acid maintained bone mineral density (BMD) for six years.
International Osteoporosis Foundation seeks to raise awareness about spinal fractures
A new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) for World Osteoporosis Day draws attention to the severe impact of spinal fractures and calls on health professionals to recognize warning signs in their patients.
World-wide osteoporosis assessment program may have flaws in clinical practice
The World Health Organization's osteoporosis fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX) has many strengths, but can still limit clinicians, according to two speakers at the North American Menopause Society's 21st Annual Meeting.
Researchers use infrared light to find signs of osteoporosis
Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York are developing a new way to monitor bone health and search for signs of osteoporosis using infrared light. At Frontiers in Optics 2010, Jason Maher, Andrew Berger and their colleagues will present ongoing studies of the effects of steroids on the bones of mice.
Researcher calls for increased male osteoporosis risk awareness
Osteoporosis is a significant public health problem for men, according to Nelson Watts, director of the University of Cincinnati Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center. However, when to screen men for osteoporosis is dependent on age and risk factors, Endocrine Today reports.
Doctors suggest osteoporosis can affect young people with poor diet
Experts say that osteoporosis no longer exclusively affects the elderly, and that poor diet and lack of exercise are putting many younger people at risk for the condition.
Women with normal BMD may require less frequent osteoporosis screenings
Since 2002, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that women ages 65 and older be routinely screened for osteoporosis every two years. However, a new study led by Margaret L. Gourlay of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine finds that women ages 67 years and older with normal bone mineral density (BMD) scores may not need screening again for 10 years.
Study shows vitamin D deficiency in IBD patients may lead to osteoporosis
A new study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's 75th Annual Scientific meeting suggests that vitamin D deficiency puts patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at greater risk of osteoporosis, osteopenia and an overall higher rate of abnormal bone density.

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