All Osteoporosis Articles

Study shows that breastfeeding for extended periods of time may increase risk for osteoporosis
According to a new study, postmenopausal women who spent longer periods of time breast-feeding their children may be at greater risk of developing osteoporosis, Reuters reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New test may determine early menopause and help women prevent osteoporosis
The first research from the Breakthrough Generations Study, which was recently published in Human Molecular Genetics, could predict early menopause. Although early menopause is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer, women who experience this change are susceptible to other health problems including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and a reduction in fertility.
Indian doctors perform surgery to relieve elderly osteoporosis patient
Doctors from Bangaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, recently performed a pinhole - sutureless - spine surgery on a 75-year-old woman with osteoporosis.
FDA approves new osteoporosis medication
This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a delayed-release formulation of risedronate sodium for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. According to manufacturer Warner Chilcott, Atelvia is equivalent to standard risedronate (Actonel), Endocrine Today reports.
Many individuals are unaware of their risk for osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, which is often referred to as a "silent disease," can result in painful and dangerous fractures, particularly after a fall. Since the condition has no symptoms, falls can be especially bad for people who are unaware they have low bone density.
Eating right and exercising may help prevent osteoporosis
In honor of World Osteoporosis Day, which is October 20, Highmark - a health insurance agency - has released a list of tips for keeping bones healthy and preventing potentially fatal fractures.

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