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New study seeks to find the role of proteins in osteoporosis
The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently received a $1.76 million grant to identify new methods of diagnosing and treating osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis becoming a major issue in Eastern European countries
Preliminary findings from an upcoming report conducted by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) reveal the state of post-fracture care in Russia and many other countries in the region. The findings were announced at the IOF Summit of Eastern European and Central Asian Osteoporosis Patient Societies.
Hyperthyroidism may lead to increased osteoporosis risk in premenopausal women
The most recent issues of Nutrition & Metabolism features a study on hyperthyroidism and its relation to reduced bone mineral density (BMD) and increased fracture risk in postmenopausal women. Researchers from the Department of Endocrinology at the National University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark found that thyroid hormones and thyroid autoantibodies may have an effect on BMD in premenopausal women.
Study shows that Holocaust survivors have increased risk for osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, which is described as the weakening of bones, can be a result of starvation and emotional stress. These findings were reported in a recent study conducted by Dr Iris Vered of the Endocrine Institute at the Tel Hashomer Hospital in Israel, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Genetic factor may contribute to risk of osteoporosis
Scientists from the University of Barcelona (UB) have discovered that the genetic variant 677C>T, which is a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), may be linked to osteoporotic vertebral fractures.
New type of CT scan may help researchers analyze osteoporosis
A novel nano-tomography method developed by a team of researchers from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the ETH-Zurich brings new light to computed tomography examinations of minute structures at nanometer resolutions. Their first nano-CT images were recently published in the journal Nature.
New laser technology may assist in the diagnosis of osteoporosis
According to an article in the current issue of Chemical and Engineering News, portable devices that use a laser beam to probe bones, teeth and other parts of the body for early signs of diseases such as osteoporosis and tooth-decay have recently been invented.
Individuals who have spinal fractures may be at a greater risk for hip bone breaks
At the 2010 Annual Congress of the Spine Society of Europe, researchers from Helsinki University Central Hospital in Finland explained the results of a study they conducted on bone fractures. Their research concluded that a vertebral fracture that substantially reduces body height should alert orthopedic surgeons of a patient's risk for a hip fracture.
Vitamin D deficiency may lead to osteoporosis
New research suggests that increased vitamin D intake, especially in the form of vitamin D3, may contribute to improved bone strength, according to the Vitamin D Council. Those who do not get enough of the nutrient, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently revealed that she suffers from osteopenia as a result of vitamin D deficiency, may develop more serious conditions such as osteoporosis.
NASA conducts research on osteoporosis in astronauts
In an effort to uncover several mysteries regarding bone loss and osteoporosis, NASA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are awarding grants to biomedical engineers. The funds will provide researchers with access to the unique microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station, in order to uncover why astronauts return from space with weakened bones.
Drugs commonly used to treat osteoporosis may contribute to thigh bone fractures
A number of studies have proved and then disproved that osteoporosis drugs - bisphosphonates - can cause esophageal cancer. However, these medications do have side effects, some of which are quite serious.
Vitamin K2 could boost bone health
Recent research has touted vitamin K2 as being beneficial to heart, bone and brain health. The vitamin can help bones because K2 functions as a contributor to the enzyme that catalyzes the production of osteocalcin - a protein produced by osteoblasts, which are cells responsible for bone formation, Mercola.com reports.
Study: "Sprouty" protein may cause osteoporosis
In the latest edition of The FASEB Journal, researchers from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute record their discovery of a new protein that is responsible for regulating body fat and bone mass, which they named Sprouty.
Medical company releases new tool for spinal surgery
Spinal compression fractures are often caused by osteoporosis, a disease of low bone strength that affects an estimated 10 million Americans. In order to heal these fractures, doctors can perform kyphoplasty, which is a surgical procedure involving a small balloon that is used to create a cavity in the vertebrae. Bone cement is then delivered into the cavity to stabilize the spinal fracture.
Child abuse may increase risks of osteoporosis in adulthood
According to a new study, physical, sexual or psychological trauma suffered in childhood may lead to a weakened immune system later in life. Adults with weakened immune systems often suffer from poor bone and heart health, as well as a number of other bodily issues.

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