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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.
Soy isoflavones may increase bone health
Most people are aware that milk and dairy products provide calcium and vitamin D, which promote bone strength. However, a number of other natural compounds in foods might help strengthen bones as well.
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.
Proper nutrition may prevent osteoporosis as well as jaw and teeth problems
Many people know of the spine and hip fracture risks that are associated with osteoporosis, although few may be aware that the condition can affect teeth and jaw bone as well. Brushing twice daily, flossing and undergoing yearly dentist check-ups are beneficial; however, there are several other steps people can take to prevent oral diseases and bone decay.
Children with bowel disease may have increased risk of developing osteoporosis
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis that affect the intestinal tract. A new study suggests that children with IBD may be at risk for low bone mineral density (BMD).
Study: Osteoporosis-related bone fractures decrease quality of life
According to a recent study, osteoporosis is more common in women who fractured bones when they were younger. The study, which was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, also found that women with this condition experience a similar loss in health-related quality of life as those with arthritis, lung disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
Study: Thyroid function related to bone density
A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reveals that healthy postmenopausal women with slightly elevated levels of thyroid function are at a higher risk for low bone mineral density (BMD) and therefore fractures.
New study suggests link between childhood obesity and poor bone health
Research has shown that overweight children who do not receive enough exercise may be at high risk for type 2 diabetes. However, a study recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggests that these children may also be at risk for osteoporosis.
Long-term PPI use may lead to increased risk for osteoporosis
Individuals who use proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) - a group of drugs whose main action is a long-lasting reduction of heartburn - may experience health benefits as well risks, according to the Cortland Forum.
Study: Bisphosphonate use may not cause esophageal cancer
Some reports have suggested that the use of oral bisphosphonates may be linked to esophageal cancer. However, a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that evidence may not be conclusive.
Researchers find clues about bone deterioration by studying bears
Researchers from Michigan Technological University (MTU) have found clues about disuse osteoporosis in an unlikely place, namely bear bones. Seth Donahue, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at MTU discovered that bears maintain bone formation while they hibernate.
Children with celiac disease may be prone to poor bone health
Celiac disease is an inherited digestive condition, which is triggered by the consumption of the protein gluten, according to the Mayo Clinic. Children with this disease may need to include certain vitamins in their diets in order to prevent weak bones and osteoporosis.

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