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Study: Osteoporosis unlikely to affect balance, cause falls
Most healthcare experts agree that bone loss increases the risk and severity of fractures caused by falling, but new osteoporosis research has asked whether or not the disease may actually cause falls.
UK launches vitamin D test to prevent osteoporosis
A newly released test that determines bodily levels of vitamin D may contribute to osteoporosis prevention by helping clinicians detect vitamin deficiency earlier.
Healthcare organization recommends more, earlier tests for osteoporosis
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (PSTF) has taken a step toward improving national osteoporosis prevention. It has recently updated its testing guidelines, which now recommend that women who are at risk for developing osteoporosis should start getting regular bone health screenings earlier, according to Reuters.
Three-fourths of hip fractures in the elderly are related to vitamin D deficiency, experts say
Researchers from India have found that three-quarters of osteoporosis-related hip fractures are related to vitamin D deficiency, according to statistics delivered at the First Asia-Pacific Regional Osteoporosis Meeting held in Singapore.
Patients, healthcare professionals miscommunicate on osteoporosis prevention, treatment, study finds
Researchers have recently found that, when it comes to osteoporosis management and treatment, patients and their healthcare providers often misunderstand one another and even the disease itself.
Woolly mammoth tusk may help researchers understand osteoporosis
The tusks of a woolly mammoth skull discovered in Canada's Yukon Territory may contribute to osteoporosis research by helping investigators understand the mechanism by which the disease destroys bone tissue.
Study reveals bones of Chinese-American women may be stronger than those of Caucasian females
According to osteoporosis research from scientists at Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Medical Center, pre-menopausal Chinese-American women may have significantly greater bone density than Caucasian females. The study, which is the first of its kind to compare bone structure in these demographic groups, was presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society's annual meeting.
IOF releases new study that reveals gaps in doctor and patient understanding of osteoporosis
According to a new study by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), patients and doctors have very different perceptions of osteoporosis management. The research - which included 844 postmenopausal patients over the age of 55, and 837 doctors from 13 countries - shows the variances between the understanding that patients and doctors have regarding the physical and emotional impacts of the condition.
Hip fracture patients in the UK may not be properly treated for osteoporosis
In recent months, many families in the UK have come forward about the improper care that their loved ones received after experiencing an osteoporosis-related fracture. The Daily Mail reports that every year, there are 76,000 hip fracture cases in Britain.
Study reveals osteoporosis may cause wrinkles and sagging facial skin
A new study led by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center suggests that wrinkles and sagging skin may be a result of aging facial bones, and even osteoporosis. Stylist.com reports that lead study author Dr. Robert Shaw Jr. scanned the facial bones of patients who were 20 to 40 years old, 40 to 64 years old, and 65 and up.
Study shows anti-epileptic drugs may increase osteoporotic-fracture risk in older adults
According to a new study published in the journal Archives of Neurology, anti-epileptic drugs may cause an increased risk for osteoporosis-related fractures in older adults. The authors wrote that anti-epileptic drugs are considered a secondary risk factor for osteoporosis because epilepsy is common in the elderly. In addition, these medications are connected to decreased bone density in post-menopausal women with the condition.
Organization releases new guidelines for osteoporosis prevention and treatment
Osteoporosis affects as many as 44 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. This week, the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) launched new guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. A summary of the report will be published in the next issue of the journal Endocrine Practice.
New research suggests adequate sun exposure may help boost vitamin D absorption and prevent osteoporosis
Despite reports that people should stay out of the sun to prevent for fear of skin cancer, many doctors are encouraging time outside in order to promote vitamin D absorption and prevent osteoporosis. BBC News reports that Cancer Research UK and the National Osteoporosis Society, among other organizations, are suggesting that short and frequent time spent in the sunshine can benefit health.
Osteoporosis groups discuss best fracture risk prediction methods
In recent weeks, the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) released a report which reviews the evidence of bone turnover markers (BTMs) in fracture risk prediction and monitoring of osteoporosis therapy.
Nitroglycerin may build bone mass in osteoporosis patients
According to research from Canada, a drug commonly used to ease chest pain in millions of people with heart disease may prevent bone loss in osteoporosis patients. News channel CTV reports that researchers from Toronto's Women's College Hospital found that nitroglycerin - which is prescribed as a pill, patch or spray to relax blood vessels in the heart - may also build bones.
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