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World Health Organization releases osteoporosis calculator for Singapore
The World Health Organization (WHO) has created a tool called the FRAX calculator, which helps physicians evaluate patients for osteoporosis. This week, officials from the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases at the University of Sheffield announced the launch of a FRAX calculator for Singapore.
Study shows osteoporotic vertebral and hip fractures increase the risk for death
A recent study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal reveals that vertebral and hip fractures as a result of osteoporosis may increase the risk of death. The Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study looked at a total of 7,753 randomly selected people aged 50 years and older.
A nutrient-rich diet may prevent osteoporosis
A nutrient-dense diet high in vegetables, fruit and whole grains may reduce the risk for low-trauma fracture, particularly in older women, according to the results of a study reported online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MedScape reports.
Researchers find proteins that could aid in osteoporosis treatment
Scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have identified an activator in a pair of proteins that belong to a protein family which plays key roles in human metabolism and immune function. The discovery could provide new and potentially more effective therapeutic approaches to diseases ranging from diabetes to osteoporosis.
Study shows obesity may increase risk for osteoporosis
A study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America found that having too much internal abdominal fat may increase the risk for osteoporosis.
Researchers may have found a connection between osteoporosis and heart disease
Norwegian studies indicate that people with osteoporosis have a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and vice versa. Now researchers believe they have found a biological system that may explain both disease processes.
Doctor aims to raise awareness of osteoporosis in minorities and men
Advertisements for osteoporosis medications often show middle-aged, Caucasian women. However, older men and minorities are also at risk for the condition, which affects millions of Americans each year.
Osteoporosis experts publish report on bisphosphonate use
Over the past several months, researchers have been discussing the long-term effects of bisphosphonate use. The common osteoporosis drug has been linked to jaw deterioration and thigh bone fractures.
Study shows connection between thyroid dysfunction and hip fractures in older men
New research from University of California Davis Health System finds that older men with thyroid dysfunction have an increased risk of suffering hip fractures. Health Canal reports that this study suggests that screening and treatment for thyroid dysfunction could reduce the incidence of this injury.
Researchers say taking a break from osteoporosis drugs may be beneficial
According to a study conducted at Loyola University Health System, taking time off from certain osteoporosis drugs may be beneficial to bone health. Researchers found that bone density remained stable for three years in patients who took a drug "holiday" from bisphosphonates - a popular class of osteoporosis drugs that can cause fractures in the thigh bones and tissue decay in the jaw bone.
Woman loses case against osteoporosis drug company
A New York jury recently found that Merck & Company's osteoporosis drug Fosamax is not responsible for a Florida woman's dental and jaw problems, Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports.
Changes in tissue molecules may contribute to osteoporosis risk
Scientists are reporting the first direct evidence that a subtle change in the physical properties of a tissue can affect its function. The finding could help in understanding several rare hearing disorders as well as offer insight into such conditions as osteoporosis, arthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Potassium citrate may be effective at treating and preventing osteoporosis
According to a new study, potassium citrate may be effective for preventing and treating osteoporosis, The Times of India reports.
Facial moles may signify lower risk of osteoporosis
A research team from King's College London believes that people with moles have stronger bones than normal, which makes them less likely to develop osteoporosis, The Times of India reports. Other suspected benefits include tauter muscles as well as healthier eyes and heart, according to the Daily Mail.
Study shows low sodium levels may contribute to bone fractures in older adults
According to a study presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 43rd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition, older adults with mildly decreased levels of sodium in the blood, which is known as hyponatremia, can experience increased rates of fractures and falls.

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