Osteoporosis News and Research

Blueberries may help strengthen bones, prevent osteoporosis
06/30/2011 - Coming on the heels of several similar investigations, a new study of polyphenols - which give blueberries and other fruits their color - has determined that they may boost bone growth or even prevent osteoporosis.
LRP5 gene may control bone density, potentially leading to osteoporosis treatments
06/12/2011 - Flipping a genetic switch that controls specialized cells in human bone may one day be an effective way to reverse osteoporosis, according to researchers at the Children's Hospital Boston.
Loss of citrate may result in thinning bones, osteoporosis
06/09/2011 - While bones need vitamin D and calcium to avoid becoming brittle or developing osteoporosis, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Ames Laboratory have announced that the compound citrate may contribute to bone strength, too.
Celiac disease quadruples risk of osteoporosis
06/07/2011 - For individuals who are not otherwise at risk for osteoporosis, having celiac disease puts them at more than four times the risk of developing progressive bone loss, according to researchers from the Lancaster University School of Health and Medicine.
Mild hyperthyroidism may increase risk of death among the elderly
06/06/2011 - According to a team of Italian researchers from the University of Parma, having mild, asymptomatic hyperthyroidism - a form of thyroid disease in which the gland overproduces thyroid hormones - can dramatically increase the risk of death among the elderly.
Extent of facial wrinkles may indicate postmenopausal osteoporosis risk
06/05/2011 - Recent scientific inquiry conducted at Phoenix's Kronos Longevity Research Institute has indicated that the severity of a postmenopausal woman's facial wrinkles may predict her risk of osteoporosis.
Researchers say late-life increases in calcium may not reduce osteoporosis-related fracture risk
06/01/2011 - Consuming calcium is an important way to prevent osteoporosis, but new research has suggested that after years of poor diet, a late-life move to supplementation of the mineral may not reduce the risk of fractures or bone loss.
Broken ankles do not necessarily indicate osteoporotic fracture risk among aging women
05/25/2011 - Though a number of studies have associated hip and vertebral pressure fractures with an increased likelihood of osteoporosis, a new study from a team of Canadian researchers indicated that broken ankles do not confer a greater risk of subsequent osteoporotic fractures among women age 50 or older.
Study links fruit, vegetable consumption to lower osteoporosis risk in mature women
05/24/2011 - In order to explore the connection between diet and osteoporosis, a team of Canadian scientists recently conducted a medical literature review of all articles dealing with the link between bone health and the consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Questionnaire helps doctors predict female non-adherence to osteoporosis medications
05/23/2011 - Because individuals who neglect to take treatments for bone loss are at a high risk for fractures, scientists at Boston's Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently created a series of questions designed to help physicians predict which patients will not adhere to their osteoporosis medications.
Synthetic parathyroid hormone, supplements may help heal osteoporosis-related stress fractures
05/22/2011 - Because the long-term use of certain osteoporosis medications paradoxically increases the risk of stress fractures, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco recently investigated the potential that synthetic parathyroid hormone has for treating such injuries.
Researchers calculate the cost of osteoporosis-related hip fractures among elderly care residents
05/19/2011 - While the number of osteoporosis-related fractures that occur in a year is relatively well known, the direct cost of these injuries is rarely quantified, which is why a group of UK scientists recently attempted to do just that.
Osteoporosis medications reduce risk of death in women
05/17/2011 - Due to the increased risk of death associated with osteoporosis, researchers from Australia's Garvan Institute of Medical Research and the University of New South Wales recently analyzed the effect that medications for bone loss have on longevity.
Canadian osteoporosis-related hip fracture rates drop, yet remain significant
05/16/2011 - Due to the negative impact osteoporosis-related hip fractures can have on mobility and quality of life, a team of Canadian researchers recently set out to estimate the risk of such an injury among people age 50 and older.
Gender, primary language affect knowledge of osteoporosis
05/15/2011 - Researchers from Canada and the U.S. recently tested the knowledge of osteoporosis among fracture patients, and what they found is that many men and people who spoke English as a second language (ESL) were less likely to have an adequate understanding of progressive bone loss.
Low bone mineral density increases risks of heart attacks, as well as osteoporosis
05/12/2011 - It is commonly accepted that having a low bone mineral density (BMD) increases the likelihood of osteoporosis, but new research indicates that this skeletal deficiency can also boost the risk of heart attacks for both genders.
Osteoporosis treatment is less common among people with dementia
05/11/2011 - A study conducted by Swedish scientists has concluded that among elderly people with osteoporosis, those who suffer from dementia are less likely than their peers to receive treatments for progressive bone loss.
Scientists tabulate osteoporosis risk factors in aging fracture patients
05/10/2011 - Among aging patients who are admitted for fractures, more than a quarter can be found to have previously undiagnosed health conditions that contribute to the onset of osteoporosis, according to a study conducted in the Netherlands.
Trial finds that osteoporosis drug increases bone turnover but does not lower fracture risk
05/09/2011 - A study conducted by a group of Japanese bone researchers has found that the osteoporosis drug bazedoxifene, which is still in development, stimulates bone turnover but does not decrease fracture risk in postmenopausal women.
Expert panel discusses osteoporosis in men
05/08/2011 - At the recently held Fifth International Conference on Osteoporosis in Men, an international panel of experts discussed clinical agreements and disagreements regarding progressive bone loss among men.
Study confirms that a class of osteoporosis medications confers small risk of atypical fracture
05/05/2011 - A number of studies have suggested that taking bisphosphonates, a common class of osteoporosis medications, entails a small risk of atypical fracture, and a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine supports this hypothesis.
Electrolyte disorder boosts fracture risk in elderly, but connection to osteoporosis is unclear
05/03/2011 - Dutch researchers recently confirmed what several prior reports have suggested about the blood disease hyponatremia - namely, that low levels of sodium in the blood can increase the risk of fractures in elderly people with or without osteoporosis.
Dietary changes may preclude some prescriptions for osteoporosis, researchers say
05/02/2011 - While a number of prescription medications exist to reverse the bone loss associated with osteoporosis, a recent survey of medical literature indicated that many patients should first look into getting more calcium and vitamin D in their diets or through supplementation.
Medication for hypothyroidism may boost fracture risk
05/02/2011 - Elderly patients taking levothyroxine for hypothyroidism may be at an increased risk for bone fractures, according to a new report released by the University of Toronto.
Adults with and without osteoporosis are still falling short of target calcium intakes
05/01/2011 - Among all the minerals in the human body, calcium is the most abundant, which is one reason a group of Connecticut researchers has said that elderly Americans and those with osteoporosis still need to increase their dietary calcium consumption.
 
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