Osteoporosis News and Research

Patients, healthcare professionals miscommunicate on osteoporosis prevention, treatment, study finds
01/19/2011 - 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.
Study reveals bones of Chinese-American women may be stronger than those of Caucasian females
01/18/2011 - 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
01/14/2011 - 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.
Study reveals osteoporosis may cause wrinkles and sagging facial skin
01/13/2011 - 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
01/13/2011 - 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.
Hip fracture patients in the UK may not be properly treated for osteoporosis
01/12/2011 - 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.
Organization releases new guidelines for osteoporosis prevention and treatment
01/11/2011 - 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
01/10/2011 - 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
01/06/2011 - 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
01/05/2011 - 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.
Study shows osteoporotic hip fracture rates are rapidly increasing in China
12/30/2010 - According to new research, osteoporosis-related hip fractures are on the rise in Beijing, China. The data was presented at the first Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting in Singapore.
Depression may lead to the development of osteoporosis in women
12/28/2010 - Depression is not only a serious mood disorder, but it may also trigger the development of disease, ABC 7 News reports. Among the health complications that may result from poor mental health is osteoporosis. Previous research has shown that women who experience chronic stress and depression have a tendency to develop bone loss.
Study shows low vitamin D levels may signify osteoporosis-related hip fracture risk in the elderly
12/27/2010 - A new study shows that vitamin D levels may be a reliable tool for determining hip fracture risk in older adults. The research - which was conducted in New Dehli, India - demonstrates how many hip fracture patients have extreme vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin D deficiency in South Asia becoming growing osteoporosis crisis
12/23/2010 - According to reports from the first Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, vitamin D deficiency is a major concern in South Asia.
UK-based medical societies suggest more sun exposure for vitamin D and osteoporosis prevention
12/22/2010 - This week, a number of health organizations based in the UK released a statement on vitamin D in regards to osteoporosis, sun light and other points of confusion for many individuals. According to Medical News Today, the groups wrote "enjoy the sun safely, including a few minutes around the middle of the day without sunscreen."
Study reveals thyroid dysfunction may signify hip fracture risk in older men
12/20/2010 - According to a recent study, older men with thyroid dysfunction may be at an increased risk for hip fracture. Endocrine Today reports that the researchers studied 3,567 men and women with hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism or euthyroidism, who were age 65 or older.
Study shows Singapore population at high risk for osteoporosis
12/15/2010 - Osteoporosis awareness has gradually spread across the world. Scientists in many different countries are currently researching the causes and effects of the condition.
Certain fats may help prevent osteoporosis-related hip bone fractures
12/14/2010 - A new study suggests that different types of fats may help reduce the risk of hip fractures that are related to osteoporosis. The Toronto Sun reports that researchers used data from the Women's Health Initiative to study connections between the incidence of hip fractures and the type of fats that participants consume.
World Health Organization releases osteoporosis calculator for Singapore
12/14/2010 - 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
12/07/2010 - 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
12/07/2010 - 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
12/03/2010 - 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.
Researchers may have found a connection between osteoporosis and heart disease
12/02/2010 - 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.
Study shows obesity may increase risk for osteoporosis
12/02/2010 - 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.
Osteoporosis experts publish report on bisphosphonate use
11/30/2010 - 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.
 

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