Osteoporosis News and Research

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.
Study shows connection between thyroid dysfunction and hip fractures in older men
11/30/2010 - 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.
Doctor aims to raise awareness of osteoporosis in minorities and men
11/29/2010 - 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.
Facial moles may signify lower risk of osteoporosis
11/24/2010 - 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.
Woman loses case against osteoporosis drug company
11/24/2010 - 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.
Potassium citrate may be effective at treating and preventing osteoporosis
11/24/2010 - According to a new study, potassium citrate may be effective for preventing and treating osteoporosis, The Times of India reports.
Researchers say taking a break from osteoporosis drugs may be beneficial
11/22/2010 - 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.
Study shows low sodium levels may contribute to bone fractures in older adults
11/22/2010 - 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.
Men may be at higher risk for complications related to osteoporosis fractures
11/18/2010 - When women hit menopause, their bone loss declines sharply. For men, the bone loss is much more gradual. However, doctors say if a man should suffer a fracture, the risk of complication is much worse, according to ABC news.
Changes in tissue molecules may contribute to osteoporosis risk
11/18/2010 - 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.
Study shows why people with anorexia are at higher risk for osteoporosis
11/18/2010 - Recent research reveals that people with the eating disorder anorexia nervosa have excess levels of fat in their bone marrow, which could explain why those with the condition lose bone mass and sometimes develop osteoporosis. The disorder, which affects mainly young women, leads to extremely low body weight and an obsessive fear of weight gain.
Flax seed oil may reduce the risk of osteoporosis
11/17/2010 - Researchers at the National Research Center in Cairo, Egypt have released a statement saying that flax seed oil may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis or bone loss, The Brilliant Stories reports.
Researchers are developing new osteoporosis treatment
11/17/2010 - Endocrinologists at the University of Pittsburgh (UP) are in the process of developing a treatment of osteoporosis using a naturally occurring hormone that promises to strengthen weakened bones, according to The Brilliant Stories.
Osteoporosis becoming major health issue for Pakistani women
11/16/2010 - One out of every three women over the age of 50 in Pakistan is suffering from osteoporosis, health experts have said.
European healthcare leaders gather to discuss osteoporosis
11/16/2010 - In order to discuss how osteoporosis is affecting the world, several global leaders in health are meeting throughout the next year. March 2011 will see the largest gathering of bone health experts, researchers, clinicians and osteoporosis patient societies in Europe.
People with HIV may be at higher risk for osteoporosis
11/15/2010 - A new study shows that people with HIV may be more likely to develop bone disease, according to Reuters.
Court examines osteoporosis drug lawsuit
11/15/2010 - In recent weeks, reports have shown that osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates can cause bone breakage after extended use. Currently, the Manhattan Trial Court is examining a lawsuit filed by 1,400 people against Fosomax, an osteoporosis drug manufactured by Merck, Top News reports.
New approach to medicine aims to prevent diseases such as osteoporosis
11/11/2010 - A new approach to healthcare called "Desktop Medicine" is emerging, in which the emphasis on diagnosing diseases and treating symptoms is shifted to identifying risk factors for medical conditions, such as hypertension and osteoporosis, and intervening before they develop. An article on the topic appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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