Osteoporosis News and Research

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lycopene may help prevent osteoporosis
11/10/2010 - A new study from the University of Toronto suggests that a phytochemical found in tomatoes may help prevent osteoporosis. Calcium researchers at the university examined the link between nutrition and osteoporosis in postmenopausal women, according to the Vancouver Sun.
Actress Portia de Rossi diagnosed with osteoporosis
11/10/2010 - In recent weeks, Portia de Rossi - actress and wife of television personality Ellen DeGeneres - published a book titled Unbearable Lightness. The book chronicles the star's struggles with her sexuality as well as an eating disorder, which ultimately resulted in a diagnosis of osteoporosis, Third Age reports.
Research suggests beta-blockers may prevent osteoporosis fractures
11/08/2010 - A recent study by Australian researchers suggests that cardiovascular medications known as beta-blockers can decrease the risk of osteoporosis-related bone fractures by half. The drugs, which are taken by about 20 percent of the country's population, produced results that were "comparable with anti-osteoporosis medications," according to the Australian Associated Press.
Researchers find potential osteoporosis treatment
11/08/2010 - New research published in the journal Cell Stem Cell, suggests a mechanism that may guide development of better strategies for osteoporosis treatment.
New drug may treat osteoporosis and prevent breast cancer
11/04/2010 - According to a study published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, lasofoxifene - which blocks the effects of estrogen in breast tissue - statistically reduced the overall risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.
Doctors in India gather to discuss high rates of osteoporosis
11/04/2010 - In recent weeks, the Allahabad chapter of the Indian Menopause Society convened to discuss the severity of osteoporosis among women in the country. Secretary of the chapter, Vandana Bansal told the Times of India that the risk of osteoporosis doubles with every fracture.
Fluoride overconsumption may weaken bones and cause osteoporosis
11/01/2010 - In the latest issue of Osteoporosis International, researchers report that fluoride consumption from tea and toothpaste damaged one woman's bones.
Gene found that may contribute to falls in postmenopausal women
10/31/2010 - Research published in the Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences shows that a variant of the gene ACTN3 - which has been linked with muscle strength and power in athletes - is a risk factor for falling in postmenopausal females who are at an increased risk for osteoporosis.
Researchers test safety of new osteoporosis treatment
10/31/2010 - The results of a recent study by Japanese researchers revealed that self-applied ViaDerm-hPTH may be effective in treating osteoporosis.

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