Osteoporosis News and Research

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.
Research reveals topical nitroglycerin may prevent osteoporosis
10/31/2010 - According to the results of a two-year trial presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research 2010 Annual Meeting, nitroglycerin applied topically could increase bone formation and reduce bone loss in women with osteopenia. It may also prove to be an effective and inexpensive treatment to prevent osteoporosis, MedScape Today reports.
Medical school to conduct trial for new osteoporosis treatment
10/28/2010 - The Medical College of Wisconsin will conduct clinical trials at Froedtert Hospital to assess the safety and effectiveness of a new vertebral augmentation treatment (Kiva) for painful vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) that were caused by osteoporosis.
UK healthcare system offers new osteoporosis treatment
10/28/2010 - A new treatment for women who have an increased risk of osteoporotic fractures will be available as part of the National Health Service (NHS) - which is a publicly funded healthcare system in the UK.
British scientists discover new osteoporosis detection technique
10/28/2010 - Scientists at the University of Cambridge have developed new imaging technology, which they said does a more complete job of detecting bone weakness compared to existing bone density and multidetector computed tomography (CT) tests, McKnights reports.
Study shows that breastfeeding for extended periods of time may increase risk for osteoporosis
10/25/2010 - According to a new study, postmenopausal women who spent longer periods of time breast-feeding their children may be at greater risk of developing osteoporosis, Reuters reports.
Study shows new treatment may help postmenopausal women with osteoporosis
10/25/2010 - Recent data from two studies shows that zoledronic acid is effective at reducing fracture risk in postmenopausal women. Endocrine Today reports that results of a study of more than 1,200 postmenopausal osteoporotic women show that annual doses of zoledronic acid maintained bone mineral density (BMD) for six years.
Researchers develop new substance for bone grafts in osteoporosis patients
10/25/2010 - Bone tissue grafts often can pose a significant obstacle to orthopedic surgeons who attempt to repair complex fractures or large areas of bone loss, such as those caused by trauma and osteoporosis. Current synthetic substitutes can lack bone-like properties that are needed for successful grafting. In response to these challenges, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have developed a synthetic bone material called FlexBone.
Researcher calls for increased male osteoporosis risk awareness
10/24/2010 - Osteoporosis is a significant public health problem for men, according to Nelson Watts, director of the University of Cincinnati Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center. However, when to screen men for osteoporosis is dependent on age and risk factors, Endocrine Today reports.
World-wide osteoporosis assessment program may have flaws in clinical practice
10/24/2010 - The World Health Organization's osteoporosis fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX) has many strengths, but can still limit clinicians, according to two speakers at the North American Menopause Society's 21st Annual Meeting.
International Osteoporosis Foundation seeks to raise awareness about spinal fractures
10/20/2010 - A new report issued by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) for World Osteoporosis Day draws attention to the severe impact of spinal fractures and calls on health professionals to recognize warning signs in their patients.
Researchers use infrared light to find signs of osteoporosis
10/20/2010 - Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York are developing a new way to monitor bone health and search for signs of osteoporosis using infrared light. At Frontiers in Optics 2010, Jason Maher, Andrew Berger and their colleagues will present ongoing studies of the effects of steroids on the bones of mice.
Doctors suggest osteoporosis can affect young people with poor diet
10/19/2010 - Experts say that osteoporosis no longer exclusively affects the elderly, and that poor diet and lack of exercise are putting many younger people at risk for the condition.
Women with normal BMD may require less frequent osteoporosis screenings
10/18/2010 - Since 2002, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that women ages 65 and older be routinely screened for osteoporosis every two years. However, a new study led by Margaret L. Gourlay of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine finds that women ages 67 years and older with normal bone mineral density (BMD) scores may not need screening again for 10 years.
Study shows vitamin D deficiency in IBD patients may lead to osteoporosis
10/18/2010 - A new study presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's 75th Annual Scientific meeting suggests that vitamin D deficiency puts patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) at greater risk of osteoporosis, osteopenia and an overall higher rate of abnormal bone density.
New test may determine early menopause and help women prevent osteoporosis
10/18/2010 - The first research from the Breakthrough Generations Study, which was recently published in Human Molecular Genetics, could predict early menopause. Although early menopause is associated with a decreased risk of breast cancer, women who experience this change are susceptible to other health problems including osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease and a reduction in fertility.
Indian doctors perform surgery to relieve elderly osteoporosis patient
10/17/2010 - Doctors from Bangaluru, the capital of the Indian state of Karnataka, recently performed a pinhole - sutureless - spine surgery on a 75-year-old woman with osteoporosis.
 
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