Osteoporosis News and Research

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 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.
Many individuals are unaware of their risk for osteoporosis
10/14/2010 - Osteoporosis, which is often referred to as a "silent disease," can result in painful and dangerous fractures, particularly after a fall. Since the condition has no symptoms, falls can be especially bad for people who are unaware they have low bone density.
FDA approves new osteoporosis medication
10/14/2010 - This week, the Food and Drug Administration approved a delayed-release formulation of risedronate sodium for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. According to manufacturer Warner Chilcott, Atelvia is equivalent to standard risedronate (Actonel), Endocrine Today reports.
Osteoporosis drugs may increase stroke risk in cancer patients
10/13/2010 - New research reveals that cancer patients who are treated with osteoporosis-fighting drugs such as bisphosphonates are at an increased risk for abnormal heart rhythms and stroke. The study appears in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
European conference discusses prevention of spinal fractures
10/13/2010 - At a press conference held in Belgium this week, the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the Belgian Bone Club and the European Parliament Osteoporosis Interest Group called on healthcare professionals and health policy officials in Europe to take action to prevent spinal fractures.
Eating right and exercising may help prevent osteoporosis
10/12/2010 - In honor of World Osteoporosis Day, which is October 20, Highmark - a health insurance agency - has released a list of tips for keeping bones healthy and preventing potentially fatal fractures.
Researchers find new method for studying infections in orthopedic implants
10/10/2010 - Many osteoporosis sufferers receive orthopedic implants to replace bone or cartilage that has deteriorated. Despite advances in design, hospitals have been unable to address bacterial infection, which is the leading cause of failure in this procedure. In an effort to improve this process, researchers from the Stevens Institute of Technology found a new method for studying bacterial infections in the implants.
Study shows prostate cancer treatment may cause bone decay
10/07/2010 - Researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia recently found that a common treatment for prostate cancer called androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) may cause bone decay.
Ultrasound device may improve bone healing
10/07/2010 - A recent report published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders shows how the use of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in patients with tibial fractures may speed up the healing process and increase bone mineral density (BMD). This information may be beneficial to osteoporosis patients who suffer from painful bone fractures.
Doctors see increase in patients with osteoporosis symptoms in feet
10/06/2010 - According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, osteoporosis is frequently referred to as the "silent crippler" since it often progresses without any symptoms or is not diagnosed until a person experiences pain from a bone fracture. The college recently reported that unexplained foot fractures may be the first sign of osteoporosis.
 

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