Osteoporosis News and Research

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.
Doctors discuss oral bisphosphonates alternatives for osteoporosis patients at international meeting
10/10/2010 - After recent reports linked the osteoporosis medications bisphosphonates to an increased risk of esophageal cancer, a number of physicians world-wide have discussed safer ways to administer the drug. AMEinfo.com reports that at a medical meeting in Dubai titled Optimizing Osteoporosis Treatment, orthopedic surgeons discussed the risk of fracture in osteoporotic patients and the available treatment options.
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.
Study shows that Vitamin D supplements do not improve bone density in healthy children
10/06/2010 - According to a new study published in the Cochrane Systematic Review, giving vitamin D supplements to healthy children with normal vitamin D levels does not improve their bone density.
Specific exercises may help women prevent osteoporosis
10/05/2010 - Primary care physicians often recommend that middle-aged women, particularly those who are petite, engage in weight-bearing exercise in order to prevent osteoporosis. However, many women are unsure of how much weight is necessary, and which exercises offer the greatest benefit.
Study finds alternative medicines are underreported in osteoporosis patients
10/04/2010 - A recent study shows that most complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is not being reported to primary care physicians, which is important as CAMs can have possible clinical interactions, the Irish Medical Times reports.
Researchers find substance in bone that plays a major role in controlling density
10/04/2010 - A recent study conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows how a group of substances in the body play a key role in controlling bone density. This research has led the team to begin development of a drug for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and other bone disorders.
Study shows older men are under-treated for osteoporosis
10/04/2010 - A new study suggests that elderly men are often overlooked for signs of osteoporosis. The research was conducted at the University of Sydney and saw that in a group of 1,626 men aged 70 and older, one-quarter had osteoporosis and should have been receiving subsidized treatment, The Medical News reports.
Eating foods that contain bone-building nutrients may help in preventing osteoporosis
09/30/2010 - Women who want to lower their risk of developing osteoporosis can eat certain foods in addition to other healthy habits. A number of dairy products, produce and nuts contain calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients, EmpowHer reports.
Scientists discuss the ethics of placebo-controlled studies for osteoporosis research
09/29/2010 - In an essay appearing in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, two researchers, Clifford Rosen and Sundeep Khosla, wrote that placebo-controlled trials of new osteoporosis drugs can be performed ethically, if patient selection and other design issues are handled carefully.
Older women who exercise may have lower risk for developing osteoporosis
09/29/2010 - According to research from Oulu Deaconess Institute in Finland, older women with thinning bones, who exercise regularly, may have sustained improvements in their balance and walking speed, and could reduce their risk for osteoporosis.
New study seeks to find the role of proteins in osteoporosis
09/29/2010 - The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently received a $1.76 million grant to identify new methods of diagnosing and treating osteoporosis.
Study reveals many primary care physicians are unaware of new osteoporosis drug
09/29/2010 - A new medication, Prolia, was recently approved for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women at increased risk of fractures or patients who have failed on or are intolerant to other osteoporosis treatment.
Osteoporosis becoming a major issue in Eastern European countries
09/28/2010 - Preliminary findings from an upcoming report conducted by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) reveal the state of post-fracture care in Russia and many other countries in the region. The findings were announced at the IOF Summit of Eastern European and Central Asian Osteoporosis Patient Societies.
New type of CT scan may help researchers analyze osteoporosis
09/23/2010 - A novel nano-tomography method developed by a team of researchers from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen, the Paul Scherrer Institute and the ETH-Zurich brings new light to computed tomography examinations of minute structures at nanometer resolutions. Their first nano-CT images were recently published in the journal Nature.
New laser technology may assist in the diagnosis of osteoporosis
09/22/2010 - According to an article in the current issue of Chemical and Engineering News, portable devices that use a laser beam to probe bones, teeth and other parts of the body for early signs of diseases such as osteoporosis and tooth-decay have recently been invented.
Genetic factor may contribute to risk of osteoporosis
09/22/2010 - Scientists from the University of Barcelona (UB) have discovered that the genetic variant 677C>T, which is a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), may be linked to osteoporotic vertebral fractures.
Vitamin D deficiency may lead to osteoporosis
09/21/2010 - New research suggests that increased vitamin D intake, especially in the form of vitamin D3, may contribute to improved bone strength, according to the Vitamin D Council. Those who do not get enough of the nutrient, such as Gwyneth Paltrow, who recently revealed that she suffers from osteopenia as a result of vitamin D deficiency, may develop more serious conditions such as osteoporosis.
 
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