Osteoporosis News and Research

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.
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.
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.
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.
Study shows that Holocaust survivors have increased risk for osteoporosis
09/20/2010 - Osteoporosis, which is described as the weakening of bones, can be a result of starvation and emotional stress. These findings were reported in a recent study conducted by Dr Iris Vered of the Endocrine Institute at the Tel Hashomer Hospital in Israel, the Jerusalem Post reports.
Hyperthyroidism may lead to increased osteoporosis risk in premenopausal women
09/20/2010 - The most recent issues of Nutrition & Metabolism features a study on hyperthyroidism and its relation to reduced bone mineral density (BMD) and increased fracture risk in postmenopausal women. Researchers from the Department of Endocrinology at the National University Hospital in Copenhagen, Denmark found that thyroid hormones and thyroid autoantibodies may have an effect on BMD in premenopausal women.
Individuals who have spinal fractures may be at a greater risk for hip bone breaks
09/20/2010 - At the 2010 Annual Congress of the Spine Society of Europe, researchers from Helsinki University Central Hospital in Finland explained the results of a study they conducted on bone fractures. Their research concluded that a vertebral fracture that substantially reduces body height should alert orthopedic surgeons of a patient's risk for a hip fracture.
Drugs commonly used to treat osteoporosis may contribute to thigh bone fractures
09/13/2010 - A number of studies have proved and then disproved that osteoporosis drugs - bisphosphonates - can cause esophageal cancer. However, these medications do have side effects, some of which are quite serious.
NASA conducts research on osteoporosis in astronauts
09/12/2010 - In an effort to uncover several mysteries regarding bone loss and osteoporosis, NASA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are awarding grants to biomedical engineers. The funds will provide researchers with access to the unique microgravity environment aboard the International Space Station, in order to uncover why astronauts return from space with weakened bones.
Energy drink consumption may increase risk for osteoporosis
09/12/2010 - Millions of Americans drink energy beverages every day in order to be alert and have increased stamina. However, many of these drinks have dangerous levels of caffeine that may cause conditions such as osteoporosis and cardiovascular disease, Physical Therapy reports.
Vitamin K2 could boost bone health
09/06/2010 - Recent research has touted vitamin K2 as being beneficial to heart, bone and brain health. The vitamin can help bones because K2 functions as a contributor to the enzyme that catalyzes the production of osteocalcin - a protein produced by osteoblasts, which are cells responsible for bone formation, Mercola.com reports.
Medical company releases new tool for spinal surgery
09/01/2010 - Spinal compression fractures are often caused by osteoporosis, a disease of low bone strength that affects an estimated 10 million Americans. In order to heal these fractures, doctors can perform kyphoplasty, which is a surgical procedure involving a small balloon that is used to create a cavity in the vertebrae. Bone cement is then delivered into the cavity to stabilize the spinal fracture.
Study: "Sprouty" protein may cause osteoporosis
08/31/2010 - In the latest edition of The FASEB Journal, researchers from the Maine Medical Center Research Institute record their discovery of a new protein that is responsible for regulating body fat and bone mass, which they named Sprouty.
Proper nutrition may prevent osteoporosis as well as jaw and teeth problems
08/26/2010 - Many people know of the spine and hip fracture risks that are associated with osteoporosis, although few may be aware that the condition can affect teeth and jaw bone as well. Brushing twice daily, flossing and undergoing yearly dentist check-ups are beneficial; however, there are several other steps people can take to prevent oral diseases and bone decay.

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