Osteoporosis News and Research

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.
Child abuse may increase risks of osteoporosis in adulthood
08/26/2010 - According to a new study, physical, sexual or psychological trauma suffered in childhood may lead to a weakened immune system later in life. Adults with weakened immune systems often suffer from poor bone and heart health, as well as a number of other bodily issues.
Children with bowel disease may have increased risk of developing osteoporosis
08/25/2010 - Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a group of chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis that affect the intestinal tract. A new study suggests that children with IBD may be at risk for low bone mineral density (BMD).
Soy isoflavones may increase bone health
08/23/2010 - Most people are aware that milk and dairy products provide calcium and vitamin D, which promote bone strength. However, a number of other natural compounds in foods might help strengthen bones as well.
Study: Thyroid function related to bone density
08/23/2010 - A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism reveals that healthy postmenopausal women with slightly elevated levels of thyroid function are at a higher risk for low bone mineral density (BMD) and therefore fractures.
Study: Osteoporosis-related bone fractures decrease quality of life
08/22/2010 - According to a recent study, osteoporosis is more common in women who fractured bones when they were younger. The study, which was published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, also found that women with this condition experience a similar loss in health-related quality of life as those with arthritis, lung disease, diabetes and other chronic illnesses.
Long-term PPI use may lead to increased risk for osteoporosis
08/19/2010 - Individuals who use proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) - a group of drugs whose main action is a long-lasting reduction of heartburn - may experience health benefits as well risks, according to the Cortland Forum.
New study suggests link between childhood obesity and poor bone health
08/19/2010 - Research has shown that overweight children who do not receive enough exercise may be at high risk for type 2 diabetes. However, a study recently published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggests that these children may also be at risk for osteoporosis.
Researchers find potential cause of valproate's bone loss effects
08/17/2010 - Adults who suffer from neurological conditions such as bipolar disorder and epilepsy are often given the drug valproate as part of ongoing treatment. However, long-term use of this medication is known to cause bone loss, which could lead to osteoporosis.
Thyroid hormone screenings may help prevent osteoporosis
08/17/2010 - In order to prevent osteoporosis, many medical professionals recommend weight-bearing exercise and increased calcium intake. However, post-menopausal women may also benefit from routine thyroid hormone screenings, as endocrine imbalances may cause bone mineral density (BMD) loss.
Researchers find clues about bone deterioration by studying bears
08/15/2010 - Researchers from Michigan Technological University (MTU) have found clues about disuse osteoporosis in an unlikely place, namely bear bones. Seth Donahue, an associate professor of biomedical engineering at MTU discovered that bears maintain bone formation while they hibernate.
Study: Bisphosphonate use may not cause esophageal cancer
08/12/2010 - Some reports have suggested that the use of oral bisphosphonates may be linked to esophageal cancer. However, a recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that evidence may not be conclusive.
Children with celiac disease may be prone to poor bone health
08/12/2010 - Celiac disease is an inherited digestive condition, which is triggered by the consumption of the protein gluten, according to the Mayo Clinic. Children with this disease may need to include certain vitamins in their diets in order to prevent weak bones and osteoporosis.
Certain foods may contribute to osteoporosis
08/09/2010 - Americans who are concerned about eventually having osteoporosis may want to reconsider the foods that they eat. According to Helium.com, weight loss diets have been associated with up to 25 percent of osteoporosis cases, due to improper levels of nutrients. In order to promote good bone health, people may want to eat balanced diets and avoid certain foods.
Fad dieters may be missing important food groups
08/09/2010 - America's obsession with dieting is affecting the health of the female population. According to a new study by the Daily Telegraph, almost a third of women cut out entire food groups in an attempt to lose weight, which could result in malnutrition. Women who stop eating dairy may be missing crucial nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D, which promote good bone health.
Osteoporosis medication may increase risk of hip fracture
08/05/2010 - In order to slow bone loss, many doctors prescribe bisphosphonates to Americans with osteoporosis. Despite the drug's intended purpose of warding off the condition, many people are suffering from brittle bones after taking it for more than five years, USA Today reports.
 
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