Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis the bone mineral density is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone is altered. Osteoporosis risks can be reduced with lifestyle changes and sometimes medication; in people with osteoporosis, treatment may involve both.
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    A small study that comprised of 40 women suggests moderate alcohol consumption, combined with a healthy diet and physical activity, may lower the risk of osteoporosis.
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  • Young men who play volleyball, basketball or other load-bearing sports for four hours a week or more increase bone mass and might gain protection from developing osteoporosis later in life.
  • Early menopause may double the risk of osteoporosis in later life, says a new Swedish study
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    Exercise in the early twenties promotes bone growth may reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life, according to a new study.
  • The effects of osteoporosis
    Screening for osteoporosis could protect against fractures, but experts said for many women, screenings for the bone disease may be unnecessary and suggested that current guidelines may create extra tests and increase costs and unnecessary treatment.
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    A Food and Drug Administration panel has has voted to improve the labeling of a class of osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates, which have been linked to thigh fractures and other side effects.
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    New report reveals low treatment uptake, inadequate implementation of national osteoporosis guidelines and poor adherence to therapy
  • A new report launched today by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) in collaboration with the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations (EFPIA) reveals that the burden of fractures in Europe has been vastly underestimated. The report concludes that in Europe’s five largest countries and Sweden alone, an estimated 2.5 million new fragility fractures occurred in 2010 – the equivalent of 280 fractures per hour. It also showed an astounding eighty deaths per day attributable to fragility fractures.
  • Changing trends in hip fracture incidence around the world
    Osteoporosis constitutes a major public health problem through its association with age-related fractures, most notably those of the hip.
  • New research shows that the Wnt receptor Frizzled-9 (Fzd9) promotes bone formation, providing a potential new target for the treatment of osteoporosis. The study appears online on March 14 in The Journal of Cell Biology (www.jcb.org).
  • A team of researchers led by Vicente Gilsanz, MD, PhD, director of Clinical Imaging at The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles, determined that the onset of puberty was the primary influence on adult bone mineral density, or bone strength. Length of puberty did not affect bone density.
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