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Osteoporosis is a progressive metabolic bone disease that causes a decrease in bone density and gives rise to weak, fragile bones that are prone to fracture. Most commonly, these fractures occur in the spine, wrist and hips when a person falls or bumps into something. If such an event triggers a visit to the doctor, a test of the bone mineral density called a DEXA scan may be performed and reveal osteoporosis.

The term osteoporosis refers to the porous (spongy) state of bone that eventually manifests as the bone’s ability to replenish itself declines over time. When individuals reach the age of around 40, the rate of bone breakdown starts to exceed the rate at which it is replaced, creating increasingly larger holes in the bone that make it less dense and more prone to fracture.

Some of the risk factors for osteoporosis such as gender, age and family history for the condition cannot be changed. However, factors such as diet and activity level can be improved to increase bone strength and individuals are advised to exercise regularly, eat a diet rich in vitamin D and calcium, and quit any smoking or drinking habits.

Osteoporosis is currently thought to be affecting more than 200 million people worldwide but is most common among older, post-menopausal women who have reduced levels of estrogen, an important contributor to bone health.
IOF data shows 93% of US adults are unaware of men’s susceptibility to osteoporosis

IOF data shows 93% of US adults are unaware of men’s susceptibility to osteoporosis

New survey findings released by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) for World Osteoporosis Day show that on average, 93 percent of nearly 1,200 adults surveyed are unaware how common osteoporotic fractures are in men. [More]
The Female Athlete Triad: A medical condition in active girls and women

The Female Athlete Triad: A medical condition in active girls and women

Sophie is a 15 year old cross country runner who has a history of a foot stress fracture and shin splints. Often she does not eat prior to her workouts. [More]
Bone mineral density not linked to musculoskeletal pain

Bone mineral density not linked to musculoskeletal pain

Bone mineral density does not contribute to musculoskeletal pain, researchers report in findings that shed light on the controversy over whether osteoporosis is a painless disease. [More]
Magnesium essential to the activity of vitamin D

Magnesium essential to the activity of vitamin D

Extensive research has shown that vitamin D deficiencies play a major role in the development of dozens of diseases, including breast, prostate and colon cancer, as well as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, psoriasis and mental illness. [More]
Survey finds that 49% of post-menopausal women do not take bone health supplements

Survey finds that 49% of post-menopausal women do not take bone health supplements

Make no bones about it; post-menopausal women are well aware of the risks of brittle bones and fractures; however, a national survey of women taken for AIDP, Inc., the supplier of KoACT, a patented combination of collagen and calcium, found that almost half (49%) are not taking any bone health supplement to address this major health issue. [More]
Zavation releases ZVPlasty Vertebral Augmentation System

Zavation releases ZVPlasty Vertebral Augmentation System

Zavation, LLC., today announced the launch of the ZVPlasty Vertebral Augmentation System. [More]
Scientists identify genetic factors that influence height in individuals

Scientists identify genetic factors that influence height in individuals

An international collaboration of scientists has identified a fifth of the genetic factors that cause height to vary between individuals. [More]
Experiments show that 'unsung' cells are crucial to the process of bone loss caused by bone disorder

Experiments show that 'unsung' cells are crucial to the process of bone loss caused by bone disorder

Experiments in mice with a bone disorder similar to that in women after menopause show that a scientifically overlooked group of cells are likely crucial to the process of bone loss caused by the disorder, according to Johns Hopkins researchers. [More]
Leading experts urge Canadian health-care providers to improve care for people living with SCI

Leading experts urge Canadian health-care providers to improve care for people living with SCI

Leading Canadian spinal cord injury (SCI) experts have launched the unprecedented Spinal Cord Injury: A Manifesto for Change—a call to action and a plea for Canadian health-care providers and stakeholders to work in coordination to improve care and the health of people living with SCI in Canada. [More]
HerKare opens new location in Mansfield, Texas

HerKare opens new location in Mansfield, Texas

HerKare opens a new location today in Mansfield, Texas. This marks HerKare's third center in Dallas-Fort Worth. HerKare recently expanded to Houston area and continues to accelerate their growth plans, making the treatment of hormonal imbalance in women more convenient. [More]
New approach to create treatments for osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases

New approach to create treatments for osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases

Scientists have developed an approach to creating treatments for osteoporosis and autoimmune diseases that may avoid the risk of infection and cancer posed by some current medications. [More]
Mylan releases generic version of Boniva Injection

Mylan releases generic version of Boniva Injection

Mylan Inc. today announced that it has launched Ibandronate Sodium Injection, 1 mg (base)/mL, packaged in 3 mg (base)/3 mL pre-filled glass syringes, which is the generic version of Hoffmann-La Roche's Boniva Injection. [More]

Raloxifene: FDA approved treatment for decreasing fracture risk in osteoporosis

Raloxifene is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment for decreasing fracture risk in osteoporosis. [More]
Authors emphasize benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplements on bone health

Authors emphasize benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplements on bone health

Calcium and vitamin D are essential to keeping bones strong, dense and healthy as we age, as well as preventing bone loss, osteporosis, and skeletal fractures. [More]
Tarsa obtains $10 million senior credit facility to support NDA submission for Ostora tablet

Tarsa obtains $10 million senior credit facility to support NDA submission for Ostora tablet

Tarsa Therapeutics, Inc. today announced that it has secured a $10 million senior credit facility from Oxford Finance LLC and Square 1 Bank. The company intends to use the proceeds to support its plans to file a New Drug Application (NDA) with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its Ostora tablet for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, currently targeted for early 2015. [More]
Research: Oxidative stress predicts hip fracture in postmenopausal women

Research: Oxidative stress predicts hip fracture in postmenopausal women

Oxidative stress is a significant predictor for hip fracture in postmenopausal women, according to new research led by University of Cincinnati (UC) epidemiologists. [More]
Researchers identify predictors of early rehospitalization among patients with COPD

Researchers identify predictors of early rehospitalization among patients with COPD

Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have identified predictors of early rehospitalization among patients hospitalized for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This study was recently published in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. [More]
New approach to predict myeloma patients using calcium isotope analysis

New approach to predict myeloma patients using calcium isotope analysis

A team of researchers from Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic is showing how a staple of Earth science research can be used in biomedical settings to predict the course of disease. [More]
New tool could help reduce number of future potentially fatal hip fractures

New tool could help reduce number of future potentially fatal hip fractures

A new tool is being developed by experts in Manchester which automatically searches medical images for early signs of osteoporosis in the spine by identifying fractures there and could help reduce the number of future potentially fatal hip fractures. [More]
Osteoporosis drugs may not protect women from breast cancer

Osteoporosis drugs may not protect women from breast cancer

Osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates may not protect women from breast cancer as had been thought, according to a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF). [More]