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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.
Cranial ultrasound has greater sensitivity than temporal artery biopsy in diagnosis of GCA

Cranial ultrasound has greater sensitivity than temporal artery biopsy in diagnosis of GCA

A new study presented for the first time today at the European League Against Rheumatism Annual Congress (EULAR 2014), shows that cranial ultrasound has a greater sensitivity than temporal artery biopsy,* and a comparable specificity in the diagnosis of Giant Cell Arteritis (GCA). [More]
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Study presents oxytocin as latest treatment target for age-related muscle wasting

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have discovered that oxytocin -- a hormone associated with maternal nurturing, social attachments, childbirth and sex -- is indispensable for healthy muscle maintenance and repair, and that in mice, it declines with age. [More]
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Vitamin D with calcium can protect against risk of common bone fractures for seniors

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P2Y12 and blood clotting: an interview with Dr. Jacobson, NIH

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Experts from ProfNet network available to discuss timely issues in coverage area

Experts from ProfNet network available to discuss timely issues in coverage area

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FDA approves Trimel’s Natesto nasal gel to treat adult males with low testosterone

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Trimel Pharmaceuticals Corporation announced today that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Natesto (testosterone), formerly CompleoTRT, the first and only testosterone nasal gel for replacement therapy in adult males for conditions associated with a deficiency or absence of endogenous testosterone. [More]
McGill researchers show melatonin supplements may make bones stronger in old rats

McGill researchers show melatonin supplements may make bones stronger in old rats

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Fracture liaison service reduces risk of fragility fractures in older adults

Fracture liaison service reduces risk of fragility fractures in older adults

Studies have shown that anyone age 50 or older who suffers a fragility fracture – a bone break sustained in a fall from a standing height or less – is two to five times more likely to experience a second fracture than someone who hasn't had one. The odds that a person who's suffered two such fractures will have a third are even higher. [More]
Global scientists to discuss latest findings on diagnosis, causes and treatments of ASD

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Study reveals sea salt and table salt have equivalent sodium content

Study reveals sea salt and table salt have equivalent sodium content

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Infosys wins 2014 Simulating Reality contest for innovation in osteoporosis diagnosis

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