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Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is found in some foods, added to others, available as a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids). Calcium is required for muscle contraction, blood vessel expansion and contraction, secretion of hormones and enzymes, and transmitting impulses throughout the nervous system. The body strives to maintain constant concentrations of calcium in blood, muscle, and intercellular fluids, though less than <1% of total body calcium is needed to support these functions.

The remaining 99% of the body's calcium supply is stored in the bones and teeth where it supports their structure. Bone itself undergoes continuous remodeling, with constant resorption and deposition of calcium into new bone. The balance between bone resorption and deposition changes with age. Bone formation exceeds resorption in growing children, whereas in early and middle adulthood both processes are relatively equal. In aging adults, particularly among postmenopausal women, bone breakdown exceeds formation, resulting in bone loss that increases the risk of osteoporosis over time.
One out of two children not getting enough nutrients needed for their health

One out of two children not getting enough nutrients needed for their health

Quality-improvement project to standardize feeding practices helps micro preemies gain weight

Quality-improvement project to standardize feeding practices helps micro preemies gain weight

UCLA study demonstrates use of magnetic force to manage chronic pain

UCLA study demonstrates use of magnetic force to manage chronic pain

Alzheimer's drug may prevent disease progression if used before symptoms appear

Alzheimer's drug may prevent disease progression if used before symptoms appear

New treatment may be on the horizon for Parkinson's disease

New treatment may be on the horizon for Parkinson's disease

Researchers develop new online tool to more accurately predict heart attack, stroke risk

Researchers develop new online tool to more accurately predict heart attack, stroke risk

Janssen’s Darzalex receives positive CHMP opinion for treating multiple myeloma patients

Janssen’s Darzalex receives positive CHMP opinion for treating multiple myeloma patients

Softening agents added to drinking water may amplify risk of pathogen release

Softening agents added to drinking water may amplify risk of pathogen release

Researcher reveals new way to stimulate bone fracture healing

Researcher reveals new way to stimulate bone fracture healing

Expert explains whether sparkling water is the same as plain water

Expert explains whether sparkling water is the same as plain water

Scientists discover new potential target for treating diabetes

Scientists discover new potential target for treating diabetes

Bioengineers build 3D model of human heart ventricle

Bioengineers build 3D model of human heart ventricle

Drug in clinical trials for Parkinson's disease offers hope for treating heart failure

Drug in clinical trials for Parkinson's disease offers hope for treating heart failure

AbbVie submits supplemental NDA to FDA for venetoclax to treat acute myeloid leukemia

AbbVie submits supplemental NDA to FDA for venetoclax to treat acute myeloid leukemia

Scientists demonstrate a new regulation mechanism for skeletal muscles

Scientists demonstrate a new regulation mechanism for skeletal muscles

Study delves into the role played by Protein Kinase C in synaptic plasticity

Study delves into the role played by Protein Kinase C in synaptic plasticity

Calcium electrotransfer could be used to target cancer cells, study finds

Calcium electrotransfer could be used to target cancer cells, study finds

New study suggests testing urine and blood serum as better way to diagnose myeloma

New study suggests testing urine and blood serum as better way to diagnose myeloma

Captozyme begins cross-over study of Nephure oxalate reducing enzyme

Captozyme begins cross-over study of Nephure oxalate reducing enzyme

Study finds no significant link between whole dairy products and heart disease, stroke

Study finds no significant link between whole dairy products and heart disease, stroke