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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.
$11 million NIH grant for Clemson University helps launch new center for musculoskeletal research

$11 million NIH grant for Clemson University helps launch new center for musculoskeletal research

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Muscle mass plays a critical role in health, shows research

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Participation in organized sport during childhood may have long-term skeletal benefits

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New project aims to deliver fast, effective treatment for autoimmune rheumatic diseases

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World Arthritis Day: New campaign raises awareness for early diagnosis of rheumatic diseases

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Using state-of-the-art 3D printers to create dissolvable medical implants

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Thesis sheds new light on women with vertebral compression fractures

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Vitamin D supplements do not improve bone health, concludes study

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New DNA tool can predict people's height and potentially assess risk for serious illnesses

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Novel method promises to reduce production costs for potent form of vitamin K

Study finds strong link between bisphosphonates use and risk of atypical femoral fractures

Study finds strong link between bisphosphonates use and risk of atypical femoral fractures

Study assess potential impacts of cataracts on risks of osteoporosis and fractures

Study assess potential impacts of cataracts on risks of osteoporosis and fractures

GSA endorses Global Call to Action to improve care of people with fragility fractures

GSA endorses Global Call to Action to improve care of people with fragility fractures

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Fracture causes bone density losses throughout the body

Scientists discover and characterize human skeletal stem cells

Scientists discover and characterize human skeletal stem cells

Progenitor cells for human bone and cartilage have been identified

Progenitor cells for human bone and cartilage have been identified

New guidance for treatment of bone loss in hematologic stem cell transplant Recipients

New guidance for treatment of bone loss in hematologic stem cell transplant Recipients

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Key signaling molecule that helps stem cells make healthy bone declines as we age

Endocrine Society announces winners of prestigious 2019 Laureate Awards

Endocrine Society announces winners of prestigious 2019 Laureate Awards

Research uncovers new mechanism involved in bone formation

Research uncovers new mechanism involved in bone formation