Osteoporosis News and Research

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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.
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Early menopause tied to multiple health problems later in life

Women who have more sex less likely to have early menopause

Women who have more sex less likely to have early menopause

History of falls can predict fracture risk in postmenopausal women

History of falls can predict fracture risk in postmenopausal women

Bacterial exposure is a potential environmental risk factor in developing coeliac disease

Bacterial exposure is a potential environmental risk factor in developing coeliac disease

Exposure to air pollution associated with poor bone health

Exposure to air pollution associated with poor bone health

Powerful new tool developed to predict spinal fractures in patients

Powerful new tool developed to predict spinal fractures in patients

Parenting your aging parents when they don’t want help

Parenting your aging parents when they don’t want help

New bandage soaks up pro-healing molecule to improve bone repair

New bandage soaks up pro-healing molecule to improve bone repair

A study of customized implant for revision hip replacement

A study of customized implant for revision hip replacement

Women with osteoporosis feel let down by the healthcare system, survey reveals

Women with osteoporosis feel let down by the healthcare system, survey reveals

Efforts to prevent new HIV transmissions must also focus on people already living with HIV

Efforts to prevent new HIV transmissions must also focus on people already living with HIV

Study reveals new mechanism that contributes to bone maintenance and repair

Study reveals new mechanism that contributes to bone maintenance and repair

Experts at AGS-NIA U13 conference provide insights on bone and soft-tissue disorders

Experts at AGS-NIA U13 conference provide insights on bone and soft-tissue disorders

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State-of-the-art expert reviews provide insights into vitamin D research

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Air pollution associated with memory decline and Alzheimer's-like brain atrophy

New IOF-ESCEO position paper provides guidance for management of osteoporosis

New IOF-ESCEO position paper provides guidance for management of osteoporosis

Study: 15,000 cases of hypophosphatasia potentially undetected in Spanish population

Study: 15,000 cases of hypophosphatasia potentially undetected in Spanish population

Receiving multiple fracture-associated drugs may increase hip fracture risk

Receiving multiple fracture-associated drugs may increase hip fracture risk

Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids are not effective at reducing systemic inflammation

Vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids are not effective at reducing systemic inflammation

HIV increases the prevalence of early menopause, shows study

HIV increases the prevalence of early menopause, shows study