Osteoporosis

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.
Bone Disease

Bone disease is a condition that damages the skeleton and makes bones weak and prone to fractures. Weak bones are not a natural part of aging. While strong bones begin in childhood, people of all ages can improve their bone health.

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Researchers develop new strategies to treat osteoporosis

Researchers develop new strategies to treat osteoporosis

Study identifies factors that influence women's decisions regarding therapy options

Study identifies factors that influence women's decisions regarding therapy options

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Oxytocin can aid in the control and prevention of osteoporosis

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Bisphosphonates may be safe and beneficial for osteoarthritis patients

Researchers develop a novel strategy to fight osteoporosis

Researchers develop a novel strategy to fight osteoporosis

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Lung-related factors may help predict smoker's fracture risk

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Panthera’s oncology clinical trial sites in the UK are open for research activities

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Study examines glucocorticoid tapering in rheumatoid arthritis

Impact training improves bone and muscle health in people with Crohn’s disease

Impact training improves bone and muscle health in people with Crohn’s disease

Researchers examine the implications of bisphosphonate drug holidays on fracture risk

Researchers examine the implications of bisphosphonate drug holidays on fracture risk

Inadequate calcium and vitamin D intake increases risk of developing osteoporosis

Inadequate calcium and vitamin D intake increases risk of developing osteoporosis

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Is medication exposing us to hormone-disrupting chemicals?

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Study seeks to explain the decrease in incidence of hip fractures

Study finds link between fewer hip fractures and decreases in smoking, heavy drinking

Study finds link between fewer hip fractures and decreases in smoking, heavy drinking

New review provides an update on management of premenopausal osteoporosis

New review provides an update on management of premenopausal osteoporosis

Novel genetic measure could improve osteoporosis screening

Novel genetic measure could improve osteoporosis screening

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Ten major risk factors for Alzheimer's disease

Genetic markers can improve screening for osteoporotic fracture risk

Genetic markers can improve screening for osteoporotic fracture risk

Exposures during fetal development and early life may affect bone health in adulthood

Exposures during fetal development and early life may affect bone health in adulthood

SFU study could help improve quality of life for seniors in long-term care

SFU study could help improve quality of life for seniors in long-term care