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CT technique eliminates the need for X-rays in trauma patients with possible spinal fractures
When trauma patients receive a computed tomography (CT) scan of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis, a technique called CT spine reformatting eliminates the need for X-rays of the thoracic and/or lumbar spine to detect spinal fractures. This technique can lower cost and overall patient radiation exposure, according to a study to be presented at the ARRS 2010 Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. (2010-05-06)

Dietary protein may reduce hip fractures in the elderly
Seniors who consume a higher level of dietary protein are less likely to suffer hip fractures than seniors whose daily dietary protein intake is less, according to a new study by the Institute for Aging Research of Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. (2010-05-05)

World's largest global osteoporosis congress opens in Florence, Italy
A record number of researchers and clinicians from some 100 countries gathered today in Florence, Italy to share new information about osteoporosis, a serious chronic disease which leads to weakened bones and fractures in as many as one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50. (2010-05-05)

Those who exercise when young have stronger bones when they grow old
The positive effects of exercise while growing up seem to last longer than previously believed. New findings suggest that physical activity when young increases bone density and size, which may mean a reduced risk of osteoporosis later in life, reveals a thesis from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (2010-05-03)

Women want answers, but what questions should be asked?
One in two women in the United States will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in her lifetime. However, according to a review article published in the May 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, only a few of these women will be tested and treated for osteoporosis, which if identified and treated, could dramatically decrease their risk of future fractures. (2010-05-03)

JGH researchers help pinpoint osteoporosis genes
A team of international researchers has identified 20 genes associated with osteoporosis and bone weakness, including 13 genes never previously associated with the disease. Osteoporosis is a highly heritable trait, but this marks the largest international effort to conclusively identify genes linked to the often-devastating bone disorder. (2010-05-03)

Register now for the IOF Regionals -- 1st Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting
The International Osteoporosis Foundation invites you to attend the IOF Regionals: 1st Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting to be held in Singapore from Dec. 10-13, 2010. Online registration and abstract submission is now open. (2010-04-21)

Most women unaware of risk for debilitating fractures
GLOW, a large, international observational study involves more than 60,000 postmenopausal women aged 55 and older in 10 countries in Australia, Europe and North America. (2010-04-09)

Most women unaware of risk for debilitating fractures
Underscoring what researchers call a serious global public health concern, results from a new study led by Columbia University Medical Center reveal that many women at an elevated level of risk for osteoporosis-associated fractures fail to perceive the implications of the risk factors. (2010-04-07)

Most women unaware of risk for debilitating fractures
Underscoring what researchers call a serious international public health concern, results from the Global Longitudinal Study of Osteoporosis in Women showed that among women at an elevated level of risk for osteoporosis-associated fractures, there is a failure to perceive the implications of having important risk factors. (2010-04-02)

Hip surgery success partially predicted by number of other existing conditions
Hip fractures are the second leading cause of hospitalization of elderly patients. In many cases, a hip fracture is the first step in a complete decline in the patient's health, setting off a long list of potential complications. According to a new study published in the April 2010 issue of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, a person's pre-surgical health classification -- as determined by the American Society of Anesthesiologists -- is a leading indicator as to how well the person will fare after surgery to repair the hip fracture. (2010-04-01)

Singapore program to provide clinical insight; showcase for regional research
An exciting scientific program is planned for the IOF Regionals: Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting, to be held in Singapore from Dec. 10-13, 2010. It will provide clinicians, orthopaedists and other health professionals with the latest information on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis and related fractures. Delegates are invited to showcase their research by submitting abstracts for publication in Osteoporosis International. This is a unique opportunity to provide international visibility for regional research in one of the field's most cited bone journals. (2010-03-24)

Benefits of osteoporosis treatments outweigh possible risk of rare femoral fractures
The occurrence of an unusual type of fracture of the femur, or the thigh bone, is very low in patients with osteoporosis, including those treated with the drug family known as bisphosphonates, according to a new study led by a team of UCSF epidemiologists. (2010-03-24)

X-rays often inaccurate in the diagnosis of hip and pelvic fractures
Radiographs (standard X-rays) are often inconclusive in the detection of hip and pelvic fractures in the emergency department, according to a study in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology. (2010-03-22)

Height loss in postmenopausal women may indicate spinal fracture
Loss of height in postmenopausal women may indicate a vertebral fracture, states an article in CMAJ. (2010-03-22)

Vertebroplasty: Integral to treating back pain in blood marrow cancer patients
Treating non-osteoporotic compression fractures in patients with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, shows that the use of vertebroplasty -- a minimally invasive treatment performed by interventional radiologists using imaging guidance that stabilizes collapsed vertebrae with the injection of medical-grade bone cement into the spine -- results in a reduction of pain, medication usage and disability, according to researchers in the largest study of its kind at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 35th Annual Scientific Meeting in Tampa, Fla. (2010-03-15)

Vertebroplasty for patients with osteoporosis provides effective pain relief
Patient selection is key for vertebroplasty -- a minimally invasive treatment performed by interventional radiologists in individuals with painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures that fail to respond to conventional medical therapy -- to be effective and successful, according to a study of more than 1,500 persons who were followed over seven years. Additionally, collaboration between an interventional radiologist and other medical experts in treating a patient is imperative, say researchers at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 35th Annual Scientific Meeting in Tampa, Fla. (2010-03-15)

ATV and motocross sports -- high velocity toys merit caution
Over the years, all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motocross motorcycles have gained popularity and marketed as toys to consumers. (2010-03-10)

Quantity vs. quality: Long-term use of bone-building osteoporosis drugs
Bisphosphonate treatments, proven to enhance bone density and reduce fracture incidence in post-menopausal women, may adversely affect bone quality and increase risk of atypical fractures of the femur when used for four or more years, according to preliminary research presented today at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. (2010-03-10)

Breakthroughs in treatment of spine and back conditions
Approximately 21 million visits were made to physicians' offices due to back problems in 2006. While countless adults experience back pain and stiffness, many suffer from serious spine and back conditions -- including injury, herniated discs and the deterioration of the vertebrae. Three new studies presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons detail advances in back care and treatment options for specific back and spine conditions. (2010-03-10)

Adele Boskey 2010 recipient of ORS/AOA award for lifetime contributions to orthopedics
Biomineralization and osteoporosis investigator Adele L. Boskey, Ph.D., the Starr Chair in Mineralized Tissue Research at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, has been selected the 2010 recipient of the Orthopedic Research Society/American Orthopaedic Association Alfred R. Shands, Jr. Award. The award will be presented to Dr. Boskey on Monday, March 8, at the 56th Annual Meeting of the Orthopedic Research Society in New Orleans. (2010-03-08)

Soccer reduces risk of falls and bone fractures
An extensive research project has studied the effects of soccer on muscle strength, postural balance, bone mineral density and reflex response among adult women and men. Five scientific articles published today show that regular participation in soccer increases bone mass and bone density, causes a significant improvement in standing postural balance and improves muscle strength. Together, these effects reduce the risk of falls and bone fractures. (2010-03-03)

How health care is paid for appears to impact outcome
A seven-year study, in the February 2010 issue of Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, found that while 49 percent of those who had a Medicare reimbursed hip fracture surgery went to nursing homes only 35 percent of those treated at VA facilities for hip fractures were discharged to a nursing home. The complete explanation for this difference requires future study of institutional differences, patient transitions between care settings, and other issues as well as reimbursement incentives. (2010-02-25)

Record number of abstracts received for the World Congress on Osteoporosis 2010 -- IOF WCO-ECCEO10
More than 850 abstracts have been received -- guaranteeing broad global attendance at the year's most noteworthy platform for osteoporosis research. Don't miss the most important osteoporosis meeting of 2010, to be held in the center of Florence, Italy, from May 5-8, 2010. (2010-02-18)

Diabetes drug ups risk for bone fractures in older women
A Henry Ford Hospital study finds women with type 2 diabetes who take a commonly prescribed class of medications to treat insulin resistance may be at a higher risk for developing bone fractures. After taking a thiazolidinedione (TZD) for one year, women are 50 percent more likely to have a bone fracture than patients not taking TZDs, according to study results. And those at the greatest risk for fractures from TZD use are women older than 65. (2010-02-10)

Cracking the code on common wrist injury
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recently approved and released an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the Treatment of Distal Radius Fractures. A distal radius fracture -- one of the most common fractures in the body -- usually occurs as a result of a fall. (2010-02-04)

International relief efforts remain fragmented, warn doctors
Despite the frightening regularity of humanitarian disasters like the earthquake in Haiti, international responses remain fragmented and must be improved, argue a group of trauma surgeons on bmj.com today. (2010-02-02)

Grandpa's broken hip may mean weaker bones for his grandsons
If your grandfather has had a hip fracture, you too could be at risk. Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have been able to show, for the first time, a link between hip fractures in elderly men and impaired bone health in their grandsons. (2010-01-29)

Smooth and integrated movement patterns can help individuals with back pain
Many people with back pain do not know what is causing it and they do not receive effective treatment, but learning to move in a more integrated way makes a big difference, reveals research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (2010-01-25)

Society of Interventional Radiology supports treatment for spine fractures: Patient selection key
Given the current controversy over vertebroplasty -- a minimally invasive treatment performed by interventional radiologists in individuals with painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures that fail to respond to conventional medical therapy -- what's a patient to do? Trust your medical team to decide if you are an appropriate candidate for vertebroplasty and trust the experience of hundreds of thousands of other patients who have undergone the spine treatment successfully and received life-improving effects, says the Society of Interventional Radiology. (2010-01-19)

Vitamin D supplementation can reduce falls in nursing care facilities
Giving people living in nursing facilities vitamin D can reduce the rate of falls, according to a new Cochrane Review. This finding comes from a study of many different interventions used in different situations. In hospitals, multifactorial interventions and supervised exercise programs also showed benefit. (2010-01-19)

UC Davis research confirms benefits of calcium and vitamin D in preventing fractures
Taking both calcium and vitamin D supplements on a daily basis reduces the risk of bone fractures, regardless of whether a person is young or old, male or female, or has had fractures in the past, a large study of nearly 70,000 patients from throughout the United States and Europe has found. (2010-01-14)

Spinal cement may provide real support for cancer patients
New technologies used to repair spinal fractures could soon be helping patients suffering from the bone marrow cancer multiple myeloma. (2010-01-12)

HIV-infected postmenopausal women at high risk for bone fractures
According to a new study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, postmenopausal HIV-infected women have a high prevalence of low bone mineral density and high bone turnover placing them at high risk for future bone fractures. (2010-01-05)

Skull bone may hold the key to tackling osteoporosis
Scientists at Queen Mary, University of London have uncovered fundamental differences between the bone which makes up the skull and the bones in our limbs, which they believe could hold the key to tackling bone weakness and fractures. (2009-12-18)

Trial shows that sand playground surfaces reduce risk of arm fractures from falls
School playgrounds fitted with granite sand surfacing significantly reduce the risk of children fracturing arms in comparison with wood fiber surfaces, according to a randomized trial published this week in the open-access journal PLoS Medicine. (2009-12-14)

NICE guidelines ration affordable osteoporosis drugs
Low cost osteoporosis drugs are strictly rationed for the under-75s, and UK physicians hampered by restrictive guidelines, according to findings which appear today in the journal Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease, published by SAGE. A leading Cambridge University bone health expert has outlined flaws in NICE osteoporosis treatment guidance, which limits options for many postmenopausal women in the under-75 age bracket. (2009-12-11)

Careful diagnosis helps fracture patients put best foot forward
Located in areas of the foot that can be hard to visualize with X-rays and other imaging techniques, injuries to the ankle area of the foot are the most frequently misdiagnosed of all foot fractures. (2009-12-01)

More than 1,000 patients in US admitted annually for aviation-related injuries
The first ever published study of aviation-related injuries and deaths in the US finds that more than 1,013 patients are admitted to US hospitals with aviation-related injuries annually, and that 753 aviation-deaths occur each year. The study also reports that the largest categories of patients were occupants of civilian, noncommercial powered aircraft (32 percent) and parachutists (29 percent). (2009-12-01)

New stem cell technology developed at Hebrew University
A novel technology involving use of stem cells, developed by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, has been applied to provide better and rapid healing for patients suffering from complicated bone fractures. (2009-11-30)

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