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New model makes diagnosing osteoporosis easier
Researchers at the World Health Organization's Collaborating Center for Metabolic Bone Diseases in Sheffield, UK hope to make osteoporosis prediction more accurate and accessible. (2006-06-04)

Post-fracture care: Do we need to educate patients rather than doctors?
This multicenter, randomized controlled trial involved 436 women, aged 50-85 years, who had attended hospital for treatment of a fragility fracture of the wrist or upper arm. The intervention group received repeated oral and written information about fragility fractures and osteoporosis management by a case manager, who prompted the patients to visit their primary care physicians to ask for BMD testing and management. This was found to improve the rate of post-fracture BMD testing by 20 percent. (2017-04-25)

Farmers are not just the backbone of a nation, they may have stronger hips too
This study found that in Sweden, for male farmers, the risk of a hip fracture was 14 percent lower compared to other occupations, adjusted for age. When also adjusted for rural status of residence, the risk reduction was still 15 percent lower. When also adjusted for income, education and latitude the effect was even more marked -- at 39 percent lower risk. (2016-04-16)

NYU researchers identify promising target to protect bone in patients with diabetes
Utilizing metabolomics research techniques, NYU Dentistry researchers investigated the underlying biochemical activity and signaling within the bone marrow of hyperglycemic mice with hopes of reducing fracture risks of diabetics (2017-07-07)

IOF announces 3 orthopaedic sessions at 2008 congress
The International Osteoporosis Foundation has announced expanded opportunities for orthopaedic surgeons at the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis 2008, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand, from December 3-7, 2008. (2008-06-16)

Registration opens for key regional osteoporosis meeting to be held in Taipei City
Registration has opened for the 5th Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis Meeting to be held at the Taipei International Convention Centre from November 14-16, 2014. The meeting programme features a broad range of clinical topics and regional research will be highlighted. Abstracts, which may be submitted until July 4, 2014, will be published in the journal Osteoporosis International. (2014-06-17)

Repair and healing of osteoporotic fractures a focus of upcoming IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis
Three specially focused sessions at the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis will offer orthopaedic surgeons a unique opportunity to discuss the specific clinical challenges of fracture healing and repair, and learn how best practice is applied in different regions of the world. Online registration, at considerably reduced rates, closes on October 31, 2008. (2008-10-30)

Hungarian Osteoporosis Patient Society named winner of IOF Linda Edwards Memorial Award
The Hungarian Osteoporosis Prevention Society has been named winner of the 2015 IOF Linda Edwards Memorial Award. The prestigious grant was presented on the occasion of the IOF Worldwide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies, held in Athens, Greece from Sept. 11-13, 2015. (2015-09-15)

Light stimulation makes bones heavier
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) researchers showed that laser ablation of bone inhibits expression of the osteogenesis inhibitor protein sclerostin without causing inflammation, unlike the conventional bur-drilling technique. Further investigations confirmed that this beneficial bio-stimulation works by inducing mechanical stress. These findings help advance research into the treatment of osteoporosis as well as specific enhancement of bone regrowth in orthopedic and dental surgery. (2020-10-08)

Mayo Clinic: Add bone deterioration to diabetes complications
The list of complications from type 2 diabetes is long: Vascular and heart disease, eye problems, nerve damage, kidney disease, hearing problems and Alzheimer's disease. Physicians have long thought of osteoporosis as another outcome. Based on a Mayo Clinic study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, that's confirmed: You can definitely add skeletal problems to that list. (2013-11-12)

Can a blood biomarker predict the presence of intracranial lesions following mild traumatic brain injury?
In cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI), predicting the likelihood of a cranial lesion and determining the need for head computed tomography can be aided by measuring markers of bone injury in the blood. The results of a new study comparing the usefulness of two biomarkers released into the blood following a TBI are presented in Journal of Neurotrauma. (2014-12-11)

Gravity measurements confirm subsurface ocean on Enceladus
Scientists, including Caltech's David Stevenson, have used a geophysical method to confirm that the Saturnian moon Enceladus harbors a large ocean beneath its icy shell. (2014-04-03)

Mayo Clinic study links healthy muscle mass to healthy bones, finds differences by gender
A Mayo Clinic study looked at skeletal muscle mass and bone health across the life span and discovered distinct differences in how muscle affects the two layers of bone in men and women. (2012-06-20)

Study: Anti-clotting drugs rarely needed in children with big-bone fractures
Children with pelvic and thigh fractures develop dangerous blood clots so rarely that anti-clotting therapy should be given only to those with underlying conditions that increase clotting risk, according to a study from Johns Hopkins Children's Center. (2012-05-21)

Computer model predicts how fracturing metallic glass releases energy at the atomic level
Metallic glasses are an exciting research target, but the difficulties associated with predicting how much energy these materials release when they fracture is slowing down development of metallic glass-based products. Recently, researchers developed a way of simulating to the atomic level how metallic glasses behave as they fracture. This modeling technique could improve computer-aided materials design and help researchers determine the properties of metallic glasses. They report their findings in the Journal of Applied Physics. (2018-07-19)

Risk of fracture is significantly higher in HIV-infected patients
As antiviral treatment for HIV infection allows patients to live longer, many will be confronted with additional health challenges. A new study shows for the first time that one of these may be significantly increased risk of bone fractures. (2008-08-28)

New progress in long bone fracture evaluation using ultrasound
With the advantages of quantitative ultrasound, such as low-expense, portability, and non-ionizing radiation, ultrasonic guided waves can also reflect the geometry of long cortical bone and material information. A recent study quantitatively evaluated long bone fracture degrees with ultrasonic guided waves. This study, published on SCIENCE CHINA Physics, Mechanics & Astronomy, provides a new method for fracture healing monitoring. (2014-08-13)

Fractured bedrock in forests is overlooked source of natural CO2
According to a study led by The University of Texas at Austin, CO2 is being produced deep underground in bedrock fractures. This source could account for up to 29% of the daily average CO2 emitted by the land. (2020-12-14)

The benefits of physical activity for older adults
New findings published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports reveal how physically active older adults benefit from reduced risks of early death, breast and prostate cancer, fractures, recurrent falls, functional limitations, cognitive decline, dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and depression. (2020-02-05)

Researchers recommend specific diabetes medications to protect bone health
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) and osteoporosis often coexist in patients, but managing both conditions can be a challenge. A comprehensive review published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism highlights the most effective treatment options for treating these conditions together. (2017-06-21)

New study suggests moderate alcohol consumption may help prevent bone loss
Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women's bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis. A new study assessed the effects of alcohol withdrawal on bone turnover in postmenopausal women who drank one or two drinks per day several times a week. Researchers at Oregon State University measured a significant increase in blood markers of bone turnover in women after they stopped drinking for just two weeks. (2012-07-11)

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2011 Annual Meeting tip sheet
This release contains summaries of presentations at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2011 Annual Meeting. (2011-02-18)

Team digs deep to answer water-safety questions
Clemson University researchers hope to shed light on one of the world's most widespread environmental challenges. (2016-08-09)

Growth in the womb and early infancy predicts bone size and strength in childhood
Researchers from the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, have presented evidence that early growth predicts the size, mineralisation, shape and strength of the hip bone in childhood. The presentation was made at the European Congress on Osteoporosis & Osteoarthritis which took place in Bordeaux, France from March 21-24, 2012. (2012-03-26)

Hip resurfacing is not for everyone
Hip resurfacing is often seen as a modern alternative to the more conventional total hip replacement, but new data from a study led by Rush University Medical Center suggest that a patient's age and gender are key to the operation's success. (2008-11-03)

National study finds 70 percent increase in basketball-related traumatic brain injuries
A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital examined basketball-related injuries treated in emergency departments among children and adolescents between the ages of 5 and 19 from 1997 to 2007. According to the study, more than 4 million basketball-related injuries were treated in emergency departments during the 11-year study. (2010-09-13)

SCAN: Delivering bone disorder diagnosis, fracture healing
In addition to affecting millions people on Earth, bone loss is health risk for astronauts in space. National Space Biomedical Research Institute scientists are developing an ultrasound system, called SCAN, that will allow for early prediction of bone disorders and accelerated fracture healing. SCAN could have many benefits on Earth -- especially in rural areas where access to health care is limited -- due to its reduced costs, mobility and advanced imaging capabilities. (2009-02-18)

Mars' moon Phobos is slowly falling apart
The long, shallow grooves lining the surface of Phobos are likely early signs of the structural failure that will ultimately destroy this moon of Mars. (2015-11-10)

Inclusion of falls history shown to enhance accuracy of fracture risk assessment models
A new study shows how the inclusion of falls history, in addition to clinical risk factors (CRFs) and bone mineral density (BMD) values, would greatly improve the accuracy of fracture prediction models. (2011-03-24)

Lithium and bone healing
New molecular pathway shown in bone healing that could be enhanced by lithium treatment. (2007-07-30)

Actonel significantly reduced moderate and severe vertebral fractures
A new analysis of scientific data presented at today's meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) showed that a 5 mg dose of Actonel® (risedronate sodium tablets) daily significantly reduced moderate and severe vertebral fracture risk by 70 percent within one year in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Furthermore, the significant effect on vertebral fracture risk was sustained over three years. (2002-09-20)

Babywalkers Still To Blame For Children's Serious Injuries
After years of warnings that babywalkers present a serious danger to toddlers, the devices are still on store shelves and many parents continue to use them. A new study showed that one in three parents allowed the continued use of babywalkers, even after their child was injured in one. (1997-08-29)

Link between treating osteoporosis with bisphosphonates and incidence of bone necrosis examined
On Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 a.m., in Hynes Convention Center Rm. 112, Columbia University's Dr. John Grbic will be part of an AAAS press conference in Boston that focuses on the pharmacology of bisphosphonates, with data supporting the use of BFs therapy in both oncology and non-oncology patients. He will later discuss these findings at a scientific symposia session from 1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. in Rm. 206. (2008-02-16)

UC researcher utilizes historical control group for new osteoporatic fracture analysis
In a new analysis of a study funded by Procter & Gamble Pharmaceuticals, Nelson Watts, MD, professor of medicine at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and director of the UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center, has applied an innovative new method for analyzing fracture efficacy for an osteoporosis therapy in a study that was conducted without a placebo control group. (2002-06-21)

Bunk beds pose dangers to kids and adults
What would sleepovers and summer camps be without bunk beds? According to a new national study, they might be a little safer. For the first time, researchers have looked at injury rates in bunk beds for people ages 1 through 21, and found some surprising results. Not only are kids under 6 hurt most often, there is an additional spike in injuries between ages 18 and 21. Experts attribute that to young adults using bunk beds in places like college dorms or military barracks. (2008-06-02)

Proteins to yield new clues in fight against osteoporosis
A $1.76 million study at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute seeks to identify new methods of diagnosing osteoporosis and inform the development of next-generation drugs to treat the bone disease. The five-year study, funded by the NIH, is led by Deepak Vashishth, professor and head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rensselaer. Partnering with researchers from Yale University and the Hospital of Special Surgery, Vashishth's will investigate what role two proteins, osteocalcin and osteopontin, play in bone fractures over time. (2010-09-29)

Link between fracture prevention and treatment adherence not fully understood by patients
Newly released findings of a multinational survey conducted on behalf of the International Osteoporosis Foundation show clear disparities between patients' and doctors' perceptions of osteoporosis and its management. (2011-01-12)

New study: More than 20,000 sledding injuries each year
Although sledding is a popular winter pastime, it can unfortunately lead to serious injury. A new study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that from 1997-2007, an estimated 229,023 children and adolescents younger than 19 years were treated in US hospital emergency departments for sledding-related injuries -- an average of more than 20,000 cases each year. (2010-08-23)

Many patients not treated for easily corrected life-threatening condition, new study shows
A ten-year-old error in the medical literature continues to cause doctors to improperly treat a potentially life- threatening condition affecting tens of thousands of hospital patients a year, a new study has shown. (1999-06-23)

New genetic regions linked to bone-weakening disease and fractures, Stanford researcher says
Thirty-two previously unidentified genetic regions associated with osteoporosis and fracture have been identified by a large, worldwide consortium of researchers, including Stanford Prevention Research Center chief John Ioannidis, M.D., D.Sc. (2012-04-15)

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