A new Mayo Clinic study finds that vertebroplasty, a procedure used to treat painful compression fractures in the spinal vertebrae due to osteoporosis, appears to increase the risk for new fractures in adjacent vertebrae. The study also found vertebrae adjacent to fractures treated with vertebroplasty fracture significantly sooner than more distant vertebrae. Findings will be [...]
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The level of fluoride that occurs naturally in instant tea can cause bone pain in those who consume large amounts.
Some regular strength teas contained as much as 6.5 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride, well over the 4 ppm maximum allowed in drinking water by the Environmental Protection Agency and 2.4 ppm permitted in [...]
Girls who took supplements developed bone mass more quickly than girls who took a placebo. Researchers say teens need 1500mg of calcium a day for optimum bone health and say it’s most important during puberty.
Original Research: Sustained effect of short-term calcium supplementation on bone mass in adolescent girls with low calcium intake
Study: Calcium supplements [...]
Researchers have found that an increasingly popular prostate cancer therapy increases the risk of broken bones in older men, further complicating how best to treat the disease.
The study by University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers blamed hormone-suppressing drugs for more than 3,000 fractures suffered every year by American men with prostate cancer. [...]
Using naturally-occurring mutant mice with a defective collagen gene, scientists at Harvard have identified a signaling molecule involved in one of the most common causes of disability among the elderly in the United States, osteoarthritis. Inhibitors of this molecule’s signaling may eventually be used to slow down the progression of the disease, thus helping to [...]
A common class of drugs prescribed to children with depression, selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors, may have an adverse effect on bone growth.
These findings indicate a potential negative impact of SSRIs on the skeleton and point to a need for further research into the prescribing of these drugs to children and adolescents, said lead author [...]
Elderly men who consume more dairy products have stronger bones.
Higher consumption of dairy foods was associated with greater bone mineral density at the hip and upper thigh bone for men, but the relationship between dairy consumption and bone strength was not significant for women.
745 people 60 years old were in the study and measurements [...]
Taking beta-blockers and another blood pressure drug, reduced fracture risk by 29%.
Using beta-blockers alone for around six months was linked to a 23% reduced risk.
Taking thiazides alone was associated with a 20% risk.
The team looked at data on 30,601 patients aged 30 to 79 from the UK General Practice Research Database who had been [...]