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What Are Optimal Screening Strategies for Treatment of Osteoporosis and Fractures of the Spine?

There were 202 frail women involved in the study. These women were 65 years old or older; their mean age was 85 years old.

Does Inflammatory Bowel Disease Lead to Low Bone Mineral Density in the Lumbar Spine?

Researchers looked at whether inflammatory bowel disease could lead to osteoporosis in the lumbar spine, as well as other locations in the body.

Exploring the Association Between Osteoporosis and Psoriasis

Amidst controversy about the association between psoriasis and osteoporosis, their results demonstrate that both men and women with osteoporosis...

Osteoporosis in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

What are the factors that influence the association between bone loss and Parkinson’s disease? A study in the Journal of Neurology explored this question.

Preventing Glucocorticoid-induced Osteoporosis in Men

Researchers examined bisphosphonates—specifically 2 osteoporosis medications and glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis in men.

Low-molecular Weight Heparin New Warning Labels

Clinicians should carefully consider the timing of spinal catheter placement and removal in patients taking anticoagulant drugs.

Are Patients with Fibromyalgia at Risk for Osteoporosis of the Spine?

Patients with fibromyalgia typically have less sunlight exposure. The lack of exposure may put them at an increased risk of developing osteoporosis.

Monthly Minodronate Dose Safe and Effective for Osteoporosis

Researchers published a study on the safety and effectiveness of oral minodronate administered monthly.

How Effective Is High-impact Exercise on Osteoporosis?

How big of an impact does high-impact exercise have on bone health and osteoporosis?

The Concurrent Risks of Osteoporotic Fracture and Cardiovascular Disease

A study in the journal Bone set out to use risk factor algorithms to understand the association between osteoporosis risk factors and cardiovascular endpoints.

How Likely Are Women to Fracture a Bone While Taking Anti-osteoporosis Medications?

Researchers examined the characteristics of women who had a bone fracture—in the spine, wrist, or other location—after taking anti-osteoporosis medication.

Does Osteoporosis Influence Periodontitis Risk in Postmenopausal Women?

Is there an association between the low bone mineral density that occurs due to osteoporosis or osteopenia, and women’s risk of certain dental conditions?

Does Teen Pregnancy Lead to Osteoporosis?

Could teen pregnancy be a predictor of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women? Researchers explored this topic.

Can a Kale Supplement Boost Bone Mineral Density in the Spine?

Japanese researchers examined the effects kale supplementation has on bone mineral density (BMD) and bone metabolic markers in postmenopausal women.

Exercise at a Young Age May Prevent Later Osteoporosis

A study in the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine examines the effects of exercise and other interventions on low bone mass in young women.

Can Treatment Influence Osteoporotic Fracture Risk?

A study explored the characteristics that may cause patients taking alendronate to experience fractures.

How Lumbar Spine Degenerative Changes Affect BMD and Osteoporosis Diagnosis

Researchers looked at degenerative changes in the lumbar spine in elderly women using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA).

Socioeconomic Status and Osteoporosis Risk

Is there an association between socioeconomic status, bone mineral density, and vertebral wedge deformities? A team led by researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia explored this question.

Omega-3s and Exercise Have a Positive Effect on the Lumbar Spine

A study in Nutrition & Metabolism looked at how diet and exercise have a specific impact on osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

FDA Warns Consumers of Pro ArthMax Dangers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Pro ArthMax, a product promoted and sold as a dietary supplement for joint, muscle and arthritic pain.

Allogenic Blood Transfusions and Survival Following Surgery for Spinal Metastases

Researchers suggest that more liberal transfusion policies might be warranted for patients undergoing surgery for spinal metastasis.

Smoking Linked to Greater Blood Loss and Need for Transfusions in Spinal Surgery

Smoking is significantly associated with increased surgical blood loss and perioperative transfusions among patients undergoing lumbar spine surgery, according to a retrospective study,

Liberal Transfusions Linked to Increased Morbidity Following Spine Surgery

The impact of more liberal use of transfusions on patient outcomes in spine surgery was not investigated prior to this study.

Study Looks at the Effects of Teriparatide on Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis

The goal was to assess the effectiveness of a daily subcutaneous injection of teriparatide in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.

Treatment Evaluation for Patients with Osteoporotic Vertebral Compression Fractures

The researchers set out to explore the efficacy of PV treatment in patients who were managing OVCFs following spinal fusion surgery for degenerative lumbar disease.

Alcohol’s Effect on Post-menopausal Bone Health

While it’s understood that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with higher bone mass in post-menopausal women, the actual mechanism that causes this is not understood.

Short-term Aerobic Exercise with and without a Weighted Vest: What’s the Effect on Bone Metabolism?

There were 36 women in the study; all joined voluntarily and were sedentary and postmenopausal. The researchers randomly divided them into 3 groups.

Is Osteoporosis Associated with Poor Outcomes in Stroke Patients?

Learn whether researchers found osteoporosis linked to poor outcomes in stroke patients.

Does the Better Bones and Balance Program Help Prevent Bone Loss in the Hip and Spine?

US researchers evaluated Better Bones and Balance —a community-based exercise program to reduce fall and fracture risk—and its impact on bone health in a community setting.

Minimally Invasive Surgery for Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Shows Same Efficacy as Open Approach with Less Transfusion Needs

The study is the first published case series comparing follow-up data from 7 patients with AIS who underwent MIS and 15 patients who underwent PSF.
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