Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Research / Video / November 16, 2011

We have known for some time that aging causes our bones to become brittle and in turn makes them more susceptible to fractures. So far the reason attributed to brittleness of bones was the loss of mass or quantity of bone in the senior population. Because of this reason the focus of most bone-health research was to come up with solutions to retard if not reduce this quantity of bone loss. However, scientists from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (U.S Department of Energy) have come up with some very interesting findings from their new research (supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health). They say that it is not only the loss in the quantity or mass of bone but also in the quality of bone that occur at the microscopic level which is as responsible for the…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / November 10, 2011

It’s not your imagination that kids are breaking more bones now than their parents did. A Mayo Clinic study published in JAMA discovered that forearm fractures have risen more than 32% in boys, and 56% in girls in the past 30 years. The Mayo clinic study also found a correlation between forearm fractures and an increased risk of hip fractures and osteoporosis later in life. Focusing on kids’ bone health now, can have immediate and far-reaching benefits. Getting the right nutrients for bones is important for kids, because peak bone mass is reached before the age of 25, according to The International Osteoporosis Foundation. A number of different dietary and lifestyle factors could be linked to the rise in fractures and causing kids to not maximize their bone growth: Mineral depletion of our soil & food processing = mineral depleted…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / November 9, 2011

Osteoporosis therapy has got a shot in the arm with the new study conducted by the researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine which reveals that thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) encourages bone growth. This could be a vital finding that could help osteoporosis treatments especially such of the cases that involve bone cancer-induced bone loss. The thyroid stimulating hormone is actually produced by the anterior part of the pituitary gland, which is a pea-sized organ located in the hypothalamus at the base of the brain responsible for the growth of the thyroid gland in the neck, stimulating it to produce more thyroid hormones. (1) However, the study, findings of which were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has now noted that the thyroid stimulating hormone can promote bone growth independent of it’s core thyroid functions. The…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Nutrition / October 14, 2011

Reclast is a Novartis drug (chemical name: zoledronic acid or zoledronate) that prevents the release of calcium from bones, thus reducing the rate of bone mass deterioration, especially in post-menopausal women. The chemical is also sold under the brand name Zometa. It is prescribed for men to help increase their bone mass and is especially recommended in persons who will be on any steroid combination for over a year as a part of their osteoporosis management program. (1) Now there is sufficient evidence that Reclast raises the risk for kidney failure in osteoporosis patients especially if they already have kidney impairment or suffer from severe dehydration. The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has gone further to warn such patients as those on potentially kidney-damaging medications or diuretics while they are being given Reclast. Though the drug which was approved in…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / October 14, 2011

There is now evidence through studies that a complete removal or radical surgery of the kidney points at the increased possibility of bone brittleness later at life, especially for women in their senior years. Researchers from the San Diego School of Medicine, University of California are now suggesting that it is important for doctors to evaluate the possibility of pursuing a kidney-sparing surgery in an effort to preserve kidney function and to reduce the risk of bone fractures later in life including the risk of developing osteoporosis. (1) It is believed that though radical nephrectomy (surgery of the kidneys) is an easier procedure to perform, it is loaded with more complications in the post-operative phase, such as metabolic complications including metabolic acidosis, muscle wasting, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and death. (2) Carcinoma of kidney cells is a commonly diagnosed urological malignancy…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Treatment / October 14, 2011

Though osteoporosis has always been associated more with women than men and media content on osteoporosis usually covers women because they are more susceptible to the condition, a quiet 17 million men over the age of 50 go unspoken about. (1) However, there is hope in the form of a new risk assessment tool developed by the World Health Organization called the FRAX® tool that helps detect the level of risk of osteoporosis in both men and women. Dr. Silvina Levis, Founder and Director of Osteoporosis Center (a clinical research center and a joint venture Miller School of Medicine and the Miami VA Medical Center), even goes on to point that once men get a fracture of the hips due to osteoporosis, their chances of dying after the incident doubles when compared to women. The FRAX tool will ask the…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / October 14, 2011

We already know that osteoporosis is a metabolic bone condition typified with the thinning of bone tissue and the reduction of bone mineral density. This is coupled with bone health deterioration  microarchitecture and an alteration in the quantity of proteins in bones, eventually raising the risk of easy fracturing of bones. Conclusions from a recent research conducted by Stine Marit Moen, MD, of Oslo University Hospital Ulleval in Norway, on 99 people with an average age of 37 recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis were published on July 12th 2011, in the medical journal Neurology® of the American Academy of Neurology. (1) The study was done to single out the cause of osteoporosis in persons who suffered multiple sclerosis for a long time. Though the multiple sclerosis- osteoporosis connection was well observes, the definite cause was not arrived at and the medical fraternity…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Osteoporosis / October 14, 2011

Well over 10 million Americans are going in for or inquiring about osteoporosis treatment and preventive measures. The reason is simple. A man and a woman are only as happy as healthy as their body is; it is a reciprocal relationship. And if the very foundation of our being is weakened, why wouldn’t we be at unease?

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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / June 2, 2011

The struggles with osteoporosis are all too known with Dr. Youssef Eid al-Hawamdeh, a 59-year-old pharmacist, but he can consider himself to be a fortunate man. Despite suffering vertebral fractures in a fall at age 55, he has been able to resume his regular daily routine with no long-term impact on his quality of life. “I will never allow osteoporosis to change my life,” he says. Unlike many sufferers, Youssef has not gone on to experience further fractures and the terrible impact of what is termed the ‘fracture cascade’. This positive outcome can be attributed in part to the prompt diagnosis and osteoporosis treatment that he received following the accident. Suffering severe pain and bruising, Youssef was immediately admitted to hospital for three days where he underwent extensive testing. Testing revealed that he had suffered a vertebral crush fracture and…

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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / April 27, 2011

Eva Benedicta Saraiva, 77, lives in the Botafogo neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. Eva was diagnosed with osteoporosis over a year ago, following a hip fracture. Not long after the hip fracture, she suffered a spinal fracture which was extremely painful and greatly reduced her mobility for some time. Despite the serious situation, Eva did not give up. She found a specialized clinic where she was diagnosed and able to benefit from a targeted physiotherapy programme which helped immensely in her recovery. She currently has a doctor who monitors her osteoporosis treatment which includes calcium and vitamin D supplementation. Like many older people, Eva must also take medication for other health problems, including high blood pressure, anaemia and a thyroid disorder. With great perseverance and willpower, Eva is able to carry out many of her routine daily activities – she…

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