Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / June 21, 2012

Snap Exhibition The Snap Exhibition was selected by the city of Geneva in Swizterland to be exhibited open air by the lake on Quai Wilson. The project, developed by IOF photographer Gilberto Lontro, has been very well accepted around the world in a book form, traveling exhibition and online at www.iofsnap.org. Video Transcription Snap! is really exciting. It’s a venture of the IOF in collaboration with all our national societies to try and highlight the burden associated with spinal osteoporosis, which is one of the most devastating and important features of osteoporosis. What’s happened is that we’ve had the opportunity to contact patients, sometimes to enter into their lives and their homes, take photographs and try and illustrate in a visual way the burden of spinal osteoporosis. Spinal fracture is a really common fracture. It’s one of the common sites…

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Algaecal / Other / Team AlgaeCal News / Video / April 11, 2012

All the popular calcium supplements on the market are made from rocks (limestone and marble). The ‘code’ word is used on a label is “calcium carbonate” or “calcium citrate”. Hauled out of open pit mines using heavy machinery, rock has been popularly used because it is high in elemental calcium – at 40% – and because it is cheap for the manufacturer. Until plant calcium was available, rock calcium products could be seen as better that nothing, as they are able to slow down your bone loss. You naturally lose 1% of bone every year after age 35 or so. Rock calcium products (like Caltrate or Tums) do slow that loss to .5% per year. But you are still losing bone, and will get osteoporosis – IF you live long enough! Hopefully since you are reading AlgaeCal News you are…

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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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Other / Research / Team AlgaeCal News / Video / October 26, 2011

World Osteoporosis Day It was World Osteoporosis Day on October 20th 2011, and the National Osteoporosis Foundation put on a great event, here is a great recap about the IOF report ‘Three Steps to Unbreakable Bones’ for World Osteoporosis Day. Eating well, ensuring sufficient vitamin D and staying physically active are two essential components of a healthy lifestyle. These are also the pillars of osteoporosis prevention at all stages of life. Heike Bischoff-Ferrari outlines the three steps to unbreakable bones in the 2011 World Osteoporosis Day report. Video Transcription This year’s theme of the World’s Osteoporosis Day is Prevention. We want people to be aware that there are 3 important pillars of prevention: One being Vitamin D, the other being a healthy nutrition rich in calcium and protein, and the third pillar being exercise. Important is that if we manage…

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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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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / March 23, 2011

Watch this true story about the struggles of osteoporosis Video Transcription Hi, my name is Salima Ladak Kachra. I’m 40 years old. I’m from Canada. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis at the young age of 25 after fracturing four bones in my thoracic spine from a fall. Before I fractured I was very independent and being able to do things that we take for granted like doing the laundry, doing the bed, doing groceries. Once I fractured it was really, really hard for me to do things like what I talked about. Now my husband and my children help me do these things. My kids help me do the bed. They help me pick up clutter on the floor because I’m really scared of falling again. When I fractured, it was really hard that first year just trying to become…

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Algaecal / Bone-Healthy Living / Other / Video / March 23, 2011

Joan Rivers explains why you should talk to your doctor about osteoporosis Video Transcription Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be a candidate for osteoporosis. I know. I know now, I should have paid more attention to my personal risk factors. I should have taken better care of my bones. And you know what? So should you. So come on. Beat the break. Take responsibility for your bones, and just talk to your doctor about osteoporosis. Tell him Joan Rivers said please tell you about bone health. It’s so easy. You’ll be glad you did.

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