Bone Healthy Living / Research / November 16, 2011

Stem cells are biological cells that may develop into many different types of cells in the body in its early stages of development. They are known to serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing without limit to replenish other cells as and when required.(1) Now a study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology shows that it is possible to ‘induce’ stem cells to develop into a certain specific type of cell just by controlling their shape. This has immensely beneficial implications in the field of osteoporosis treatment as it points at designing material which will help regeneration of lost or damaged tissues in the body.(2) It is known that in the realms of tissue-engineering, the primary objective is to repair as well as regenerate partially lost or damaged body tissues. This is done using stem…

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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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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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Exercise / November 9, 2011

We can add one more benefit to the long list of reasons why we should be exercising on a regular basis, even if we do them moderately every other day of the week. Researchers at McMaster University, Canada have now found that workouts trigger the influential stem cells to develop into bone cells rather than fat, thus improving the body’s ability and capacity to produce blood. (1) The study found that the body’s mesenchymal stem cells in particular had the maximum possibility to convert to bone rather than fat cells depending on the path they follow. Mesenchymal stem cells are multipotent in nature and have the ability to differentiate into many cell types such as bone cells, cartilage cells or fat cells. (2) The study using mice was conducted by the Department of Kinesiology of McMaster University. The research lead…

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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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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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Exercise / October 26, 2011

This is a bone health exercise guide directly from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) Balance Exercises for Bone Health Balance and leg strengthening exercises can help improve balance while decreasing the risk of falls. Many fitness centers, community centers and other organizations offer balance exercise programs, such as Tai Chi classes. Balance exercises can also be done at home. Who should do balance exercises? Balance exercises are especially important if you have fallen during the past year or if you lose your balance while doing regular daily activities. How often should you do balance exercises? You can do balance exercises every day. You can perform these exercises at one time or spread them throughout the day. Below is an example of a balance progression exercise you can do at home. Balance Training Progression Exercise: Before beginning the progression exercise, keep…

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Nutrition / October 14, 2011

Did you ever think that there would be a connection between the gluten intolerance (in either forms of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease) and osteoporosis? Well studies suggest there is and a positive correlation at that. Currently the conventional treatment basket for osteopenia (early stage/milder osteoporosis) and osteoporosis contains a calcium rich diet along with

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