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  • Take Turmeric! Indian Spice Improves Bone Density by up to 7%, Study Reveals

    05/10/2017 10:18:15 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 80 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 May 2017 | Alexandra Thompson
    Worried about osteoporosis? Take turmeric! Indian spice improves bone density by up to 7%, study revealsTurmeric helps to build and repair bone mass in the elderly, a new study reveals. Taking a supplement of the popular Indian spice improves bone density by up to seven per cent over six months, researchers found. A compound in turmeric, known as curcumin, is thought to balance out cells that remove ageing parts of bone before it is replaced, according to previous findings. Almost three quarters of elderly people suffer declining bone density, which can cause osteoporosis and is responsible for around 65,000 potentially...
  • Calcium Supplements Linked To Dementia Risk In Older Women

    09/18/2016 5:04:13 PM PDT · by blam · 42 replies
    Health Day News ^ | 9-18-2016
    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman's risk of dementia, a new study suggests. And that seems particularly true if a woman has already sustained an event causing poor blood flow to the brain (cerebrovascular disease), such as from a stroke, researchers said. The study can't prove cause-and-effect. However, dementia risk was seven times higher in female stroke survivors who took calcium supplements, compared to women with a history of stroke who didn't use the supplements, the findings showed. The risk of dementia also...
  • New drug could help scientists to regrow bones meaning conditions such as osteoporosis could be…

    06/13/2015 12:12:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 19:05 EST, 12 June 2015 | Colin Fernandez
    Scientists have developed a drug that can help bones regrow. It could be used to treat people suffering from osteoporosis and other bone-related problems stemming from conditions including diabetes and obesity. Researchers found the drug, which acts on stem cells, suppresses a protein called PPARy. When this was reduced in mice, bone growth was encouraged. […] The new drug is being developed at the Scripps Research Institute in the US, where Professor Patrick Griffin, of the department of molecular therapeutics, said: “These findings demonstrate for the first time a new therapeutic application for drugs targeting PPARy, which had previously been...
  • Scientists Discover the Secret to Keeping Cells Young

    04/30/2015 2:47:14 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 7 replies ^ | 4/30/2015 | Alice Park
    Researchers say it may be possible to slow and even reverse aging by keeping DNA more stably packed together in our cells In a breakthrough discovery, scientists report that they have found the key to keeping cells young. In a study published Thursday in Science, an international team, led by Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte at the Salk Institute, studied the gene responsible for an accelerated aging disease known as Werner syndrome, or adult progeria, in which patients show signs of osteoporosis, grey hair and heart disease in very early adulthood. These patients are deficient in a gene responsible for copying...
  • Ladies, Drink to Your (Bone) Health (Fight osteoporosis.. Bottoms Up!)

    07/11/2012 3:26:35 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies
    Yhaoo ^ | 7/11/12 | Steven Reinberg - HealthDay
    WEDNESDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Drinking one or two alcoholic beverages several times a week may improve the bone health of older women and reduce their risk for osteoporosis, a small study suggests. Bones are living tissue with old bone continually removed and replaced in a process called remodeling. In people with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, more bone is lost than replaced. Postmenopausal women are at particular risk because of reduced estrogen, a hormone essential for bone strength, the researchers explained. "This study clearly demonstrates that even small amounts of alcohol have potent actions and can rapidly impact bone...
  • Vitamin D, A Double Edged Sword for Osteoporosis

    05/04/2012 8:17:02 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 25 replies ^ | 04/27/12 | Ivanhoe Newswire
    Vitamin D is known for helping create strong bones and is a key regulator of serum calcium levels. Recent studies, however, have not offered much proof that Vitamin D supplements prevents bone fractures.
  • No bones about it: Eating dried plums helps prevent fractures and osteoporosis

    08/18/2011 10:40:41 AM PDT · by decimon · 29 replies · 1+ views
    Florida State University ^ | August 17, 2011 | Unknown
    When it comes to improving bone health in postmenopausal women — and people of all ages, actually — a Florida State University researcher has found a simple, proactive solution to help prevent fractures and osteoporosis: eating dried plums. "Over my career, I have tested numerous fruits, including figs, dates, strawberries and raisins, and none of them come anywhere close to having the effect on bone density that dried plums, or prunes, have," said Bahram H. Arjmandi, Florida State's Margaret A. Sitton Professor and chairman of the Department of Nutrition, Food and Exercise Sciences ( in the College of Human Sciences....
  • Red wine: Exercise in a bottle?

    07/02/2011 12:09:20 PM PDT · by Clairity · 10 replies
    e-Science News ^ | June 30, 2011 | e-Science News
    As strange as it sounds, a new research study published in the FASEB Journal (, suggests that the "healthy" ingredient in red wine, resveratrol, may prevent the negative effects that spaceflight and sedentary lifestyles have on people. The report describes experiments in rats that simulated the weightlessness of spaceflight, during which the group fed resveratrol did not develop insulin resistance or a loss of bone mineral density, as did those who were not fed resveratrol. This study also suggests that resveratrol may be able to prevent the deleterious consequences of sedentary behaviors in humans.
  • Study finds high levels of vitamin D needed for bone density drugs to work

    06/06/2011 7:43:44 AM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    Hospital for Special Surgery ^ | June 6, 2011 | Unknown
    To fully optimize a drug therapy for osteoporosis and low bone mineral density (BMD), patients should maintain vitamin D levels above the limits recently recommended by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), according to a new study by researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The study will be presented at the Endocrine Society's Annual Meeting in Boston, June 4-7. The study demonstrated that maintaining a circulating vitamin D level above 33 ng/ml is associated with a seven-fold greater likelihood of having a more favorable outcome with bisphosphonate therapy. Last November, the IOM issued recommendations that 25-Hydroxy vitamin D...
  • Columbia University uses technological innovation to study bone structure

    01/15/2011 12:47:52 PM PST · by decimon · 10 replies
    Columbia University Medical Center ^ | January 15, 2011 | Unknown
    A team of researchers at Columbia Engineering and Columbia University Medical Center announced today the results of the first study comparing bone structure in Chinese-American women to Caucasian women. The report, just presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society's annual meeting at Long Beach, CA, found that pre-menopausal Chinese-American women have far greater bone strength than their Caucasian counterparts, as determined by a breakthrough technological advance. The Columbia team was led by X. Edward Guo, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science, and, from Columbia University Medical Center, John P. Bilezikian, Professor of Medicine and...
  • High death and disability rates due to fractures in Russia, Central Asia and Eastern Europe

    09/27/2010 5:03:32 AM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies · 1+ views
    International Osteoporosis Foundation ^ | September 27, 2010 | Unknown
    New report reveals tragic state of post-fracture care in the region, predicts huge increase in osteoporotic fractures due to aging populationsPreliminary findings from an upcoming new report by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) show alarming projections and reveal the poor state of post-fracture care in the Russian Federation and many other countries in the region. The findings were announced today at a press conference in St. Petersburg at the IOF Summit of Eastern European and Central Asian Osteoporosis Patient Societies. Osteoporosis, a disease of the bone which leaves people at increased risk of fracture, is most common in the older...
  • Tequila plant could help treat diabetes, osteoporosis

    04/21/2010 5:13:26 PM PDT · by decimon · 43 replies · 608+ views
    AFP ^ | Apr 21, 2010 | Unknown
    The agave plant, the key ingredient in Mexico's famous tequila, could help treat diabetes and osteoporosis, according to Mexican researchers. > Drinking tequila would not give the same health benefits, however, since fructans lose their effect during the fermentation process, Lopez added. >
  • Fabled 'vegetable lamb' plant contains potential treatment for osteoporosis

    03/31/2010 10:04:40 AM PDT · by decimon · 11 replies · 359+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | Mar 31, 2010 | Unknown
    Caption: This illustration from an 1887 book shows the fabled "Vegetable Lamb of Tartary," a plant once believed to ripen into a baby sheep. The plant now shows promise for treating osteoporosis. Credit: Wikimedia Commons Usage Restrictions: None The "vegetable lamb" plant — once believed to bear fruit that ripened into a living baby sheep — produces substances that show promise in laboratory experiments as new treatments for osteoporosis, the bone-thinning disease. That's the conclusion of a new study in ACS' monthly Journal of Natural Products. Young Ho Kim and colleagues point out that osteoporosis is a global health problem,...
  • Fewer Breast Cancers in Bisphosphonate Users

    02/05/2010 9:55:35 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 667+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | January 2010 | BETSY BATES
    SAN ANTONIO — Two differently designed studies found a nearly identical, roughly 30% reduction in the risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women who took bisphosphonates to prevent or remediate bone loss. The results of a retrospective analysis of data from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) in the United States and a case-control study conducted in Israel were presented at the annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. In both studies, cancer incidence was sharply lower among women prescribed bisphosphonates for low bone mineral density, suggesting that the impact of these agents may extend beyond bone. In the 151,592-patient database for...
  • Study: Low-Dose Birth Control Pills Decrease Bone Density in Young Women

    01/22/2010 6:43:51 AM PST · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 453+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | SEATTLE, January 21, 2010 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    Thursday January 21, 2010 Study: Low-Dose Birth Control Pills Decrease Bone Density in Young Women By Thaddeus M. BaklinskiSEATTLE, January 21, 2010 ( - A new study showing a link between long-term use of oral contraceptives and a decrease in bone density in women under the age of 30 has found that the modern low-dose forms of estrogen pills have the greatest risk of harming a woman's bone density.The study, published in the January issue of Contraception Journal, measured bone mineral density (BMD) of the hip, spine, and whole body to analyze how both the duration of taking the...
  • Risks: Loss of Bone Mass Linked to Contraceptive

    01/12/2010 7:59:42 PM PST · by neverdem · 8 replies · 532+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 12, 2010 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Almost half of all women who use a popular injected contraceptive lose a significant amount of bone mass within two years, and researchers now say the greatest risk is to smokers, women who don’t consume enough calcium and those who have never gone through a pregnancy. A study that followed women who used the birth-control method — a shot of depot medroxyprogesterone acetate, better known as DMPA or Depo-Provera, every three months — found that 45 percent of the users experienced bone mineral density losses of 5 percent or more in the hip or lower spine, researchers said. The study...
  • Heart and bone damage from low vitamin D tied to declines in sex hormones

    11/15/2009 7:59:03 AM PST · by decimon · 8 replies · 1,032+ views
    Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions ^ | Nov 15, 2009 | Unknown
    Effects of vitamin D deficiency amplified by shortage of estrogenResearchers at Johns Hopkins are reporting what is believed to be the first conclusive evidence in men that the long-term ill effects of vitamin D deficiency are amplified by lower levels of the key sex hormone estrogen, but not testosterone. In a national study in 1010 men, to be presented Nov. 15 at the American Heart Association's (AHA) annual Scientific Sessions in Orlando, researchers say the new findings build on previous studies showing that deficiencies in vitamin D and low levels of estrogen, found naturally in differing amounts in men and...
  • Study Finds Steady Drop in Hip Fracture Rates, but Reasons Are Unclear

    08/26/2009 8:45:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 841+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 25, 2009 | GINA KOLATA
    Rates of hip fractures, an often devastating consequence of osteoporosis, have been steadily falling for two decades in Canada, a new study finds. And a similar trend occurred in the United States, researchers found. But it is not clear why. Drugs that slow the rate of bone loss may be part of the reason, but they cannot be the entire explanation, osteoporosis researchers say. And although experts can point to other possible factors — like fall prevention efforts and a heavier population — the declining rates remain a medical mystery. The new study, published Wednesday in The Journal of the...
  • Osteoporosis drugs effective in killing flu viruses

    08/14/2009 8:18:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 740+ views
    Reuters ^ | Aug 14, 2009 | Tan Ee Lyn
    HONG KONG (Reuters) – Two existing drugs used to treat osteoporosis may be effective in killing influenza viruses, including the new H1N1 swine flu and the H5N1 bird flu viruses, researchers in Hong Kong have found. The two drugs are pamidronate and zoledronate, which are marketed by Novartis AG under the brand names Aredia and Reclast, respectively. In their experiment, the researchers exposed human cells that had been infected with the influenza viruses to the two drugs. They observed that the drugs triggered extra production of a type of white blood cell called yd-T cells, which went on to kill...
  • Beer could stop bones going brittle

    08/14/2009 9:35:20 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 25 replies · 1,245+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 12 Aug 2009 | Ben Leach
    A study found that the bones of women who drink beer regularly are stronger, making them less likely to suffer from osteoporosis. It is thought that the high level of silicon in beer slows down the thinning that leads to fractures and boosts the formation of new bone, the journal Nutrition reports. Beer is also rich in phytoestrogens, plant versions of oestrogen, which keep bones healthy. Bones are made up of a mesh of fibres, minerals, blood vessels and marrow, and healthy ones are denser with smaller spaces between the different parts. The researchers asked almost 1,700 healthy women with...