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August 30, 2016

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August 30, 2016

Osteoporosis Treatment: Systematic Global Review of Intervention Thresholds Based on FRAX

Aug. 23, 2016 — According to most current guidelines, treatment for osteoporosis is recommended in individuals with prior fragility fractures -- however for those without prior fractures, intervention thresholds ... read more

Rx Associated With Fracture Risk Infrequently Reduced After Fracture Occurrence

Aug. 22, 2016 — Is the occurrence of a fragility fracture -- where Medicare beneficiaries broke a hip, wrist or shoulder -- a missed opportunity to reduce exposure to prescription drugs associated with fracture ... read more

Vertebroplasty Helps Reduce Acute Pain Among Patients With Spinal Fractures

Aug. 19, 2016 — Vertebroplasty is a safe and effective procedure to reduce acute pain and disability in patients who have experienced spinal fractures within a 6-week period, according to a new study. In this ... read more

Osteoblastic Metastases Distinguished from Enostoses Using CT Attenuation Measurements

Aug. 18, 2016 — CT attenuation measurements can be used to distinguish untreated osteoblastic (bone-related) metastases from enostoses (benign bone lesions), a team of researchers has ... read more

Scientists Discover Possible New Weapon in the Fight Against Gum Disease

Aug. 17, 2016 — If you hate going to the dentist, here's some good news. New research shows that melanocortin agonism may effectively control the inflammation that often occurs in gum ... read more

Real-Time Visualization of the Function of Bone-Resorbing Cells Within Animals

Aug. 17, 2016 — Researchers have discovered a way to visualize sites where bone-resorbing cells (osteoclasts) were in the process of resorbing bone in living mice. This real-time visualization of changes in ... read more

Bone Marrow Transplant Patients Report Better Quality of Life Compared to Peripheral Blood Transplant Recipients from Unrelated Volunteer Donors

Aug. 16, 2016 — A large, nationwide study finds better psychological well-being, fewer graft vs. host disease symptoms and greater likelihood of returning to work among bone marrow transplant ... read more

Injected Drug Reduces Risk of Fracture Among Women With Osteoporosis

Aug. 16, 2016 — Among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at risk of fracture, daily injection of the drug abaloparatide for 18 months significantly reduced the risk of new vertebral and nonvertebral fractures ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — A new approach that may prevent leukemia and lymphoma patients from developing graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) after therapeutic bone marrow transplants has now been developed by ... read more

The Fourth State of Matter, Plasma: A Technology to Improve Bone Healing?

Aug. 11, 2016 — Cold plasma looks like the glow from the "Star Wars" blue light saber but this beam of energy, made of electrons that change polarity at micro-second or nanosecond speeds, could help bones ... read more

Health Behaviors, Management Critical for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

Aug. 11, 2016 — A new, two-part series of studies examines health behaviors and management challenges in spinal cord injury patients. There are approximately 282,000 people currently living with a spinal cord injury ... read more

Aug. 4, 2016 — Researchers have engineered living bone tissue to repair bone loss in the jaw, a structure that is typically difficult to restore. They grafted customized implants into pig jaws that resulted in ... read more

Forensic Research Finds Bone Density Affects Size of Bullet Holes

Aug. 3, 2016 — A proof-of-concept study finds that the density of bones in the skull affects the size of bullet holes in the skull. The finding is useful for law enforcement officials and medical examiners seeking ... read more

Clinical Usefulness of Bone Turnover Marker Concentrations in Osteoporosis

Aug. 2, 2016 — A new review finds lack of comparability between current clinical assays for CTX is evident, indicating possible limitations of combining such data for meta-analyses; to improve interpretation of ... read more

July 29, 2016 — Researchers have identified how inflammation, when precisely controlled, is crucial to bone ... read more

Study Verifies Human Gene Therapy in Model of Rare Metabolic Disorder

July 28, 2016 — Researchers are closer to finding a better way to treat children with a rare metabolic disorder called MPS ... read more

Confronted With Sepsis, Key Immune Mechanism Breaks, Scientists Find

July 28, 2016 — When the body encounters an infection, a molecular signaling system ramps up the body's infection-fighting system to produce more white blood cells to attack invading bacteria. Now researchers ... read more

Weight Loss Surgery Associated With Increased Fracture Risk

July 27, 2016 — Severely obese patients undergoing weight loss surgery are more likely to have increased fracture risks both before and after the surgical procedure compared to obese and non-obese people who ... read more

July 27, 2016 — A new study has shown that a new class of drug candidates increases bone mass by expanding bone formation (deposition of new bone) and bone turnover (a normal process of replacement of old ... read more

July 27, 2016 — By monitoring stem cell differentiation on gels that mimic the stiffness of biological tissue, researchers have identified the metabolites that stem cells use when selecting bone and cartilage fates. ... read more

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