In a study recently published in the open-access medical journal, PLoS Medicine, Petteri Hovi and colleagues from the National Institute for Health and Welfare Helsinki, Finland evaluated skeletal health in 144 adults (ages ranging from 18 to 27 years) who were born preterm with very low birth weight.
They show that as adults these individuals have significantly lower bone mineral density than do their term-born peers and suggest that this finding translates into increased risk for osteoporosis in adulthood for these individuals.
This study was supported by grants from the Academy of Finland; the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim; Finska La¨karesa¨llskapet; the Finnish Foundation for Paediatric Research; the Special Governmental Subsidiary for Health Sciences Research; the Jalmari and Rauha Ahokas Foundation; the Novo Nordisk Foundation; the Pa¨ ivikki and Sakari Sohlberg Foundation; the Signe and Ane Gyllenberg Foundation; the Yrjo¨ Jahnsson Foundation; the Orion-Pharma Foundation; Emil Aaltonen Foundation; Maud Kuistila Memorial Foundation; the Paediatric Graduate School, University of Helsinki; the Clinical Graduate School in Paediatrics and Obstetrics/Gynaecology, University of Helsinki; the Wilhelm and Else Stockmann Foundation; the Perkle´n Foundation, the Biomedicum Helsinki Foundation; the Finnish Medical Foundation; and the National Graduate School of Clinical Investigation, University of Helsinki. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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