Oxytocin could prevent osteoporosis in women

(Eleanor Bird/ Medical News Today) — Recent experiments in female rats suggest that the hormone oxytocin can prevent loss of bone density and strength. Further studies could enable the clinical use of oxytocin to prevent osteoporosis. One of the biggest risk factors for osteoporosis is biological sex. Females are much more likely to experience this […]

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Using the DEXA Scan (Dual X-ray Absorptiometry) to measure bone health

(WebMD) — Testing your bone density — how strong your bones are — is the only way to know for sure if you have osteoporosis. One common test doctors use is called dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA or DEXA). DXA scanning focuses on two main areas — the hip and the spine. If you can’t […]

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Osteoporosis: are you at risk?

(WebMD) — Osteoporosis makes you more likely to break bones because you lose bone mass and density. You may not have any symptoms or pain. The first sign might be a bone fracture. Things that make osteoporosis more likely include: Age. Your bone density peaks around age 30. After that, you’ll begin to lose bone […]

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Sleep deprivation linked to weaker bones

(Stacey Burling/ Philidelphia Inquirer) — Women who don’t get enough sleep may be putting their bones at risk, a new study found. The research showed that postmenopausal women who slept less than five hours a night were 22% more likely than those who slept at least seven hours to have low bone mass and 63% […]

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Statins: link to osteoporosis depends on dosage

(Catharine Paddock/ Medical News Today) — New research suggests that there is a relationship between statin use and the chances of receiving a diagnosis of osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones. It also proposes that the nature of the relationship depends on the dose of the cholesterol lowering drug. The Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases […]

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Osteoporosis: Investigating the role of a common antibacterial chemical

(Tim Newman/ Medical News Today) — A recent study finds a relationship between a chemical that is in a wide array of personal care products and a reduction in bone mineral density. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak bones and an increased risk of fracture. Worldwide, an estimated 200 million people currently have osteoporosis. […]

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Study shows a higher than expected risk for osteoporosis

(Becky Upham/ Everyday Health) — For most people younger than 70, bone health isn’t high on the list of concerns. But new research suggests that lack of awareness, even for people in their thirties, may have critical consequences. A study published May 28 in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that 28 percent […]

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