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woman-drinking-beerDrinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women’s bone health, lowering their risk of developing osteoporosis.

Sunday, 15 July 2012 10:13
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coca_colaCola soft drinks are associated with low bone mineral density (BMD), according to a new study out of Boston.

Saturday, 21 January 2012 16:00
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cell-phone-in-bikini-bottomsA new study on cell phone use safety suggest where you carry your cell phone can affect your bone health.  

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elderly-doing-tai-chiTai chi is effective in the treatment of pain and physical impairment in people with severe knee osteoarthritis, according to the latest research on knee osteroarthritis.

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Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful condition that is often the source oknee-osteoarthritisf pain and disability for many older people. Most knee osteoarthritis studies to date have used X-rays to indirectly measure cartilage loss in knee osteoarthritis (OA) patients. These studies have primarily focused on the tibiofemoral joint (the main joint in the knee where the thigh and shin bones meet).

A new study however, has examined the effect of quadriceps strength on cartilage loss (measured using magnetic resonance imaging [MRI]) at both the tibiofemoral joint and the patellofemoral joint (where the thigh bone and knee cap meet) as well as on knee osteoarthritis (OA)  symptoms. 

The results of the new study indicate that stronger quadriceps may protect against cartilage loss in the part of the knee joint that often the source of frequent cartilage loss, pain and disability in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA). The study also showed that those with the greatest quadriceps strength had less knee pain and better physical function than those with the least strength.

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bone-healthAs we age we all naturally begin to lose Bone Mass.  In fact, most of our bone mass is acquired by the time we reach 20 years of age, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. As we age, depending on our lifestyle we will lose bone mass.

Bone loss is categorized as either osteopenia, a thinning of the bones, or as osteoporosis, where the bones become porous. The National Osteoporosis Society describes osteoporosis as a major health concern, as it is affecting so many people from all walks of life and can result in debilitating conditions taking away people's independence.

How much bone density you lose, how fast you lose it, and how badly the bone density loss effects your health and independence can be controlled; if you know what you should and should not be doing to control bone loss. The good news, is that we bone loss can be controlled  by incorporating some simple lifestyle changes.

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woman on crutchesA common osteoporosis drug prescribed to prevent bone thinning and bone fractures may cause leg fractures according to two reports presented in March 2010 at a meeting of orthopedic surgeons. Doctors have reported seeing the unusual fractures in some patients on bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax.

Case reports first surfaced about two years ago  -- orthopedists reported that women taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to prevent broken bones were showing up with rare and serious fractures of their thighbones.

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ForteoRotator cuff tears, a common sports injury, can be painful and restricting. Surgery to repair the rotator cuff damage is successful for pain management, but in many patients it does not result in full recovery of function due to poor rotator cuff healing.

New research shows an approved therapy for osteoporosis, Forteo, may speed rotator cuff healing and improve rotator cuff surgery outcomes. The discovery  eventually lead to applications to other tendon to bone surgeries, such as bicep tears or patellar tendon tears in the knee.

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man_with_Knee_PainA new osteoarthritis study indicates that glucosamine, a natural compound part of healthy cartilage, doesn't prevent cartilage loss in people with osteoarthritis of the knee. Another recent study found no evidence that glucosamine supplements had any effect on pain or function, and no improvement was noted in the X-rays of people taking it. These findings regarding the use of glucosamine supplements for in the fight against osteoarthritis is very important since many osteoarthritis sufferers take glucosamine supplements in an attempt to reduce pain or to slow osteoarthritis progression.

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woman-jumping-ropeOsteoarthritis is a condition which the wear and tear of joints over the years leads to the breakdown of cartilage and can lead to severe pain and disability.  Osteoarthritis affects about 27 million Americans, and that number is growing according to the Center for Disease and Control. According to a new study, middle-aged men and women who engage in high levels of physical activity  may be unwittingly damaging their knees and increasing their risk for knee osteoarthritis.  

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