Muscle loss might be an inevitable part of ageing, but exercise can slow this process down.
Without proper care, lockdown measures during the COVID-19 pandemic could worsen muscle loss and long-term health in ageing populations.
The timing of puberty can influence a child's bone strength throughout adolescence and into early adulthood.
New research shows that the timing of estrogen treatment is very important.
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Research in mice shows that estrogen replacement therapy has the greatest chance of reducing cardiovascular disease risk if it is begun soon after menopause.
Osteoporosis affects one in three women, but men are also concerned.
There is no treatment for osteoporosis, which affects millions of people and costs billions of euros every year. What if the solution was in the bile? Explanations.
You’re another year older but that doesn’t have to mean poorer health.
As you age, your body deteriorates and your risk of disease and injury increases. Here's a decade by decade guide to what you're up against – and what you can do about it.
Largest ever clinical study shows no benefit of vitamin D in preventing bone fractures.
There are many reasons elderly people who fracture their hip often don’t recover.
Breaking a bone is never a good thing, but breaking a hip is particularly bad. One in three older adults who break a hip will die within 12 months of the injury.
Our bones grow and change over our whole life.
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Bones protect our insides, help us to move and even help make our blood.
Bone is a dynamic tissue that is continually broken down and reformed throughout life.
Fracture risk is higher in older women than men, but in adolescence the reverse is true. These differences mean our approach to managing bone health for men and women changes across the ages.
Medical panels are constantly lowering thresholds across many diseases, which results in more and more healthy people being diagnosed as sick.
More of us are labelled as sick with the constantly changing diagnostic cut-offs for diseases. Now an international expert panel has drafted a list of things to consider before setting new thresholds.
Older people are more likely to have falls as their balance and muscle strength usually isn’t what it was.
In 2012 the total cost of poor bone health in adults aged over 50 years was A$2.75 billion, and 64% of this cost was the direct cost associated with treating and managing fractures.
Rare diseases are yielding secrets about very common conditions.
Teriparatide increases bone mineral density at the spine and hip.
Teriparatide is an injectable drug to treat severe osteoporosis, a condition where mineral loss causes the bones to become brittle and to fracture easily.
Not so dense?
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Scientists have identified a small number of people whose skeletons are extraordinarily break resistant, offering hints on how to make the bones of ordinary people stronger.
Expanding the definitions of disease can cause a cascade of overtesting and overtreatment.
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The creation of new “pre-conditions” is turning millions of people into patients across the globe.
Do you still need to take that?
As people with chronic conditions age or as their health changes, they sometimes need less medication. So when, should a person's drugs be scaled down?
Biomedical science has made our lives immeasurably better, but it’s time to accept that too much medicine can be as harmful as too little.
By forgetting that medicine postpones death rather than saving lives, we persuade ourselves it might somehow keep extending our life and come to view death as a failure of medicine.
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There’s conflicting evidence about both the efficacy and the safety of taking calcium supplements.
A clash between supporters and detractors of calcium supplements for better bone health is leading to conflicting headlines, leaving the public unsure about whom to believe. Osteoporosis is estimated to…