Smoking is Bad for Bone Health
Osteoporosis is often regarded as a disease of old age. But the path to osteoporosis may start much earlier in life, especially for girls who smoke or show signs of depression.
Kids' Tummy Fat Makes for Weaker Bones
Being "big boned" as a kid is one thing. But having big bones doesn't mean the bones are strong and dense.
Extra Vitamins Don't Always Fill the Void
Weaker bones that come with menopause might spur some women to load up on calcium and vitamin D. But supplements might not be enough to protect bones and prevent fractures.
Not Everyone Needs A Bone Density Scan
Detection of osteoporosis is important for treating and preventing bone fractures. But when it comes to bone density testing for osteoporosis, more isn’t always better.
Toss the Vitamin D and Calcium?
Preventing the risk of fractures as you grow older is important. Previously, vitamin D and calcium supplements were thought to help reduce that risk – but recommendations have changed.
Healthy Bones Could Mean a Healthy Heart
The heart needs blood pumping in and out of it to keep us alive. When arteries become clogged up with fat, cholesterol and other unhealthy stuff, the blood can't flow.
Material "Wood" Replace Damaged or Lost Bone
Remember the images of pirates scraping by with a wood leg? Well, wood may be coming back into fashion for repairing and replacing damaged bones.
Unnecessary Rx for Anorexia
There are no medications approved to treat anorexia nervosa, but often patients are given psychotropic meds anyway. These meds have multiple side-effects and no clear benefit.
Osteoporosis Screening - Answer or Problem?
Osteoporosis is a major cause of bone fractures, but not all women are being screened for it. This leaves many women at greater risk for broken bones, especially as they age.
Another Strike Against Teen Smoking
As a teenager, it’s hard to imagine that actions like smoking can have a lifetime effect. However, research is constantly showing that adolescence is an important period in women’s health.