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New Early Warning Sign of Knee Osteoarthritis

X-rays may look normal, but knee damage appearing on MRI predicts arthritis ahead ...

UNC researchers find new way to force stem cells to become bone cells

Potential therapies based on this discovery could help people heal bone injuries or set hardware, such as replacement knees and hips. ...

Receptors on bone cells connected to inflammatory bone loss and bone formation

Receptors on bone cells activate bone loss in contact with bacteria that cause inflammation in patients resulting in loosening of the teeth, loosening dental and orthopaedic implants or arthritis. The discovery indicates that the so-called Toll-like receptors also play an important role in the formation of new bone. This according to a dissertation at Umeå University that improves the understanding of how the inflammatory processes leading to bone loss are connected to changes in the body’s new bone formation. ... Full story

Wrist fractures could be predictor of susceptibility to serious fractures in postmenopausal women

The study highlights the importance of developing strategies to prevent future fractures after an initial wrist fracture occurs ... Full story

Muscle loss linked with falls and fractures in elderly

Older people with an age-related loss of muscle mass and strength may be at greater risk of falling and bone fractures, according to new research led by the University of Southampton. ... Full story

Penn Dental Medicine Study Shows How Stem Cell Therapy Protects Bone in Lupus

People with lupus, an autoimmune disease, suffer from fatigue, joint pain and swelling and also have a markedly increased risk of developing osteoporosis. Clinical trials have shown that receiving a transplant of mesenchymal stem cells can greatly improve the condition of lupus patients, yet it has not been clear why this treatment strategy works so well. ... Full story

Australians across the generations at risk with weak understanding of osteoporosis

New bone alliance seeks to strengthen knowledge and drive positive change ... Full story

High-volume facilities better for nursing hip fractures

A new study finds that the volume of hip fracture cases seen at a skilled nursing facility in the prior 12 months is a good predictor of whether a facility can successfully discharge patients back home within 30 days. That information could help families trying to decide where to seek care for an elderly loved one. ... Full story

Scientists decode structure at root of muscular disease

Rice, Baylor College of Medicine team reveals mechanism of actin-binding protein ... Full story

Of brains and bones: How hunger neurons control bone mass

By Karen N. Peart - In an advance that helps clarify the role of a cluster of neurons in the brain, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that these neurons not only control hunger and appetite, but also regulate bone mass. ... Full story

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