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Archive for the 'Bone Fracture' Category

Review: Vitamin D supplements fail to change bone density

Friday, October 11th, 2013

vitamind-150x150Almost half of older adults take vitamin D with or without calcium.

Researchers at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, in Australia, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Updated recommendations to prevent and treat osteoporosis

Friday, July 5th, 2013

qf_quadriceps_strain_smAn expert committee of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) with a multi-specialty council of medical experts in the field of bone health have updated recommendations.

Let’s focus on prevention, which emphasizes many of the CAM topics that dominate this website.


Risk of injury to children who use trampolines

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Trampoline jumping is a beneficial and constructive physical exercise for children, but it has a significant risk for injuries.

Now, after reviewing the evidence, the American Academy of Pediatrics is discouraging recreational use of trampolines in the home. (more…)

Reducing the rate and risk of falling

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

Approximately 30% of people over 65 years of age living in the community fall each year.

This Cochrane review updates what we know. (more…)

Benefits of prunes for postmenopausal women

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Among nutritional factors, dried plum (prunes; Prunus domestica L.) is most effective for preventing and reversing bone loss.

Researchers in Oklahoma and Florida examined the extent to which dried plum reverses bone loss in osteopenic postmenopausal women. (more…)

Timing aquatic therapy after hip and knee replacement

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Researchers at the University of Schleswig-Holstein Medical Center, in Kiel, Germany, studied whether the timing of aquatic therapy influences clinical outcomes. (more…)

First study of Yerba Mate for osteoporosis

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

Drinking Yerba Mate (Ilex paraguariensis) tea is popular in Argentina and other South American countries.

Researchers at the National University of Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina, measured effects of Yerba Mate as part of a program for osteoporosis prevention and treatment in postmenopausal women. (more…)

Review: Near legendary status of vitamin D

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Medscape has posted a review by researchers at West Virginia University, in Morgantown. (more…)

Effect of vitamin D supplements on cancer and fracture risks

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Researchers in Boston and Japan, reviewed the effects of vitamin D with or without calcium supplementation. (more…)

Vitamin D and the risk of falls in the elderly

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota, reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Importance of vitamin D for bisphosphonate therapy

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

Several studies suggest that the response to bisphosphonates could in part be dependent on circulating blood levels of vitamin D.

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College, in New York City, examined the association between blood levels of 25 hydroxy vitamin D [25(OH)D] and the response to bisphosphonate treatment. (more…)

Use of dietary supplements by medical specialists

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Here’s a look at the use of dietary supplements by physicians in 3 specialties in the US: cardiology, dermatology, and orthopedics. (more…)

The science of vitamin D

Sunday, September 25th, 2011 has a review. (more…)

Vitamin D and prevention of osteoporotic fractures

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Writing for the California Technology Assessment Forum, Dr. Jeffrey Tice at the University of California has reviewed vitamin D and calcium as an option to lower the risk of osteoporotic fractures.

Here’s what we know. (more…)

Lower your risk of falling

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

A multifactorial fall-risk assessment including a fall history, physical exam, gait and balance evaluation, and environmental assessment is recommended for all older adults who have fallen or have a problem with gait or balance, according to Dr. Sara Bradley, assistant professor of geriatrics and palliative medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York City. (more…)

The role of soy isoflavones in menopausal health

Friday, July 15th, 2011

The beneficial effects of soy protein, soy isoflavones, and their metabolites on women’s health are unclear.

So, the North American Menopause Society convened a seminar of experts in the field. (more…)

Fatty acids and the risk of fracture in women

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

Fatty acids may be important dietary components that modulate osteoporotic fracture risk.

Researchers at The Ohio State University, Columbus, studied fatty acid intake in relation to osteoporotic fractures. (more…)

Here’s what we know about vitamin D

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Many studies suggest that we may need more vitamin D than presently recommended to prevent chronic disease.

Dr. Christine Gonzalez reviewed the evidence for disease prevention. Let’s focus on what’s known and what requires more evidence. (more…)

Isoflavones and bone health

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The chemical structure of isoflavones is very similar to that of estrogen.

Researchers at the University of Barcelona, in Spain reviewed the evidence. (more…)

Dalcroze eurhythmics reduces falls in the elderly

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Falls occur mainly while walking or performing concurrent tasks.

Researcher in Switzerland studied whether a music-based multitask exercise program (Dalcroze eurhythmics) improves gait and balance and reduces fall risk in elderly individuals. (more…)