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Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
News from the RSNA Journal Radiology
June 24, 2008
Simple Ultrasound Exam May Predict Osteoporosis Risk At A Glance
An ultrasound exam of the heel may be able to predict if a woman is at heightened risk for fractures due to osteoporosis, according to a new multicenter study being published in the July issue of the journal Radiology. Along with certain risk factors, including age or recent fall, radiation-free ultrasound of the heel may be used to better select women who need further bone density testing, such as a dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) exam.
In the three-year multicenter study, 6,174 women age 70 to 85 with no previous formal diagnosis of osteoporosis were screened with heel-bone quantitative ultrasound (QUS), a diagnostic test used to assess bone density. QUS was used to calculate the stiffness index, which is an indicator of bone strength, at the heel. Researchers added in risk factors such as age, history of fractures or a recent fall to the results of the heel-bone ultrasound to develop a predictive rule to estimate the risk of fractures.
In the group of higher risk women, 290 (6.1 percent) developed fractures whereas only 27 (1.8 percent) of the women in the lower risk group developed fractures. Among the 66 women who developed a hip fracture, 60 (90 percent) were in the higher risk group.
The results show that heel QUS is not only effective at identifying high-risk patients who should receive further testing, but also may be helpful in identifying patients for whom further testing can be avoided.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
When you go for your next DEXA scan, be sure to inform the radiologist, in writing, about your daily dose of strontium and how long you have been taking it. He can make a correction, or at least note on your results, that you have been taking strontium. Without an adjustment in the interpretation, BMD can be read as artificially high. You might be wise to give the clinician a copy of "Strontium DEXA Scan Effect," which you can print out at www.osteopenia3.com/Strontium-dexa-scan.html.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
Mention osteoporosis to most people and they automatically think of women, especially older women, but men and young women can also have brittle bones. According to Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld's article in Parade (May 18, 2008, page 8), two million men is the U.S.A. have the disease, and 12 million more are at risk. I haven't found statistics for young women, but I have read blog posts from several women in their 20's and 30's with osteoporosis.
- Steroids taken to treat asthma or arthritis
- Long-term use of antacids containing aluminum
- Low levels of sex hormones (Hysterectemies in women can cause this.)
- Too much thyroid hormone
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Lack of exercise
- Inadequate dietary calcium
- Lactation (Nursing mothers lose calcium.)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I gave my body a month to clear out the drug and then I began taking strontium citrate 680 mg once daily. I feel well again and began this blog to relate my progress and get comments from others.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Thank you for your interest for Protelos. Protelos is registered in 84 countries worldwide but has not yet been filed to the FDA and thus, for the time being, it is not possible to give you any indication on availability date in the USA.
Scientific Director Servier International Canada, USA, Northern, Central & Eastern Europe
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Friday, May 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
How Strontium Builds Bones
Osteoporosis is caused by changes in bone production. In healthy young bones there is a constant cycle of new bone growth and bone removal. With age, more bone is removed and less new bone is produced. The bones become less dense and thus more fragile.
Scientists believe that strontium works in two ways. It may stimulate the replication of pre-osteoblasts, leading to an increase in osteoblasts (cells that build bone). Strontium also directly inhibits the activity of osteoclasts (cells that break down bone). The result is stronger bones.
When taking strontium, be sure to take 1200 mg calcium, 1000 IU vitamin D3, and 500 mg magnesium daily. It is best to take strontium late at night on an empty stomach. Calcium and strontium may compete with each other for absorption if taken together.
For More Information About Strontium
- A Dose-response Study With Strontium Malonate
- Antifracture Efficacy Over 10 Years With Strontium Ranelate
- Correction Of BMD For Strontium
- International Osteoporosis Foundation
- Long-Term BMD Increases with Strontium Ranelate
- National Osteoporosis Foundation
- Osteoporosis And Bone Physiology
- PREVOS And STRATOS Clinical Trials Of Strontium For Treating Osteoporosis
- Photo Of Lead Researcher in Strontium Citrate Clinical Trial
- Post-Marketing Assessment of the Safety of Strontium Ranelate
- Protelos After Long-Term Bisphosphonate Use
- PubMed Abstract On The SOTI Study
- PubMed Abstract On The TROPOS Study
- Strontium Dexa Scan Effect
- Strontium Ranelate (Protelos)
- Strontium Ranelate For Spinal Osteoarthritis
- Strontium Ranelate for Men
- Strontium: Breakthrough Against Osteoporosis
- Tests For Causes of Osteoporosis
- Tests for Osteoporosis
- Thirteen Key Diagnostic Tests