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When mucus can be key to treating colon and airway diseases

New research reveals how healthy cells in our bodies produce mucins — the main component of mucous, which protects our intestine and airway from pathogens, toxins and allergens. Scientists have already linked defects in mucins secretion to airway and colonic diseases, such as asthma or ulcerative colitis. Now, researchers at Malhotra’s laboratory in Barcelona, reveal […]

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Osteoporosis: Could probiotics protect bone health?

Bones do not just grow once and then stay the same for life. Instead, bone is made up of living tissue that is constantly being broken and remodeled into new bone. This process is more efficient when we are young. By around age 30, the body stops increasing bone mass, and once we reach our […]

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Osteoporosis in Men: Undertreated and Overlooked

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 1 in 4 men will have an osteoporosis-related broken bone.(Getty Images) Osteoporosis is generally viewed as a woman’s disease, but men get it, too. While this fragile bone disease is indeed more common in women, there is increasing recognition that it strikes men more frequently than previously believed. Whereas […]

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Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Improve Bone Health Of Adults

Taking vitamin D supplements may not improve bone density or prevent falls and fractures in adults, findings of a new study have revealed. In the meta-analysis reported in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, Alison Avenell of the University of Aberdeen in the UK and colleagues analyzed the data from 81 randomized trials to study the […]

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Strategies to protect bone health in hematologic stem cell transplant recipients

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the treatment of choice for many patients with malignant and non-malignant hematological diseases, such as leukemia and multiple myeloma. The success of recent advances in such transplantation techniques and supportive care measures, has led to greater numbers of long-term HSCT survivors. Consequently, an increasing patient population is impacted by […]

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Osteoporosis, fracture risk predicted with genetic screen

A new genetic screen may predict a person’s future risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture, according to a study by a researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Specifically, the study, one of the largest of its kind, identified 899 regions in the human genome associated with low bone-mineral density, 613 of which have […]