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Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines Miss Many Women in the 50-64 Age Range

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) is a panel of experts appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to review current medical practices and issue recommendations based on their findings. But their recommendations regarding osteoporosis screenings have been a subject of

10 Tips to Fight Osteoporosis

Because 70 percent of our bone destiny is due to heredity, you’re at greater risk for osteoporosis if you have a family history of the disease—but that doesn’t mean you can’t help shape the health of your bones.

We actively build bone until our mid-20s, then we start to slowly lose

What Is a DEXA Scan?

What Is a DEXA Scan?

A DEXA scan, also written as DXA scan, is what health professionals call dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, and it’s a test that measures the strength of your bones as you age. A DEXA scan is necessary for certain individuals because the body manufactures bone less efficiently as we get older. But

5. Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is by far the more common type of sleep apnea. In OSA, breathing is interrupted when the upper airway is blocked by the collapse of excess soft tissue in the back of the mouth during sleep (see Box 5-1, “The Anatomy of Obstructive Sleep Apnea”). The

Ask the Doctor: Osteoporosis and Atrial Fibrillation

Q. I fell getting out of the bathtub and fractured my wrist last year, and a friend said the fracture could be a sign that I have osteoporosis. Is she correct?

A. Your friend is correct—your broken wrist could signal possible osteoporosis. In fact, osteoporosis-related wrist fractures represent about 250,000 fractures

Bone Density Testing: All You Need to Know

Prior to menopause, the hormone estrogen helps women maintain their bone density. However, after the onset of menopause, estrogen levels drop and bone loss increases, placing women at risk for osteoporosis and fractures. Bone mineral density (BMD) testing can keep track of bone loss, but which risk factors should guide

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