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What a DXA Scan Can Reveal About Your Bone Health and Fracture Risk

Some common health concerns among postmenopausal women include breast cancer, heart attack, and stroke—but a medical condition that is more common than all of these is often overlooked. The condition is osteoporosis—weak, brittle bones that put you at high risk of suffering a bone fracture.

“More women suffer osteoporotic fractures each

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. 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.

Research suggests that not

A Type of Obesity You Can’t See May Raise Your Breast Cancer Risk

In their quest to gain a better understanding of what causes breast cancer, researchers have identified several risk factors, including getting older, early menstruation (before age 12) and/or late menopause (after age 55), family or personal history of breast cancer, mutations in the BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes, having dense breasts,

5. Diagnosing Low Back Pain in the Doctor’s Office

Medical History
In assessing your low back pain, your physician will first take a detailed medical history of your back pain. A proper history is crucial to medical care since it directs the physical examination, assessment, and treatment. Oftentimes, your physician will gather hints of your diagnosis based on your

Osteoporosis -3.0? What Your T-Score Means for Your Bone Health

Osteoporosis -3.0? What Your T-Score Means for Your Bone Health

What is osteoporosis? Think of it this way: Healthy bones are in a state of continuous breakdown and rebuilding. This process, called remodeling, is performed by specialized cells called osteoclasts, which resorb (break down) old bone, and osteoblasts, which form new bone.
In young adults, remodeling happens in a balanced fashion

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

Take Proactive Steps to Prevent Falls and Injuries

The incidence of falls and related injuries—including fractures, lacerations, and head injuries—is growing among adults age 65 and older, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sept. 23, 2016 in their Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The CDC report said that, in

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