Category Archives: Bone Health

The Double Edge of vitamin D Supplementation: From Heart disease to Multiple Sclerosis

The Double Edge of vitamin D Supplementation: From Heart disease to Multiple Sclerosis

Low blood serum  levels of vitamin D are often associated with  chronic issues as diverse as Multiple Sclerosis and Cardiovascular diseases. Is vitamin D supplementation helpful, and does it carry risks? Let us look first at the role of vitamin D in Cardiovascular diseases: My previous post on the dangers of …Read the Rest

IN DEPTH: Is There A Role For Nutraceuticals In Heart Disease?

IN DEPTH: Is There A Role For Nutraceuticals In Heart Disease?

Heart disease falls  into several classes: Coronary disease is the most frequent [1], but valvular [2] is not far behind: Who doesn’t have a relative or friend who had some heart valve replaced or bypass surgery? Actually [2] is giving epidemiology statistics: “…Aortic valve sclerosis (aortic valve thickening and calcification) seem …Read the Rest

IN DEPTH: About Heart Risks, Calcium, and Food Fortification

IN DEPTH: About Heart Risks, Calcium, and Food Fortification

All right, what are the foods and food  supplements that are touted as beneficial for your heart? Easy: Vitamins: E , B complex, D, K Compounds and polyphenols: CoEnzymeQ10, Resveratrol, Flavonol, Soy  Minerals: Selenium, magnesium and many more… We posted in MND [1] on such and other nutrients reputed to be good …Read the Rest

FDA approves Xgeva [denosumab] to help prevent metastasized cancer-related bone injury

FDA approves Xgeva [denosumab] to help prevent metastasized cancer-related bone injury

MediNewsDigest: The FDA has already approved other  drugs for similar conditions including Zometa (zoledronic acid) and Aredia (pamidronate disodium).But:”…Xgeva was superior to Zometa in delaying skeletal-related events (SREs)…” For a link to the FDA press release, click here MediNewsDigest: So what is Xgeva buying, with all the possible side effect of …Read the Rest

Civilian Applications of Military’s Advanced Medical Projects (Wired)

Civilian Applications of Military’s Advanced Medical Projects (Wired)

MediNewsDigest: These obviously are projects in the public domain.To go to Wired’s very interesting list of such military projects, click here. Some of them were already known, but the images are stunning and the articles well done. MediNewsDigest Notes: One of the projects we find most fascinating is the prosthetic/bionic …Read the Rest

Bisphosphonate class  of Osteoporosis drugs to carry fracture risk warning in US (BBC,FDA)

Bisphosphonate class of Osteoporosis drugs to carry fracture risk warning in US (BBC,FDA)

MediNewsDigest: The FDA requirement (BBC) of  warning about the risk of “… the cause of these thigh bone breaks..” puzzle me. What is the consumer, (hmm, patient) to do: Are there other drugs on the market that purport to solve the same problem? See the link to the FDA warning Is …Read the Rest

Lilly osteoporosis drug regrows jaw bone: study (Reuters)

Lilly osteoporosis drug regrows jaw bone: study (Reuters)

MediNewsDigest: What is amazing is that, not only does the bone regrow, but that the original jaw shape would be maintained. Here is the link to Reuters on this entry

Bone Technology: Titanium Foams Replace Injured Bones (sciencedaily)

Bone Technology: Titanium Foams Replace Injured Bones (sciencedaily)

MediNewsDigest: Interesting new technology for those hard-to-heal fractures and other bone repair issues. Titanium foam has the strength, resilience, and a spong like structure similar to bone’s. This is german engineering, where is the US on this? (sciencedaily)

Olive oil good for your bones? (nutraingredients)

Olive oil good for your bones? (nutraingredients)

MediNewsDigest:  Quoting    “nutraingredients”: “. ….The potential bone health benefits of the olive polyphenol, oleuropein, are related to its ability to stimulate cells responsible for bone formation, says a new study that explains the mode of action of the compound….” Another feather in the mediterannean diet’s cap!

Bone Faster Healing for Severe Fractures with Assisted Regeneration (MIT)

Bone Faster Healing for Severe Fractures with Assisted Regeneration (MIT)

MediNewsDigest: Regenerative techniques  use of a thin tissue called the periosteum, which lines the outer surface of all bones and contains stem cells that develop into bone to repair damage. They essentially wrap the fracture bone in a sleeve of periosteum from  the patient. MIT

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