osteoporosis osteoporosis  /ˌɔ sti ˌɑ pə ˈroʊ sɪs/


  • (n) abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women


  1. Confusion surrounds the subject of osteoporosis.
  2. She was well aware of osteoporosis, the bone thinning that occurs with age, but had never heard of its precursor.
  3. A single gene seems to heighten the risk of developing osteoporosis, perhaps by hampering vitamin D uptake.


  1. Exercise key to improving osteoporosis

    The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that 10 million Americans are living with osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone-mineral density and increased fracture risk. Another 34 million are considered at risk, but luckily for most people, this disease is entirely preventable. Choosing foods that are high in calcium and...
    on June 21, 2013     Source: Observer-Reporter

  2. Osteoporosis Drug Stops Growth of Breast Cancer Cells, Even in Resistant Tumors

    DURHAM, N.C. -- A drug approved in Europe to treat osteoporosis has now been shown to stop the growth of breast cancer cells, even in cancers that have become resistant to current targeted therapies, according to a Duke Cancer Institute study.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Duke University

  3. Osteoporosis drug may help treat advanced hormone-sensitive breast cancer

    ( The Endocrine Society ) A new osteoporosis drug hinders the growth of estrogen-sensitive cancer that has become resistant to treatment with tamoxifen, a study in mice shows.
    on June 17, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

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  1. "I was deeply depressed after being told that I had osteoporosis and questioned my quality of life until I realised that it's never too late to treat. I have taken medication, have a personal trainer and I eat well and walk a lot," Holden said.
    on Oct 16, 2007 By: Mark Holden Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

  2. "Prior to the study, these men had been experiencing a rapid rate of bone loss due to inactivity. Our findings show risedronate, along with vitamin D2, effectively controls the progression of osteoporosis, and reduces the risk of hip fractures,"...
    on Mar 21, 2007 By: Yoshihiro Sato Source: Science Daily (press release)

  3. "Osteoporosis isn't just your grandmother's disease," Carmona said in releasing the first surgeon general's report on bone health. "You are never too old or too young to improve your bone health."
    on Oct 14, 2004 By: Dr Richard Carmona Source: USA Today

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