Sci. Aging Knowl. Environ., 6 November 2002
Vol. 2002, Issue 44, p. ns8
[DOI: 10.1126/sageke.2002.44.ns8]


The Plot Thickens on Thin Bones

The signals that keep bones strong deteriorate with age. New findings reveal why, and researchers are using the knowledge to develop ways to treat osteoporosis

R. John Davenport;2002/44/ns8

Abstract: With age, bones thin and weaken, leaving the elderly susceptible to fractures. The affliction, known as osteoporosis, strikes millions of people, especially postmenopausal women. Recent strides in understanding the signals that control whether bone grows or shrinks offer insight into the causes of osteoporosis and promise to lead investigators to a new class of treatments. In addition, research is illuminating links between bone loss and other health problems such as heart disease.

Citation: R. J. Davenport, The Plot Thickens on Thin Bones. Science's SAGE KE (6 November 2002),;2002/44/ns8

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