NEW TREATMENT FOR BRITTLE BONES

NEW TREATMENT FOR BRITTLE BONES

NEW TREATMENT FOR BRITTLE BONES 300x153 NEW TREATMENT FOR BRITTLE BONES As if arthritis or asthma weren’t bad enough, women who take steroid medications to ease the pain and inflammation of those ailments must contend with a terrible side effect: severe bone loss. Now researchers think they’ve hit upon a combination of hormones that blunts the danger and might eventually prove beneficial for anyone with osteoporosis.

Scientists at the University of California studied 51 post menopausal women who had been taking estrogen pills and a corticosteroid such as prednisolne. For 28 of the women, the researchers added to the regimen daily doses of parathyroid hormone, which helps govern calcium absorption.

After one year those getting the parathyroid hormone had, on average, 11 per cent more bone in their spines than they had at the start. The gain in the second group was negligible.

Trials in which the hormone is used to treat the more common type of osteoporosis are also yielding promising results, though questions remain about the strength of the newly formed bone. Additional findings are expected later this year.

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