An observational research study published by the Department of Surgical Sciences at Uppsala University in Sweden, and published in the BMJ, has raised fears that drinking three glasses of milk a day doesn’t reduce the risk of suffering a fracture and may even increase risk of an early death. Professor Cyrus Cooper, Chair of the IOF Committee of National Societies, stated Read more
A new study shows that  the inability to stand on one leg for 10 seconds or to squat down to reach the floor are strong early predictors of hip fracture and mortality in postmenopausal women. The finding resulted from a 15-year follow-up study presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2014 annual meeting. The findings were particularly notable considering that the... Read more
Progress in Osteoporosis journal
A new issue (Volume 14, issue 2) of IOF’s innovative online review journal Progress in Osteoporosis (PIO) has just been published on the IOF website.  In this issue of PIO, Editor Ego Seeman provides the following critical evaluations of some of the most important articles published in the preceding few months. Topics include: Read more
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Attention all parents - new findings showthat adolescents should be as physically active as possible during the critical years of bone development. A long-term study by Brazilian researchers looked at whether physical activity during adolescence could influence bone mineral density (BMD) in early adulthood. It was part of a large study that tracked 1866 boys and 1945 girls from birth.1 Read more
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Practically every safe and effective medicine that is now used to treat diseases or medical conditions, has been made possible thanks to the involvement of thousands of patients who have volunteered to participate in clinical trials. Without these volunteers, many of the important breakthroughs in treatment and disease prevention that we have seen in the past decades would not have occurred. Read more
Type 2 diabetes mellitus  - which accounts for 90% of all diabetes cases - affects millions of people worldwide. With the ageing of the world’s population, decreasing physical activity and more obesity, the incidence of type 2 diabetes is rising at alarming rates. The International Diabetes Federation estimates that there are more than 382 million people with diabetes worldwide, and this number... Read more
It is no secret that obesity is on the increase and reaching epidemic levels in many countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 10% of the world’s adult population was obese in 1980 and obesity has since more than doubled. In the USA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that more than one-third of the adult population is obese. Not surprisingly,... Read more
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DO-HEALTH is an important European clinical trial which aims to investigate the role of three simple strategies in the prevention of chronic disease at older age: Vitamin D3, Omega 3-fatty acid supplements (marine algae) and a home exercise programme. Read more
Progress in Osteoporosis journal
Progress in Osteoporosis (PIO) is available to all registered IOF members via the IOF website. Read more
A study by researchers at the University of Geneva concludes that prevalent ankle fractures should be considered as osteoporotic fractures and taken into account in fracture-risk assessment. The research was presented at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in Seville, Spain. Read more


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