Gene discovery to lead to better osteoporosis treatment?

Posted on 05 October 2011

People paying for care who are suffering from osteoporosis may soon have better treatment, thanks to new findings.

Scientists have identified a gene that modulates bone mass and could be a risk factor for developing the condition, according to a study published in journal Cell Metabolism.

It was found that the gene could represent a new susceptibility factor for osteoporosis, potentially enabling it to be diagnosed earlier and met with more effective treatments.

"This discovery will help identify individuals with a greater predisposition to the disease who could benefit from preventive measures," noted Dr Jean Vacher, who led the study.

In other news, research published in the journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons revealed that comprehensive MRI methods can be used to detect subtle changes in joint cartilage microstructure.

These techniques could lead to better detection of early osteoarthritis, which is a common problem in those looking for ways to pay for care.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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