Early detection possible for osteoporosis

Nasa scientists believe they have found a way to spot osteoporosis bone loss at the earliest disease stages.

Currently, the condition can go undetected for years and may only be diagnosed using scans after weakening of the bones has led to a fracture.

The new test – designed partly with astronauts in mind as they too can suffer bone loss due to the microgravity of space – looks for traces of bone calcium in the urine.

As well as being useful for diagnosing osteoporosis, the technique could help monitor other diseases that affect the bones, including cancer.

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2015-02-10T14:47:55+00:0011 June 2012|