May 29th, 2012

Study Proposes Isotope Analysis for Earlier Detection of Bone Loss

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Are your bones getting stronger or weaker? Right now, it's hard to know. Scientists at Arizona State University and NASA are taking on this medical challenge by developing and applying a technique that originated in the Earth sciences. In a new study, this technique was more sensitive in detecting bone loss than the X-ray method used today, with less risk to patients. Eventually, it may find use in clinical settings, and could pave the way for additional innovative biosignatures to detect diseaseā€¦"The paper suggests an exciting new approach to the problem," said Dr. Rafael Fonseca, chair of the Department of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona, and a specialist in the bone-destroying disease multiple myeloma.

 

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Tags: Arizona State University, biosignatures, Dr. Rafael Fonseca, Mayo Clinic Arizona, Medical Xpress, multiple myeloma, NASA, Research

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