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New bone turnover measure is more accurate predictor of postmenopausal bone loss

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 27 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3552
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

A new measure of bone turnover—bone balance—that assesses bone breakdown and formation across the whole skeleton, based on urine and blood samples, is a more accurate predictor of bone loss in postmenopausal women than measures of bone breakdown or formation alone, a US study has shown.1

One of the study authors, Albert Shieh, from the University of California, Los Angeles, said, “Researchers have previously shown that it is difficult to predict an individual’s bone loss by testing the blood or urine for proteins that reflect either bone breakdown or bone formation alone.

“Since …

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