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Bone and artery calcification . . . and other stories

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: (Published 01 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1614

Bone and heart

Calcification in arteries and in bone show an inverse relation, according to a large study in Korean women. More than 12 000 women aged 50-80 underwent bone mineral density measurements. Over nine years of follow-up, women with lower bone mineral density were substantially more likely to suffer from atherosclerotic diseases (Heart doi:10.1136/heartjnl-2020-318764). Risk of myocardial infarction, ischaemic stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes increased by around 40% for each standard deviation decrease in bone mineral density.

Inflammatory bowel disease in pregnancy

A study in the Netherlands followed the offspring of 600 women with inflammatory bowel disease. The most important findings were reassuringly negative (Gut doi:10.1136/gutjnl-2019-319129). Prenatal …

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