Osteoporosis and Spinal Cord Injury

Have you been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury (SCI)? SCIs happen through traumatic events such as motor vehicle accidents, falls, or sport injuries or non-traumatic events such as arthritis, inflammation, or cancer. Are you at increased risk for lower extremity fracture? (See page 2 of the PDF for a checklist). Educate yourself! You can help … Continue reading Osteoporosis and Spinal Cord Injury

Calcium supplements

Many of our research and clinic patients have questions about calcium supplements, such as which form of calcium supplements to take and how much, and how to avoid common side effects such as constipation. Our nutrition researcher, Dr. Maryam S. Hamidi, answers these questions and offers other helpful information in the video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJuUxmMRuUQ You … Continue reading Calcium supplements

Balance exercises

Certified exercise specialist Dr. Marta Erlandson PhD, shows us exercises that help improve balance and prevent falls. These exercises are especially helpful for osteoporosis patients in preventing fractures. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHZeBc9ZuV0

Latest bone health information Jan 2014

Novel Osteoporosis Drug Could Change Treatment: Study  "A new medication for osteoporosis prompts the body to rebuild bone and could potentially strengthen the skeleton against fractures, researchers report. The experimental drug, romosozumab, frees the body's ability to stimulate bone production by blocking biochemical signals that naturally inhibit bone formation, explained Dr. Michael McClung, founding director of … Continue reading Latest bone health information Jan 2014

Vitamin K and bone health (part 2)

In our last post, we introduced the different types of vitamin K and their dietary sources, and we also noted that vitamin K has some important functions in maintaining our bone health. The question then arises: can taking vitamin K supplements protect us from osteoporosis and fractures? Our knowledge on whether vitamin K is involved … Continue reading Vitamin K and bone health (part 2)

Our Research at ASBMR 2013

Several researchers from our group were in attendance at The American Society of Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) Annual Meeting held in Baltimore MD last week (Oct 4-7). We presented the latest findings from our ongoing research studies, including atypical femur fractures, ankylosing spondilytis, vibration therapy, nutrition and body composition and more. We'll be talking about … Continue reading Our Research at ASBMR 2013

Exercise on trial (part 1)

If you have osteoporosis or are concerned about your bone health, one of the pieces of advice you may have received is to exercise regularly. Like the end goal of any osteoporosis treatment, the hope is that exercise will prevent fractures, which occur easily when bones are weak and fragile. In fact, more than 80% … Continue reading Exercise on trial (part 1)

All you ever wanted to know about osteoporosis

Well, almost all: two of our research team members here at the Osteoporosis Program, Dr. Marta Erlandson, PhD and Dr. Maryam S. Hamidi, PhD, along with Jennifer Weldon from Osteoporosis Canada, were invited to give a talk on osteoporosis for the Monthly Patient Education Talk Series at the Toronto Western Hospital. Marta's talk focused on … Continue reading All you ever wanted to know about osteoporosis