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Young Women Sought for Osteoporosis Study at Creighton University

In one of the first studies of osteoporosis in young women, Creighton’s Osteoporosis Research Center is currently investigating the causes of this disease in premenopausal women. Research is being funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.

Osteoporosis, or low bone mass, typically affects postmenopausal women, placing them at increased risk for fractures. However, osteoporosis also affects premenopausal women. The causes of their low bone density and fractures are not known.

According to Robert R. Recker, M.D., director of the Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton University and principal investigator of the study, osteoporosis in older women can be attributed to the decreased production of estrogen, a hormone that protects against bone loss.

“We want to know what’s causing the disease in younger women so we can identify an intervention or a treatment that would help young women improve their bone health,” said Dr. Recker.

Women eligible for the study will have regular menstrual periods and are between the ages of 20 and 48. Participants will receive a bone density scan, an extensive bone health evaluation and a monetary stipend.
More information on this study is available at:

http://osteoporosis.creighton.edu/recruit_open.htm

To enroll, call (402) 280-4839.

Posted: 2/7/06