[Effect of cigarette smoking on bone density]


JUNE 20, 2005

Ca&Bone - 2005;8(02)

[INTRODUCTION - Smoking is associated with a decreased bone mass and increased risk of osteoporotic fractures.The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of current tobacco smoking to bone mineral density (BMD) in Hungarian females. PATIENTS AND METHODS - We measured BMD in 43 (25-72 yrs) smoker and 43 age- and BMI-matched non-smoker women by dual X-ray absorptiometry (Prodigy, GE Lunar) at the lumbar spine and proximal femur and by single photon absorptiometry at the radius midshaft of the non-dominant side (NK 364, Gamma). RESULTS - Osteoporosis (T-score at any measured site below - 2.5) was found to be more common among smokers compared to non smokers (63.6% vs 36.4%, χ2-test p=0.009). Among premenopausal women no difference was found in BMD between the two groups, whereas postmenopausal smoker women tended to have a lower BMD value compared to those who didn’t smoke. In postmenopausal women a decrease of borderline significance was found in lumbar BMD (0.977 vs 1.04; p=0.06). CONCLUSION - Our observation suggests that there is only a slight decrease in bone mass due to smoking, however, added to menopausal bone loss this effect can be a significant contributor to the increased fracture risk of involutional age.]



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[Disturbance of bone development in experimental hepatic cirrhosis in growing rats]

FERENCZ Viktória és munkatársai

[INTRODUCTION -The pathomechanism of hepatic osteopathy is not fully understood.We investigated how bone parameters change in growing rats with experimentally induced fatty liver, liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS - Liver disease was induced by administration of CCl4 and phenobarbital (PB) following a single injection of diethylnitrosamine (DEN) in 55 Fischer 344 rats.Animals were sacrificed and their femur removed at week 8 or 16. Bone mineral content (BMC), femoral length, cortical index (ratio of cortical thickness and total diameter at the diaphysis) and ultimate bending load (Fmax) of femora were determined. Results of animals treated with DEN+PB+CCl4 (group DPC, n=21) were compared to untreated animals (n=14) and to a second control group treated only with DEN+PB (group DP, n=20). RESULTS - Fatty liver and cirrhosis developed in each animal in the DPC group (n=21) at week 8 and in a subgroup of these animals (n=11) hepatocellular carcinoma also appeared by week 16. No changes in bone parameters were observed in this group at week 8, but lower BMD, femoral length, cortical index and Fmax values were found at week 16 compared to the untreated controls or to the DP group (p<0.05 for both). In the DP group no fatty liver or cirrhosis was observed at any time. Femoral length and Fmax values were higher in the DP group at week 8 compared to the untreated controls (p<0.05 for both).At week 16, however, no difference could be detected. CONCLUSION - Experimentally induced liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma are associated with growth inhibition and reduced bone mineral content, cortical index and mechanical resistance in growing rats.]






[Mechanotransduction, or the impact of physical activity on bone architecture]


[It has long been known that, along with bone mineral content, bone strength is also fundamentally determined by its architecture.This architecture is shaped primarily by the forces that act on the bone, i.e., gravity and muscle traction conveyed by the tendons.Thus the bone acts as a kind of a mechanostat. The authors provide an overview of the literature on the systems that regulate mechanotransduction turning mechanical strain into bone texture. Regularly performed movements that provide a frequently changing axial load induce an extracellular fluid flow in the lacunar system of the bones.This flow induces prostaglandin synthesis in the osteocytes, which in turn inhibits the Receptor Activator of Nuclear factor κB (RANK) - RANK-Ligand (RANKL) mechanism through the secretion of osteoprotegerin by osteoblasts.This leads to osteoclast inhibition. Furthermore, leptin secretion by osteoblasts increases, which enhances osteoblast activation and inhibits the apoptosis of osteocytes and osteoblasts by both an autocrine and paracrine route. All these together act in the direction of bone formation. Based on the available evidence, the authors conclude that regular exercise results in an increased bone mass, better muscle strength and firmer balance, which leads to a decreased fracture risk.Thus, physical activity, through its beneficial effects on cardiac and bone health described above, contribute to the improvement of the quality of life.]



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[The significance of osteoporosis is well known, however, the number of patients receiving treatment is only a small fraction of ideal. Besides, the fact that the population is uninformed, the difficulties of making an appointment with a specialist and the unsatisfactory communication of the doctor all play a part in the fact that a high proportion of patients receiving mediation give up treatment prematurely. The Inter - na tional Osteoporosis Foundation supports the establishment of public patient clubs with regular training courses and grants and by doing so it also acknowledges their importance in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. The publication, based on the questionnaire filled in by the members of the first Hungarian patient club, the Hungarian Society of Osteopo - rosis Patients in district 3rd, introduces the Hungarian results and points out how important patient clubs are in increasing the success of treatment and it also draws attention to the necessity of establishing further patient clubs in the future.]


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[Once again on adherence - Is it just fashionable or indeed a timely issue?]

VALKUSZ Zsuzsanna

[Nonadherence to pharmacological treat-ment in osteoporosis is a well-recognised problem not only in Hungary but all over the world. As in other chronic diseases, adherence to osteoporosis treatment is poor, which results in serious problems affecting patients as well as health care resources. Low adherence rates consistent-ly result in increased rates of fractures. Some approaches aimed to improve com-plience and persistence, such as extension of dosing intervals, might improve patients’ adherence to therapy. International clinical studies have demonstrated that the number of fractures cannot be reduced without suf-ficient adherence. Improving patient edu-cation, enhancing interactions between health care providers and patients, taking into account patients’ preferences and involving them in treatment decisions may all improve adherence.]

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[United Nations program to reduce premature cardiovascular mortality by 2025 and the estimation of the success of the program]


[Worldwide surveys show that cardiovascular (CV) mortality is the decisive element of total mortality. Between 1990 and 2013, the absolute number of CV deaths increased by 40.8%. Within this, ischemic heart disease (IHD) and stroke, such as the two main elements of mortality, have also increased to such an extent. Compared to the increase in absolute deaths, the age-standardized mortality rate per 100,000 population declined by 21.9%. The cause of the paradox is the development of therapy and the increase in the average age of the population. What is decisive for the lost life years (YLL) in CV cause of deaths IHD is moved from 4th to 1st place, stroke from 5th to third. This change is typical in the most regions of the world, including Central Europe and, above all, Hungary. The following factors contribute to increasing IHD and stroke mortality: smoking, hypertension, obesity, physical inactivity, diabetes. In 2011, the United Nations Conference on Communicable Diseases a uniform resolution was made, that it is a key objective for all nations to reduce their premature mortality by 25% in 2025. The CV diseases have been highlighted in a separate program and their name was “Heart of 25 by 25”. The main objective is to reduce the of premature CV mortality (probability of dying between 30 and 70 years). The target consists of main points: 30% reduction in smoking, 25% reduction in the prevalence of high blood pressure, halt the rise in obesity and diabetes type 2. Worldwide estimations were made on what would be expected in 2025 when the program was successful or unsuccessful. If the current trend remains then 30% in women and 34% in men would increase premature mortality. If all factors are influenced, then the increase will be only 1% for women and a reduction by 6% for men for developed countries, a reduction in both sexes would exceed 20%.]

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NAGY József, BÁLINT Géza, TAKÁCS Katalin, WINKLER Valéria, RATKÓ István, BÁLINT Péter

[INTRODUCTION - Studies suggest that Colles’ fracture is the earliest of the osteoporotic fractures, and thus may be the first indication of the disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS - Fifty-seven consecutive patients with Colles’ fracture who presented between 1st of October 2003 and 1st of February 2004 at the traumatology out-patient clinic of Semmelweis Hospital, Kiskunhalas were screened for osteoporosis. RESULTS - Of the 43 postmenopausal women, 41 was found to have osteoporosis by DEXA scan, but only one was aware of her disease and received treatment. Out of these 41 patients 15 had fractures previously, 9 of whom had more than one. None of the four premenopausal women had osteoporotic DEXA measurement values. All of the 10 male patients had osteoporosis, 6 had previous fractures, 5 of them more then once. One patient required surgery, there was a prolonged fracture healing in 10 cases, and reflex sympathetic dystrophy developed in 3 patients. CONCLUSION - Since in this study more than 95% of postmenopausal women with Colles’ fracture had underlying osteoporosis, the authors conclude that DEXA scanning of these patients is recommended. Based on the results, it seems that screening for osteoporosis is indicated for both men and women after radius fracture.]