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Geology Method Promises Earlier Detection of Bone Loss

Geology Method Promises Earlier Detection of Bone Loss

Scientists are developing an earth-science technique to catch osteoporosis sooner.

Geology Method Promises Earlier Detection of Bone Loss

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 14:30

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  1. Osteoporosis – A bone disease that reduces the density of calcium in bones and increases risk of bone fracture. 
  2. Isotope Fractionation – A process which detects different versions or isotopes of an element such as calcium. 
  3. Isotopes – Atoms of the same chemical element that differ in the number of neutrons that they have; measuring the ratios of different isotopes of calcium that are present in the body may help researchers better detect signs of diseased bones.

 

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