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Geology Method Promises Earlier Detection of Bone Loss

Tue, 2013-01-08 09:28 -- llancaster

Scientists are developing an earth-science technique to catch osteoporosis sooner.
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Jan 8 2013 - 9:30am
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Geology technique could offer early detection of bone loss  

Astrobiology at Arizona State University

Ariel D. Anbar

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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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