Medicine: Strengthening Brittle Bones

One of the most universal symptoms of aging—unlike shrinking stature or wrinkling skin—is hidden from view. Virtually all bones in the body tend to become brittle because they lose some of the calcium compounds that provide rigidity and strength. The elderly are notoriously vulnerable to hip fractures from even a light fall. In some cases, ribs or the long bones of the arms or legs fracture spontaneously, without a fall or noticeable trauma. The condition can also be congenital, and in such rare cases it becomes a lifelong affliction.

At first glance, the remedy...

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