Medicine: Bone Booster

A treatment for osteoporosis

Millions of Americans -- most often older women -- suffer to some degree from osteoporosis, the potentially crippling affliction that thins the bones and makes them susceptible to fractures. When the loss of bone occurs in the spine -- one of the most common sites -- patients may experience shortened stature, curvature of the back and pain in both the back and abdomen. Women who take calcium pills can sometimes prevent the onset or progression of the disease, but there has been no successful treatment for patients who have substantial bone loss.

Last week researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern...

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