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Nasa team find ‘new way’ to spot osteoporosis

May 30, 2012
"It is always exciting to see new techniques being developed with the potential to increase our understanding of the evolution and mechanism of bone disease."
- Dr Nicola Peel of the National Osteoporosis Society

Nasa scientists believe they have found a way to spot osteoporosis bone loss at the earliest disease stages.

Currently, the condition can go undetected for years and may only be diagnosed with scans after weakening of the bones has led to a fracture.

The new test - designed partly with astronauts in mind as they too can suffer bone loss due to the microgravity of space - looks for traces of bone calcium in the urine.

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