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Healthy Bones Nutrition, Hormones, and Genetics

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A person’s bone health is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors. For a person to have healthy bones nutrition, hormones, and genetics all play a role. Genes determine some elements of bone health, such as the overall size and shape of the person’s skeleton. Genes are non-modifiable factors. Any errors in genes or their signals can lead to congenital defects.

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Calcium Regulating Hormones in Humans: A Quick Refresher for X-ray Techs

calcium regulating hormones in humans

There are three calcium regulating hormones in humans that play a critical role in regulating the calcium level in the body and maintaining healthy bones. These hormones are parathyroid hormone, calcitriol, and calcitonin. Parathyroid hormone stimulates bone formation and bone resorption and maintains the level of calcium in the body. Calcitriol, which is produced from vitamin D, stimulates the intestines to absorb sufficient amounts of calcium and phosphorus and also has a direct effect on bones. Calcitonin is responsible for inhibiting the breakdown of bones and protecting the body against abnormally high calcium levels.

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Imaging Pediatric Patients: What Are Best Practices?

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Radiologic technologists should be aware that children are not merely small adults and that imaging pediatric patients requires certain special techniques. In fact, children have been the subject of many landmark events in medical ethics. Children undergoing radiographic imaging require special consideration not only because of their small size but also because they are more sensitive than adults to the adverse effects of ionizing radiation. In addition, children have a longer remaining lifespan during which the effects of radiation exposure can manifest. Therefore, adherence to the ALARA philosophy is critical during pediatric digital imaging.

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Bone Biology Review: What Does New Research Show?

bone biology review

There is considerable scientific knowledge about the causes, prevention, and treatment of bone disorders, but many gaps remain in this information. For example, it is not clearly understood why fractures occur in so many people. In this bone biology review, we look at some of the recent discoveries in skeletal genetics and metabolism that are expected to improve our understanding of bone health.

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Treatment of Osteoporosis in Old Age

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Many older individuals are diagnosed with osteoporosis based on the WHO criteria or prior fragility fractures. It is the healthcare provider’s responsibility to institute appropriate treatment of osteoporosis in older patients. In particular, patients with low bone mass and multiple risk factors for fractures should be considered for specific treatment of osteoporosis in old age. This is in addition to maximizing nutrition and emphasizing lifestyle modifications.

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