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Published on Nov 27, 2007
From San Francisco - Fractures related to high-speed trauma may be associated with osteoporosis. In an analysis of more than 14,000 patients, researchers noted that osteoporosis raised the risk for bone fractures related to low impact, from such things as falling, as well as breaks related to high impact injuries like car accidents. The results mean that elderly patients with high-impact fractures should be evaluated for osteoporosis.
From Cambridge - The brain changes seen in obsessive compulsive disorder appear to run in families. Researchers measuring the brain activity of 100 individuals, some of whom had OCD, noted altered function in the parts of the brain responsible for stopping body movements. Family members shared this brain activity, adding further evidence that the condition may be genetic.
And finally, from London - Being an urban dweller can raise the risk of having high breast density, a potential risk factor for cancer. An analysis of nearly 1,000 women showed that living in urban areas raised the risk for increased breast density by a factor of two. The raised risk may be related to age, increased exposure to fossil fuels, and having children later in life.