Friday, March 17, 2023


from eClinicalMedicine

Air pollution is linked to a variety of health issues. New research from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health focuses on bone loss from osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Women more than men are susceptible to osteoporosis— with nearly one-half of women over fifty experiencing fractures because of it. The study, appearing in eClinicalMedicine, identified nitrogen oxide as a major contributor to bone damage. It further identifies the spine as most susceptible to damage. Car and truck exhaust are a major source of nitrogen oxide. Researchers suggest improvements in air pollution, particularly nitrogen oxides, will reduce bone damage in postmenopausal women, and thus preventing bone fractures.