04Mar 2012
Springer

The secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC), also known as osteonectin, plays an important role in osteoblast formation, maturation, and survival.

Summary

The secreted protein acidic and rich in cysteine (SPARC), also known as osteonectin, plays an important role in osteoblast formation, maturation, and survival. Here, we report the effects of recombinant human parathyroid hormone (1-34) [rhPTH (1-34)], a bone formation-stimulating agent, and elcatonin on plasma SPARC levels in patients with osteoporosis. The rhPTH (1-34) treatment significantly increased plasma SPARC levels, and the change of plasma SPARC correlated positively with changes of lumbar bone mineral density (BMD) at L2–L4. These results unveil that SPARC may be a novel marker related to the regulation of bone formation.

Autor: L. Zhang, L. Li, M. Yang, K. Xu, G. Boden, G. Yang

04Oct 2009
bmjlogonew

BMJ. 2009 Oct 1;339:b3692. doi: 10.1136/bmj.b3692. Review.

CONCLUSIONS: Supplemental vitamin D in a dose of 700-1000 IU a day reduced the risk of falling among older individuals by 19% and to a similar degree as active forms of vitamin D. Doses of supplemental vitamin D of less than 700 IU or serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations of less than 60 nmol/l may not reduce the risk of falling among older individuals.

Autor: Bischoff-Ferrari HA, Dawson-Hughes B, Staehelin HB, Orav JE, Stuck AE, Theiler R, Wong JB, Egli A, Kiel DP, Henschkowski J.