The history of osteoporosis: why do Egyptian mummies have porotic bones?

Stride, P. J. O., Patel, N. and Kingston, D. (2013) The history of osteoporosis: why do Egyptian mummies have porotic bones?. Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 43 3: 254-261. doi:10.4997/JRCPE.2013.314

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Author Stride, P. J. O.
Patel, N.
Kingston, D.
Title The history of osteoporosis: why do Egyptian mummies have porotic bones?
Journal name Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1478-2715
2042-8189
Publication date 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4997/JRCPE.2013.314
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 43
Issue 3
Start page 254
End page 261
Total pages 8
Place of publication Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Publisher Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Collection year 2014
Abstract Paleopathologists have identified osteoporosis in ancient skeletons and modern physicians and scientists have identified risk factors for osteoporosis today, but they are not clearly linked, making it more difficult to clarify the causes of osteoporosis in the past. The evidence for osteoporosis in the remote past, its causes, and the management of this disease is reviewed in the light of evolving and improving diagnostic modalities, more precise definitions, and the recent rapid expansion of therapeutic options. While the specific effects of parity and lactation on the development of osteoporosis are still not entirely clear, duration of reproductive span and age at first pregnancy appear to be significant predisposing factors.
Keyword Diagenesis
Lactation
Osteoporosis
Paleopathology
Pregnancy
Skeletons
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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