About 300,000 people in Ireland have osteoporosis, which causes bones to become weak and brittle. Photograph: iStock

Irish scientists have shed new light on why exercise boosts bone growth, which has opened the door to potential new therapies for debilitating bone di(...)

Dr Arlyng Gonzalez-Vazquez and Prof Fergal O’Brien: “If we can at least target early intervention to try to restore bone to healthy levels in older people that would be a huge advance,” says Prof O’Brien

The remarkable bone-healing powers of children have been transferred into adult cells in a major breakthrough by scientists based in Ireland. Scient(...)

A wide-ranging study was undertaken by the North Western Rheumatology Unit, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim.
The osteoporosis time bomb

Osteoporosis – characterised by depleted bone mass and disrupted bone architecture – is the commonest bone disease in the world. According to the Iris(...)

There is no need to let your skin tan or burn to benefit from the sun and soak up vitamin D. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Basking in the sunshine is such a lazy and enjoyable way to pass the time, it’s hard to believe it can do much for your health other than make you fee(...)

Most older people who have a fracture are not getting tested for osteoporosis and not having the standard treatment that can reduce their risk of a further fracture by 50 per cent,’ says Prof John Carey, consultant physician and associate professor of medicine at NUI Galway. Photograph: iStockphoto

Osteoporosis is one of those chronic medical conditions that are so prevalent, particularly in those over 60, that it is almost ignored. About 20 year(...)

While osteoporosis can occur at any age, frail elderly people are at greatest risk. One in two women and one in five men aged 50 years and older will suffer an osteoporotic fracture in their lifetime.

Osteoporosis is the most common bone disease and affects more than 200 million people worldwide. Bones become fragile and break easily, following a(...)

Alex Craig weightlifting at her club in Dolphin’s Barn. Photograph: Dave Meehan

If you think weightlifting’s for tough guys, the entrance to Dublin’s newest weightlifting club, nestled between a funeral parlour and Dolphin House f(...)