Women’s Health Research at Yale today announced funding for three new studies.
Every year, about 1.5 million people in the United States break a bone that has been weakened by osteoporosis. And the disease – in which bone tissue is not replaced as rapidly as it naturally breaks down – affects more women than men.
Like every other organ in the body, bone is in constant flux. Cells called osteoblasts lay down new bone, competing with osteoclasts, which tear up old bone. If you’re past your mid-20s, your osteoblasts are already fighting a losing battle.
Menopause doesn’t really seem to be a thing we talk about in normal conversation or by societal convention. But there are important health reasons to discuss this topic early in life.
In an advance that helps clarify the role of a cluster of neurons in the brain, Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that these neurons not only control hunger and appetite, but also regulate bone mass.