FDA Approves New Device To Fight Bone Loss

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(RestoreAmericanGlory.com) – A new device called Osteoboost, which is a vibration belt, may soon offer post-menopausal women an innovative solution to combat bone density loss. The device has recently received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is specifically designed for post-menopausal women diagnosed with osteopenia, a condition characterized by lower than normal bone density.

The effectiveness of Osteoboost was demonstrated in a study conducted by the University of Nebraska Medical Center, highlighting its potential in stimulating bone growth and maintaining bone mineral density and strength in the target demographic. According to Laura Yecies, the CEO of Bone Health Technologies, which is based in Redwood City, California, the device works by delivering low-frequency vibrations to critical areas such as the lumbar spine and hips.

Yecies also pointed out the low adherence to osteoporosis medications among those who are eligible, with less than 10% of individuals who qualify for such treatments actually taking them regularly. Osteoboost presents an alternative that is not only medication-free but also user-friendly, making it an attractive option for those experiencing bone density loss.

The FDA’s approval of Osteoboost on January 18 was influenced by research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The promising results of this research were shared at notable scientific gatherings last year, including the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago and the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. These findings are currently undergoing the peer review process for publication.

The concept of using vibratory stimulation to enhance bone strength is supported by studies dating back up to 15 years, according to Chris Morris, M.D., a rheumatologist at Arthritis Associates in Kingsport, Tennessee, who is not associated with Osteoboost. This background suggests a longstanding interest in vibration-based therapies for bone health, underlining the potential benefits of such approaches.

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