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TWU Institute for Women’s Health Searches for Participants of Bone Density Study for 25-year follow-up

08/09/06


DENTON — Researchers at Texas Woman’s University’s Institute for Women’s Health (IWH) are asking people who participated in bone density tests at TWU 25 years ago to return to Denton for a follow-up test that will assess their current risk of developing osteoporosis.

These individuals participated in a bone density study at the university around 1980 under the direction of the TWU Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences. They were asked about diet, reproductive history and any bone fractures. The subjects also had the bone density of their hands and forearms measured.

The latest study is titled “A Fifty-year Follow-up Study of Longitudinal Changes of Bone Mineral Density,” and its purpose is to investigate the longitudinal bone mineral density changes of participants who originally participated in research conducted by Pauline Beery Mack (1950s) and Alice Miner, Betty Alford and Ginger Brewer (1980s). A secondary purpose is to collect anthropometric and lifestyle variables from all individuals to determine if these factors are predictors of bone density.

Anyone who participated in the project or knows someone who did is asked to call the TWU Institute for Women's Health at 940-898-2792.

The Institute for Women’s Health, formerly known as the Center for Research on Women’s Health, was established on the TWU-Denton campus in 1993.The mission of the IWH has always been to gather data and disseminate information that will lead to cost-effective disease prevention and health maintenance programs for women and girls.

In 2003, the IWH joined the College of Health Sciences. The IWH serves as a research and education resource for TWU’s health professions programs on the Denton campus. For more information, visit www.twu.edu/womenshealth.

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Amanda McKeen Simpson
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