611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

Health Choice Integrated Care crisis Line

NurseWise 24-Hour Crisis Line


611 W. Union Street
Benson, AZ 85602
(520) 586-0800

NurseWise 24-Hr Crisis Line


powered by centersite dot net

Getting Started
Here are some forms to get started. These can be printed and brought with you so that you can pre-fill out some known info ahead of time. More...

Medical Disorders
Basic InformationLookupsLatest News
Can You Be Obese But Heart-Healthy? Study Says NoTonsillectomy May Carry More Risks in Kids Age 3 and UnderReview: Virtual Reality Distracts From Pain of Medical ProceduresGut Bacteria May Be Tied to Brain Dysfunction From SepsisDirty Air May Harm Blacks More Than WhitesNovel Pediatric Appendicitis Risk Calculator Accurately IDs RiskManaging Pain With Fewer Opioids After Joint ReplacementHealth Tip: Suggestions to Improve Your CholesterolHead Injury Outcomes Better With Trauma Center CareThat Motorcycle Helmet Just May Save Your SpineBronchial Thermoplasty Can Improve Severe Asthmatic CoughGreat Recession Linked to Increase in BP, Blood GlucosePeople Aren't as Safe From Lead as Thought, Study SuggestsA New Hip May Mean a Longer, Better LifeOver 5,100 Noncongenital Zika Cases Reported in U.S. in 2016Vitamin D3 May Benefit Heart Surgery PatientsGenetic Heart Defects Rarely the Cause of SIDS, Research ShowsDealing With an Exercise-Related InjuryHealth Tip: Recognize Symptoms of Traumatic Brain InjuryProgression of Obesity Influences Risk of Diabetes Over Life CourseMosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus in Parts of U.S.: CDCBest Way to Fight Off Norovirus: Wash Your HandsAfter Knee Replacement, Play OnHigher Sun Exposure Tied to Lower Risk of Multiple SclerosisAspirin Therapy Appears Safe Before Thyroid SurgeryFirst Screening Tests Approved for Tickborne ParasiteBroken, Sprained Necks: These Sports Pose the Most RiskStem Cell Clinics Pitch Pricey, Bogus 'Cures' for Knee PainIntensive BP Lowering Doesn't Cut Cerebral PerfusionHigh Cholesterol Tied to Better Brain Health in Those Over 85As Years Spent Obese Rise, So Do Heart DangersCalcium ± Vit D Supplements Up Risk of Colon Adenomas, Polyps'Western' Diet Associated With Respiratory Symptoms, COPDU.S. Gun Injuries Getting More SevereCalcium Supplements Tied to Higher Odds of Colon PolypsObesity to Blame for Jump in Health Care CostsOptimism Might Help You Handle AnginaAAN: Gluten-Free Diet May Help Cut Pain in Gluten NeuropathyYears of Football Could Harm the HeartNo 'Obesity Paradox'? The Overweight May Not Live LongerCutting Out Gluten May Help Some Battle Nerve PainDiesel Exhaust Might Raise Truckers' Odds for ALSYou're Less Likely to Get a Blood Transfusion NowVaricose Veins Tied to Higher Odds for Blood ClotsPrevalence of ALS Remained at 5.0/100,000 in U.S. in 2014Female Hormones May Play Part in AsthmaGrowth Rates of Small Renal Masses Highly Variable Early OnLearning Problems May Accompany Kidney DiseasePoorer Kids May Fare Worse After Heart SurgeryRisk Factors for Recurrence of Acute Diverticulitis Identified
Questions and AnswersLinksBook Reviews
Related Topics

Men's Health
Women's Health

Smog May Harm Your Bones, Too

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Nov 10th 2017

new article illustration

THURSDAY, Nov. 9, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to air pollution can increase the risk for osteoporosis and broken bones in older adults, a new U.S. study suggests.

Researchers analyzed data on 9.2 million Medicare enrollees in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic area who had been hospitalized for fractures from 2003 to 2010.

The investigators found that even a small increase in exposure to air pollution particulate matter called PM2.5 was associated with an increase in fractures among older adults. PM2.5 is the label for fine inhalable particles with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers or smaller, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The researchers also examined eight years of follow-up among 692 middle-aged, low-income adults in the Boston health survey.

The findings showed that people who lived in areas with higher levels of PM2.5 and black carbon -- a type of air pollution from vehicle exhaust -- had lower levels of an important calcium and bone-related hormone, and greater decreases in bone mineral density than did those exposed to lower levels of the two pollutants.

The study was published Nov. 9 in The Lancet Planetary Health.

"Decades of careful research has documented the health risks of air pollution, from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases to cancer and impaired cognition [thinking skills], and now osteoporosis," said senior author Dr. Andrea Baccarelli. He chairs environmental health sciences at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in New York City.

"Among the many benefits of clean air, our research suggests, are improved bone health and a way to prevent bone fractures," he said in a school news release.

While the study found an association between air pollution and bone problems, it did not prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases has more on osteoporosis.