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    • Among the Missing: Vitamin D

      Just when you thought you had your summertime outdoors routine down -- plenty of sunscreen, a large hat, limited exposure between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. -- comes the news that Americans aren't getting enough of the "sunshine vitamin" -- vitamin D.

    • Build Your Bones with Exercise

      You can help prevent osteoporosis by including enough calcium in your diet and exercising regularly.

    • Hip Fracture

      A hip fracture is a break in the thigh bone (femur) of your hip joint. The majority happen to people older than 60 years of age, and women get more hip fractures than men.

    • Keeping an Eye on Your Bones
    • Kyphoplasty

      Kyphoplasty is a procedure used to treat fractures or breaks in the vertebrae. It involves injecting a cement-like material into the vertebra to make it more stable.

    • Osteoporosis

      Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak, thinning bones. This leaves the bones at greater risk of breaking. The bones most often affected are the hips, spine, and wrists.

    • Osteoporosis: Evaluate Your Risk

      Many people are unaware they have osteoporosis until they have advanced symptoms, which may include a broken hip or wrist, low back pain or a hunched back.

    • The Healthy-Bones Diet

      The right amount of calcium in your diet helps maintain your bone strength, reducing your risk for osteoporosis.

    • Vertebroplasty

      Vertebroplasty is a procedure used to treat fractures or breaks in the vertebrae. In this procedure, a thick cement mixture is injected into a fractured vertebra to stabilize the spine.