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Dentists may be utilized in osteoporosis diagnosis by analyzing panoramic x-rays of the whole jaw to determine if there is any loss of mineral density. This method was found to be quite effective and women were more likely to go to the dentist than to have an osteoporosis test. Women with increased risk include those with a small frame, of Caucasian descent or have a poor diet. Estimated 30-40% of women and 20% of all men worldwide will develop osteoporosis.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Reuters - Yahoo News
About: Dentists may help diagnose osteoporosis
Date: 30 November 2004
Source: Reuters - Yahoo News
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