UT Arlington leads international team on advances in bone health
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Rhonda Prisby, an assistant
professor of kinesiology in the College of Education and Health Professions, is
the lead author on an article that could one day influence the treatment of
patients with difficult to heal bone fractures and diseases like arthritis.
The article was published in
the November issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, the
official publication of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.
Dr. Prisby collaborated with
French and Canadian scientists on a study of parathyroid hormone or PTH, which
is used as a treatment for osteoporosis.
“When we administered PTH
intermittently for 15 and 30 days, we saw increases in bone mass just as we
expected,” Prisby says. “But bone blood vessel numbers were decreased with PTH.
That was the opposite of what we expected.”
Read more about the PTH study.