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New Discovery Suggests Potential Treatment Target for Osteoporosis & Rheumatoid Arthritis

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A new discovery about osteoporosis suggests a potential treatment target for that brittle-bone disease and for bone loss from rheumatoid arthritis.

The findings from University of Virginia School of Medicine researchers and their collaborators help explain why specialized bone cells called osteoclasts begin to break down more bone than the body replaces. With more research, scientists one day may be able to target that underlying cause to prevent or treat bone loss.

The discovery also suggests an answer for why some previous attempts to develop osteoporosis treatments produced disappointing results.

Researcher Kodi Ravichandran, PhD, chairman of ...