Published in Women's Health Weekly, March 29th, 1999
Mary A. Whooley, MD, of the University of California, and colleagues, recently investigated depression as a risk factor for fracture in older women ("Depression, Falls, and Risk of Fracture in Older Women," Archives of Internal Medicine, March 8, 1999;159(5):484-490). Depression is already known to be associated with low bone density and falls, the researchers explained.
Whooley et al. studied 7,414 white, elderly women. Of these women, 6.3 percent reported at least six symptoms of depression via the Geriatrics Depression Scale, and for the purposes of this study, were considered...
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