HOW MATH COULD
MAKE BONES STRONGER
They may seem rigid and set in their ways, but your bones are actually under constant construction and deconstruction. They give up their nutrient treasures (calcium) to the body and then rebuild in a constant give-and-take sort of rhythm. When that rhythm shifts, bones lose density and strength and become more prone to fracture.
More than 10 million people in the United States live with osteoporosis, and the resulting fractures demand more than $17 billion in related health care each year.
Now two UD researchers and their students have joined forces—applying the mathematical modeling expertise of one to the biological inquiry of the other—to point the way to a promising remedy.