Re: Interesting ... A Fingernail Test for Osteoporosis ??
Another news alert about this test came in today and it provided a litte more informatiion.
The device (some form of scanner) tests the amount of disulphide bonds in the fingernail, a compound found both in fingernails as well as bone structures. Low levels of the compound equates to an increased risk of osteoporosis. In test studies, the device performed just as well as conventional bone scans, as those shown to be at risk for osteoporosis from bone scans were also found to have low disulphide bond levels.
The idea for this "scanner" was first conceived when a doctor noticed that many of his osteoporosis patients had "floppy" fingernails. Because of its convenience and cost-effectiveness, he believes that this fingernail scan can detect the risk of osteoporosis in patients that cannot afford or are too unconcerned to undergo bone scans.
The device has been so effective, it was nominated for the British-based Medical Futures - Innovation Awards.