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Insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and -II are important local regulators of bone metabolism, but their role as determinants of human bone mass is still unclear. In the present study, we analyzed the concentration of IGF-I and -II in the bone matrix of 533 human biopsies from the iliac crest that were obtained during surgery for early breast cancer. There(More)
Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) is thought to play an important role in bone metabolism, but its relationship to human bone turnover and bone mass has not been examined yet. In this study, we measured the concentration of TGF-beta in 811 samples of male and female bone from four representative sites of the human skeleton and in the supernatants(More)
Nursing homes are important, but often neglected, facilities for the care of frail older people. The demand for nursing home capacity in Germany will continue to increase over the next decade despite improvements in infrastructure of home care and day care centers. The leading medical reason for this is the growing number of elderly persons suffering from(More)
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