Joanna Makovey

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Osteoporotic fracture is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Low bone mineral density (BMD) is a major predisposing factor to fracture and is known to be highly heritable. Site-, gender-, and age-specific genetic effects on BMD are thought to be significant, but have largely not been considered in the design of genome-wide association(More)
Numerous studies indicate that bone mineral density (BMD) is closely related to body mass and its components. Most studies have examined these relationships in women with little attention given to how these relationships differ by gender. The aims of the present study were to use the opposite sex twin model to determine if there were gender differences in(More)
OBJECTIVE Long-term antiepileptic drug (AED) use has been associated with bone disease, but many previous studies have been limited by inadequate control subjects. We used a cotwin affected sib-pair model to investigate this issue. METHODS The authors studied 31 female twin (15 monozygous and 16 dizygous) and four sibling pairs (< 3 years age difference)(More)
BACKGROUND Ghrelin, a peptide hormone that plays a role in the regulation of appetite and body adiposity, may also play a role in bone metabolism. OBJECTIVES We used the opposite-sex twin model to study associations of plasma ghrelin levels with measures of bone mass and body composition, and determine how such associations were influenced by gender and(More)
OBJECTIVE Oxidative stress has been linked to osteoporosis. Serum uric acid (UA), a strong endogenous antioxidant, has been associated with higher bone mineral density (BMD), lower bone turnover and lower prevalence of fractures in a large cross-sectional study of men. Whether this relationship is present in women and how UA relates to changes in BMD(More)
UNLABELLED This longitudinal twin study was designed to assess the heritability of bone loss in peri- and postmenopausal women. A sample of 724 female twins was studied. Baseline and repeat BMD measurements were performed. Results of genetic model-fitting analysis indicated genetic effects on bone loss account for approximately 40% of the between-individual(More)
BACKGROUND Hypercholesterolaemia has been associated with low bone mineral density (BMD) in some but not all studies. OBJECTIVES To examine the influence of age, menopausal status and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) on the relationship between serum cholesterol and BMD in women. PATIENTS AND MEASUREMENTS 497 female participants (age range 20-81)(More)
OBJECTIVES Chronic treatment with valproate (VPA) is commonly associated with weight gain, which potentially has important health implications, in particular increased central fat distribution. We utilized a VPA-discordant same-sex, twin and matched sibling pair study design to primarily examine for differences in fat distribution between patients with(More)
INTRODUCTION Osteoporosis related risk factors such as BMD have been associated with cardiovascular endpoints in previous studies but there have been no studies of integrated risk using risk factor algorithms. METHODS A sample of 358 peri- and postmenopausal women, mean age 59.3 (range 45-74) years were studied. Each individual had bone mineral density(More)
BACKGROUND Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is the most frequent cause of limited mobility and diminished quality of life. Pain is the main symptom that drives individuals with knee OA to seek medical care and a recognized antecedent to disability and eventually joint replacement. Many persons with symptomatic knee OA experience recurrent pain exacerbations.(More)