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A. Depression Linked To An Increase In Fractures

Narrator: This is Science Today. Women over sixty-five who are depressed have been found to be more susceptible to fractures. Dr. Mary Whooley, a professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco was the principle investigator of this study.

Whooley: We found that women with depression were more likely to suffer from falls and that part of the reason women with depression have an increased risk of fractures is because they suffer more falls. However our results indicate that falls are not the only reason that women with depression develop more fractures.

Narrator: It's not yet clear what these other risk factors may be, but Whooley did rule out a widely-held belief that depressed women have lower bone density than those who are not depressed.

Whooley: We did not find that low bone density explain the association between depression and fractures. Why is this different from previous studies? It may be that previous studies involved younger patients and women with more severe depression than those in our study.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.