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Funding for osteoporosis research

1st July 2011

Scientists in Ireland have been awarded funding to develop a new diagnostic test for osteoporosis.

Crescent Diagnostics, a spinout company of the University of Limerick, has secured 1.5 million euro (£1.36 million) to develop a predictive test for the disease which will enable doctors to determine a patient's risk of osteoporosis, simply by taking a small clipping from one of their toenails. A Raman spectroscopy technique is used to look at the chemical bonds in the nail with results available within a matter of days.

 

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