This week: osteoporosis, mental health first aid and more

May 20, 2016

Many factors can put someone at risk for the bone-weakening conditions of osteopenia and the more serious osteoporosis, says endocrinologist Jennifer Kelly, clinical director of the bone density unit at Upstate University Hospital’s Joslin Diabetes Center. Kelly says the risk factors are a woman’s postmenopausal drop in estrogen, a sedentary lifestyle, smoking and endocrine diseases such as hyperthyroidism. She also describes the lifestyle changes and drugs recommended to treat osteoporosis.

Tom Crist / WRVO

The shade of a palm tree is an unusual place for students from Utica College to take a class, but that’s where Tom Crist teaches his summer course in osteology -- the  study of bones.  

Standing at the head of a concrete picnic table recently, Crist carefully lifted a cranium—a human skull—from a plastic Ziploc bag.

“So you are meeting your first Butrint individual,” Crist told the students.  “This is from burial 1250 from area 19. You can see some of the orbital bone is broken away here. That is post-mortem loss."