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Calcium

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Increases in bone mineral density among eight-year-old girls who received supplemental calcium for nearly a year are still "highly significant" more than three years later, Swiss researchers report in Oct. 13 Lancet. J.P. Bonjour, MD, et al., University Hospital, Geneva, also note significant differences in mean bone mineral content, bone area. Group re-measured 116 of 144 girls in initial study conducted in 1993, which found 850 mg daily calcium over 48 weeks had positive effect on bone mineral density. Increase seen during follow-up "seems to be mainly due to a greater gain in the size of the bone, without a significant change in the bone mineral apparent density," Bonjour and colleagues note
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