• A browsing moose on Isle Royale, where Michigan Tech researchers have been studying the mammals — from birth to bones — for more than six decades.

    What Studying Moose Bones For 65 Years Can Teach Us About Human Diseases

    Millions of people around the world face diminished quality of life due to periodontitis, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. A new study sheds light on the links between all three chronic bone diseases, assessed from the unique standpoint of Isle Royale’s wild moose population. The study, led by researchers from Michigan Technological University and Duke University and recently published in the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, found that moose with periodontitis were much more likely to develop severe forms of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

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