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Kids need more calcium.

Young children may have a lower risk of osteoporosis later in life if they get more than the recommended dietary allowance of calcium. Such is the conclusion of Indiana University School of Medicine researchers whose findings were published in the July 9 New England Journal of Medicine.

"The study showed that even when a preadolescent child's normal dietary calcium intake met the recommended dally allowance of 800 rag, additional calcium significantly increased the gain of hone mass," says Dr. C. Conrad Johnston, Jr., IU professor of medicine. "If the increase in bone mass can be mainrained into adult life, we would expect a lower risk of osteoporotic fractures in those with the greater bone mass."

"The study demonstrates that prevention of osteoporosis is a lifelong task," says Dr. Evan Hadley, associate director of the Geriatrics Program at the National Institute on Aging, which partially funded the study.
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