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Northome School's Crazy 8's research project: Osteoporosis

By Michael Chaffin, Rachel Fahey, Alyssa Fisher, Brigette Williams, Michaela Williams, Casey Gross, Nichole Frenzel and Jeanette Frenzel

This year, the roboticís theme is Bio Medical Research. Each robotics team had to pick a topic that has to do with medical stuff. The Crazy 8's of Northome School chose osteoporosis.

The team thought of many topic ideas and voted on this one to do. In this article, you will read about their research and their solution to osteoporosis.

The Crazy 8's found out that osteoporosis is a disease that leads to an increased risk of fracture. Women have a higher chance of getting osteoporosis than men. Out of all the people in the world that have osteoporosis, 80 percent of them are women. It makes your bones weak and more vulnerable. Doctors usually spot osteoporosis in the spine first. After the age of 30 or 40, the cells that build bone can not keep up with the cells that remove bone which may cause osteoporosis.

There are cells in your bone that make up and recycle bone. They are called osteoblasts and osteoclasts. Osteoclasts eat away at old bone, which forms a resorption pit that the osteoblasts fill. In osteoblasts, there is are cells called osteocytes. Osteocytes sense pressures or cracks in the bone and help to direct where osteoclasts will dissolve the bone.

The Crazy 8's also found some things that help prevent osteoporosis. One is called silicon, which is found in barley. Silicon slows bone loss.

Another is a chemical called epigallocatichin. This is found in green tea.

After the age of 30, bone thinning is only natural, you canít prevent it.

If you start healthy habits at a young age, you could prevent osteoporosis. It is good to also start physical activity at a young age to help prevent osteoporosis. Some good foods to eat to help prevent osteoporosis would be foods like dairy, vegetables, fruits, fish and even peanut butter!

Our solution to osteoporosis is creating a gel pill that contains osteoblasts, barley (because of its silicon), calcium, epigallocatichin and vitamin D. The team did think about doing a shot instead of a pill but you would have to go to the doctor a lot to get the shot and some people are not to fond of getting shots and would much rather prefer taking a pill in the safety of their homes.