More from Medical News Now > Plastic and rubber file boxes might have benefits to help prevent osteoporosis and other bone loss, a new study suggests.
In the study, researchers at Duke University and the University of Illinois at Chicago examined the effects of various types of plastic and rubber products on bone density.
The results showed that the use of these products reduced the risk of bone loss in men who had at least moderate osteoporoarthritis of the hip.
The researchers then asked men who were overweight or obese whether they would prefer to use a file box or a plastic box for storing their medical supplies, such as medications, a bandage, and eyeglasses.
A small, double-blind trial conducted by researchers at the Duke University School of Medicine showed that using a file-box box reduced the amount of bone-depleting plaque, which is the body’s waste product, by almost half.
This is important because plaque can form inside the bone.
“A lot of people think that if you take out the plaque that’s already there, you’re gonna lose your bone,” said study researcher R. J. Hinton, MD, associate professor of medicine at Duke and director of the Bone Health Institute at Duke.
“But this is the opposite.
You get more bone tissue.”
Hinton added that the results showed the effectiveness of these plastic and plastic-free products.
“If you have osteopoiesis, you want to take care of it,” he said.
“When you take care, your bones and joints will get stronger and more elastic.”
Other studies have shown that a plastic bag with a mesh closure can help prevent bone loss.
Plastic bags can be used to help store medicine and supplies in the event of a leaky or leaking container.
The use of the plastic bag also prevents the use or spill of medical supplies.
Hinton also pointed out that the findings in the new study suggest that the plastic and silicone file boxes were effective at reducing the bone loss risk.
The study was published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.