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€1.5m for osteoporosis invention

AN Irish company has secured €1.5m for an invention which uses toenail clippings to predict people's risk of developing osteoporosis.

Crescent Diagnostics, which is marketing the product developed at the University of Limerick, yesterday announced it had secured the capital for its venture that would significantly enhance the diagnosis of the condition.

More than 300,000 people in Ireland currently suffer from osteoporosis, which causes bones to become weak and fracture easily. The condition is currently diagnosed by a bone density (DXA) scan.

Irish Independent