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Boston researchers receive $2.7m grant to study ‘Dowagers Hump’

A team of Boston researchers, led by an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, has received a $2.7 million federal grant to investigate hyperkyphosis, also known as “Dowagers Hump,” a little-understood condition that causes an extreme curvature of the spine, typically in older adults.

“Despite the severe impact hyperkyphosis can have on an individual’s health, there are no recognized guidelines for its prevention, treatment or management,” Lisa Samelson, lead investigator for the study and an assistant scientist at the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, said in a statement.

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