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  1. Osteoporosis: Are You at Risk?

    Learn about osteoporosis and if you're at risk.

  2. Knowing and Treating Osteoporosis

    Learn how osteoporosis is diagnosed and about current osteoporosis treatments.

  3. Bone Densitometry

    A look at bone densitometry scans, a type of test that can detect bone problems such as osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.

  4. Paget's Disease of Bone - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about Paget's disease:What is Paget's disease?What are active and inactive Paget's disease?How is heart failure related to Paget's disease?What other health problems can be caused by Paget's disease?Being diagnosed:What questions will a doctor ask to diagnose Paget's disease?What happens during a physical exam for Paget's disease?How is a bone scan done?How is an alkaline phosphatase test done?Getting treatment:How do bisphosphonate medicines help with Paget's disease?How does calcitonin help with Paget's disease?How much calcium and vitamin D do I need?Living with Paget's disease:How can I manage the pain of Paget's disease?What is acupuncture, and how can it help with pain?What can I do to avoid falls?What should I know about using a cane?What should I know about using a walker?

  5. Paget's Disease of Bone - Topic Overview

    What is Paget's disease? Paget's disease is a problem of abnormal bone growth. It may affect just one bone, but it usually affects more than one.In normal bone, the bone tissue is constantly being broken down, absorbed into the body, and then rebuilt with new cells. In Paget's disease, bone tissue is broken down and absorbed much faster than normal, so the body speeds up the bone rebuilding process. But this new bone is often weak and brittle, and it breaks easily.Paget's disease is most common in people older than 50, and the risk of getting it increases with age. Most people who have it are able to lead normal lives. What causes Paget's disease?The cause of Paget's disease is not clear. But it may be related to: Genetics. You're more likely to get Paget's disease if your parents, brothers, or sisters have it. Viruses. The viruses linked to measles in people and distemper in dogs have been found in the bones of people with Paget's disease. But there's no proof that these viruses

  6. Osteoporosis Bone Fractures: A Treatment Overview

    Facts about treatment options for all types of fractures.

  7. Osteoporosis - Topic Overview

    Osteoporosis is a progressive disease that causes bones to become thin and brittle, making them more likely to break.

  8. Osteoporosis - What Happens

    Learn about bones, how they develop, and the causes of brittle bones and osteoporosis as we get older.

  9. Osteoporosis - Symptoms

    In the early stages of osteoporosis, you usually do not have symptoms. As the disease progresses, you may develop symptoms related to weakened bones, including: Back pain. Loss of height and stooped posture. A curved upper back (dowager's hump).

  10. Osteoporosis - Home Treatment

    Learn about medications and other steps to take to slow the process and prevent broken bones.

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