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  1. Women and Weight Training for Osteoporosis

    Did you know that weight training for osteoporosis -- not just walking or doing aerobics, but lifting weights -- can help protect your bones and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures? Studies show that strength training over a period of time can help prevent bone loss -- and may even help build new

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  2. Few Treated for Osteoporosis; Many at Risk

    March 26, 2004 -- Bent backs and broken bones don't have to be a normal part of aging. Researchers say recent advances in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis not only slow the bone-thinning disease, but they can also help rebuild your bones. The problem is, only a fraction of those at risk

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  3. Fosamax: Higher Risk of Jawbone Death?

    Jan. 2, 2009 -- After having teeth pulled, 4% of patients in a study who were taking Fosamax developed a dangerous condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw, USC researchers report. None of the tooth extraction patients not taking Fosamax developed osteonecrosis. The condition, sometimes called jawb

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  4. Osteoporosis Drugs Work, but How?

    Dec. 31, 2008 -- Millions of people with osteoporosis take bisphosphonates like the drug Fosamax to make their bones stronger. The drugs work well, but a new study shows that they probably don't work in the way experts have thought. It has been widely believed that bisphosphonates work by targeting

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  5. Youth Sports Build Strong Bones for Life

    Dec. 22, 2008 -- Participating in youth sports may provide lasting benefits for women's bones. A new study shows older women who participated in weight-bearing activities like running, volleyball, and tennis during adolescence have stronger bones later in life than women who didn't play sports or di

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  6. Virtual Colonoscopy Can Spot Osteoporosis

    Dec. 2, 2008 (Chicago) -- Virtual colonoscopy -- colon cancer screening via CT scans -- can also be used to screen people for the bone disorder osteoporosis, researchers report. "If you're trying to decide whether to have a colonoscopy or virtual colonoscopy, you may want to opt for the latter as it

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  7. FDA: No Heart Rhythm Risk From Bone Drugs

    Nov. 12, 2008 -- The FDA says it sees no proof that the bone drugs called bisphosphonates are linked to a heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation. Bisphosphonates are widely used to treat osteoporosis and to slow bone turnover in patients with Paget's disease of the bone and to treat some ca

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  8. 3 Steps Cut Osteoporosis Hip Fractures

    Nov. 5, 2008 -- Getting aggressive about osteoporosis screening and treatment can go a long way toward preventing hip fractures, a new study shows. The researchers -- who work at Kaiser Southern California, a branch of the Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization (HMO) -- say their strategy

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  9. Vitamin K: No Help for Bone Density

    Oct. 14, 2008 -- Though often touted as a way to strengthen bones, taking vitamin K for osteopenia does not protect postmenopausal women from age-related declines in bone density, a new study shows. But it may help them avoid fractures or cancers. The findings relating to fracture and cancer avoidan

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  10. Vitamin C: Good for Your Bones

    Sept. 19, 2008 -- A high intake of vitamin C may help reduce bone loss, at least in elderly men, according to a new study. "Vitamin C had an effect on the [bone density of] hips in men, but it didn't have an effect on women," says Katherine L. Tucker, PhD, a senior scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA H

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