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  1. Exercises to Help Osteoporosis

    When Betty Bullock was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 1997, at the age of 66, it was a shock. She’d always been healthy and active, an avid athlete who plays tennis, swims, walks her dogs, and dances. “I was thinking, ‘What did I do wrong?’” says the 76-year-old great-grandmother, who lives in Albuq

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  2. Bone Loss Drug Linked to Rare Fracture

    March 19, 2008 -- Long-term use of the osteoporosis drug Fosamax may weaken the bones in a small subset of people taking the drug. Patients who suffer this unusual side effect suffer broken legs after minor falls. It's likely that other drugs in the same class as Fosamax -- the bisphosphonates -- ha

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  3. New Guidelines for Osteoporosis Tests

    Feb. 21, 2008 -- For the first time, the nation's leading osteoporosis group is recommending routine bone density testing for men as well as women. New guidelines released Thursday by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) call for bone mineral density (BMD) testing for all men ages 70 and older

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  4. FDA OKs First Generic Fosamax

    Feb. 6, 2008 -- The FDA today approved the first generic versions of the osteoporosis drug Fosamax (alendronate). Teva Pharmaceuticals will make generic Fosamax in 5-milligram, 10-milligram, and 40-milligram daily doses, and in 35-milligram and 70-milligram weekly doses. Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. wi

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  5. Calcium-Packed Carrots in the Works

    Jan. 14, 2008 -- The carrots of tomorrow may pack more calcium, thanks to genetic engineering. Normal carrots don't contain much calcium. By tweaking a carrot gene, scientists at Texas A & M University and Baylor College of Medicine have developed calcium-rich carrots. In an experiment, 30 adults at

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  6. Osteoporosis Diet Dangers: Foods to Avoid

    Getting enough calcium and vitamin D is essential for warding off osteoporosis. For even stronger bones, avoid these everyday osteoporosis diet dangers. Salt can pose a great obstacle to a sturdy skeleton. Research has found that postmenopausal women with a high-salt diet lose more bone minerals tha

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  7. Bone Test Predicts Spine Fracture

    Dec. 18, 2007 -- Postmenopausal women who seem healthy but have low bone-mineral density are at risk of spinal fracture later in life. The finding comes from a 15-year study of nearly 2,700 women who were an average 69 years old at the start of the study. Spinal fracture is the most common kind of f

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  8. No Osteoporosis Drug Proven Best

    Dec. 17, 2007 -- There is no proof that the most widely prescribed osteoporosis drugs work better than other drug treatments for the prevention of bone fractures. That is the finding from a new report funded by the U.S. government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Based on an anal

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  9. Drugs Cut Bone Loss of Hormone Therapy

    Dec. 14, 2007 (San Antonio) -- The bone-building drugs known as bisphosphonates can offset a side effect of hormone therapy for breast cancer -- significant bone loss that can lead to fractures, three new studies suggest. Researchers from the Austrian Breast and Colorectal Cancer Study Group report

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  10. Forteo Helps Drug-Induced Osteoporosis

    Nov. 14, 2007 -- A new study shows that in people at high risk for bone fracture due to steroid-related osteoporosis, the drug Forteo may trump Fosamax. The study included 428 people with osteoporosis tied to long-term use of steroids such as prednisone to treat other conditions. Over time, some ste

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