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  1. New Test for Osteoporosis Fracture Risk

    June 24, 2008 -- An ultrasound exam of the heel combined with an assessment of specific risk factors for bone loss and falling can help predict fracture risk due to osteoporosis, a new study suggests. Researchers say the combination approach could be used to identify older people with a low fracture

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  2. Weight-Bearing Exercise: 8 Workouts for Strong Bones

    What are the best ways to exercise and improve your bone health when you have osteoporosis? Try weight-bearing workouts that stress bones and muscles more than your everyday life, says Paul Mystkowski, MD, an endocrinologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and clinical faculty member of

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  3. Moderate Drinking for Strong Bones?

    May 22, 2008 -- Alcoholism is a well-established risk factor for osteoporosis and related fractures, but a drink or two a day just may help keep bones strong, a review of the research shows. Moderate alcohol consumption -- and the key is "moderate" -- was associated with a lower risk for hip fractur

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  4. New Guidelines for Osteoporosis in Men

    May 8, 2008 -- The American College of Physicians has issued new guidelines to bring awareness to osteoporosis screening in older men. "Osteoporosis is not just a women's disease," says Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA, of the American College of Physicians, in a news release. "Not enough older men are bei

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  5. 7 Gene Regions Tied to Osteoporosis

    April 29, 2008 -- Your genes may affect your odds of developing osteoporosis, and now scientists have seven new leads on which genes affect osteoporosis risk. It's too early for a gene test to gauge osteoporosis risk, but researchers are working toward that goal. The new clues about the genetics of

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  6. Osteoporosis Drugs: Risk to the Heart?

    April 28, 2008 -- The osteoporosis drug Fosamax may be linked to increased risk of abnormal heart rhythms, a new study shows. But experts urge patients not to quit Fosamax or similar osteoporosis drugs based on the findings. "We're not saying that this drug should be stopped and we certainly do not

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  7. Calcium: Gotta Have It for Healthy Bones

    Got milk? That's not just an advertising slogan. It's a legitimate question. Milk and other calcium-rich foods are an important part of a bone-healthy lifestyle that can not only reduce the risk of fractures as you get older, but may also protect against certain cancers. Many people have also taken

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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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