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News and Features Related to Osteoporosis

  1. 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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  2. New Osteoporosis Drugs in the Works

    Sept. 18, 2008 -- Two experimental osteoporosis drugs are getting attention from bone experts -- and may become the first biologic drugs to treat osteoporosis. The drugs are called denosumab and odancatib. Results from their latest clinical trials, presented this week in Montreal at the annual meeti

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  3. Guidelines for Osteoporosis Treatment

    Sept. 15, 2008 -- Drugs are helpful in treating osteoporosis, but figuring out which drug to prescribe means evaluating the pluses and minuses of each option for each patient, according to new recommendations from The American College of Physicians. As people get older their bones become less dense

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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