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  1. Drinking Tea May Slow Bone Loss

    Oct. 8, 2007 -- Drinking tea may be good for your bones. A new study shows elderly women who drank tea had higher bone density in their hips and less bone loss than women who didn't drink tea. Researchers say the results confirm previous studies that have suggested drinking tea may protect against b

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  2. Bone Drug May Help After Hip Fracture

    Sept. 18, 2007 -- People who start taking the osteoporosis drug Reclast after a hip fracture may live longer with fewer bone fractures. Researchers report that news in The New England Journal of Medicine. Reclast is given by infusion once a year. The process takes 15 minutes. Reclast, made by Novart

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  3. Calcium Supplements Thwart Bone Loss

    Aug. 23, 2007 -- Confused about whether calcium supplements and vitamin D supplements protect your bones? A report in this week's edition of The Lancet sheds new light on that question. People aged 50 and older who take calcium supplements are 12% less likely to fracture a bone than their peers who

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  4. FDA OKs Once-Yearly Osteoporosis Drug

    Aug. 17, 2007 - The FDA today approved Reclast, the first once-yearly drug for postmenopausal osteoporosis, according to the manufacturer Novartis. The drug was previously approved by the FDA in April for Paget's disease, which can result in misshapen bones in one or more areas of the body. This is

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  5. Osteoporosis Testing Good for Men, Too

    Aug. 7, 2007 -- A study in tomorrow's edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association sheds new light on an often overlooked problem: osteoporosis in men. The study shows that it may be cost-effective to screen and treat osteoporosis in men aged 65 and older who had a history of a fractur

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  6. Osteoporosis Medications: How They Work

    Think your bones stopped growing by the time you finished high school? Think again. Bones constantly remodel themselves throughout life, growing here, thinning there. In osteoporosis, though, normal bone remodeling goes awry. Bone loss exceeds bone growth, and bones become thin and weak. Osteoporosi

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  7. Boning Up on Calcium: Supplements for Bone Health

    You've probably heard that calcium is important for bone health and treating -- or preventing -- osteoporosis. Happily, calcium seems to be everywhere these days. Not only is it naturally in dairy and other foods, but it now appears in many fortified products -- like oatmeal, cereal, protein bars, a

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  8. Fracture Prevention: 6 Tips to Fight Fractures, Slips, and Falls

    If you have osteoporosis, treating the condition directly -- with medicines or calcium supplements -- is obviously important. But it's also crucial to do everything you can to avoid the most serious risk of osteoporosis: broken bones. Practicing fracture prevention is a vital part of your osteoporos

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  9. Soy Compound May Bolster Women's Bones

    June 18, 2007 -- Genistein, a compound found in soy, may strengthen the bones of women at risk for osteoporosis. So say Italian researchers including Francesco Squadrito, MD, of Italy's University of Messina. They studied 389 postmenopausal Italian women with osteopenia, in which bone mineral densit

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  10. Once-Yearly Drug Prevents Fractures

    May 2, 2007 - With one 15-minute infusion a year, a bone-loss drug called Reclast cuts risk of vertebral fractures by 70% and hip fractures by 41% over three years. The finding comes from a clinical trial in which nearly 4,000 postmenopausal women got Reclast and about the same number got an inactiv

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