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  1. Exercise for Osteoporosis

    One of the best ways to strengthen your bones and prevent osteoporosis is by getting regular exercise. Even if you already have osteoporosis, exercising can help maintain the bone mass you have. Why do health experts recommend exercise for osteoporosis? When you exercise, you don't just build muscle

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  2. Know Your Osteoporosis Blood Test Markers

    No matter which osteoporosis drug your doctor chooses for you, it's helpful to know as much as possible about how the disease has affected you. One way to tell is to ask about your "markers." When you're being treated for osteoporosis, your doctor orders a blood or urine test. This reveals several m

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  3. Osteopenia

    About 18 million Americans have osteopenia, a health problem that can turn into osteoporosis. Bone mineral density is lower than normal. However, it is not yet low enough to be considered osteoporosis. Not everyone with osteopenia will develop osteoporosis. However, it can turn into osteoporosis if

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  4. Fosamax Break Won't Up Fracture Risk

    Dec. 26, 2006 -- After five years of taking the osteoporosis drug Fosamax, some women will be getting a break. That's "break" as in "drug holiday," not as in "fracture." A U.S. clinical trial shows that women who stop taking Fosamax after five years have no more fracture risk than women who keep on

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  5. Weight Loss Can Mean Bone Loss

    Dec. 11, 2006 -- Overweight dieters who cut calories but don't exercise lose more than weight -- they lose bone mass. That finding comes from a study by Dennis T. Villareal, MD, and colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis. The researchers studied 46 men and women with an average age of 57.

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  6. What's Wrong With the Yellow Wiggle?

    Nov. 30, 2006 --The lead singer of The Wiggles, the hugely popular group that entertains children, is leaving the band because of a medical condition known as orthostatic intolerance. Greg Page, also known as the Yellow Wiggle, is having difficulty with walking, balance, speech, and coordination, ac

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  7. Fastest Osteoporosis Drug: Actonel

    Nov. 27, 2006 -- Actonel and Fosamax both prevent bone loss after menopause. But Actonel works faster, a study by top osteoporosis experts suggests. Actonel (made by Procter & Gamble) and Fosamax (made by Merck) are both effective treatments for age-related osteoporosis. This kind of bone loss is a

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  8. Study Links Cola to Bone Loss in Women

    Oct. 6, 2006 -- Women who are concerned about thinning bones may want to limit the number of colas they drink. Researchers found that drinking cola soft drinks on a regular basis was associated with lower bone mineral density in the hip. Lower bone density can lead to osteoporosis , which, in turn,

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  9. Formula Predicts Women's Fractures

    Sept. 26, 2006 -- Australian researchers have come up with a mathematical formula to help predict bone fractures in women 60 and older. The formula, described in Radiology's October edition, factors in bone mineral density at the hip and spine, history of fractures and falls, and weight. Researchers

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  10. Once-Yearly Osteoporosis Drug in Works

    Sept. 19, 2006 -- A new drug called Reclast may make it possible to reduce osteoporosis fractures with a single annual infusion that takes 15 minutes. Reclast's maker, Novartis, is preparing to submit Reclast for FDA approval as an osteoporosis treatment. Meanwhile, Reclast's Phase III studies, the

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