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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. How Much Do You Know About Bones?

    If your experience with bones is pretty much limited to putting on that skeleton costume every Halloween, then you could be cheating yourself out of important preventive care. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about bone health, and learn a bit about what you can do to protect your skelet

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  4. When Hip Fractures Happen Again

    Oct. 12, 2007 -- Hip fractures are a repeat problem for roughly one in seven adults who fracture a hip. That's according to a fresh look at a study spanning more than 50 years. The Framingham Heart Study included adults in Framingham, Mass. Participants got checkups every two years ever since 1948,

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