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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Osteoporosis in the Genes?

    March 28, 2007 -- Scientists have found a gene that may affect the odds of developing osteoporosis. The gene is called the DARC gene. It makes a protein needed to help break down bone. Some variations in the DARC gene boost production of that protein, ultimately lowering bone mineral density, the sc

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  7. Soda and Osteoporosis: Is There a Connection?

    Does this sound like you? While everyone else is at Starbucks getting their morning latte, you're at the vending machine picking up a Diet Coke. And if you're going to a movie, the popcorn just wouldn't be complete without a large soda. But there may be a link between soda and osteoporosis that coul

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  8. Dental X-Rays May Warn of Osteoporosis

    Jan. 5, 2007 -- Osteoporosis screening may be helped by dental X-rays, British dental experts report. They've developed computer software that checks routine dental X-rays for possible warning signs of osteoporosis, in which bones become too thin and are more likely to fracture. The software develop

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  9. 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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  10. Drug for Bone Disease Linked to 'Jaw Death'

    Oct. 3, 2005 -- Millions of people treated for bone diseases such as osteoporosis may be at risk for developing a potentially serious jawbone condition that seems to be triggered by having teeth pulled. More than a thousand cases of osteonecrosis of the jaw, or jaw death, have been reported in patie

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