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News and Features Related to Osteoporosis

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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