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  1. Calcium Pills: Helping Women's Bones?

    April 25, 2006 -- There is growing evidence that calcium supplements offer little protection against bone fractures in older women because so many women fail to take them as recommended. Findings from a new study examining calcium and bone health are strikingly similar to those published in mid-Febr

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  2. Sally Field: An Osteoporosis Story

    Actress Sally Field always thought of herself as a strong woman -- an image often reflected in her award-winning movie roles. Dazzling us with Academy Award performances in films like Norma Rae and Places in the Heart, she became a signature actress for an emerging generation of equally strong women

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  3. Is Calcium a Bust for Bones?

    Feb. 15, 2006 -- Calcium and Vitamin D supplements may help protect some older women's hips -- but only when taken regularly, a new study shows. The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, followed more than 36,000 healthy, postmenopausal women for an average of seven years. Women w

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  4. FDA OKs First IV Osteoporosis Drug

    Jan. 13, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the first intravenous drug to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. The drug is a new form of Boniva, an osteoporosis medicine that is already approved in pill form. Boniva pills are available to take on a daily schedule or monthly. Intravenous Boniva is a

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  5. Women Need More Calcium, Say Experts

    Sept. 26, 2005 (Nashville) -- Despite a major push by health authorities, most American women still aren't getting enough bone-building calcium even when they are being treated for osteoporosis. "Calcium is important," says Robert P. Heaney, MD, of the Osteoporosis Research Center at Creighton Unive

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  6. Milk Helps Keep Men's Bones Strong

    Sept. 23, 2005 (Nashville, Tenn.) - Real men may not eat quiche, but they might want to drink milk. The number of older men getting osteoporosis, making them susceptible to bone fractures, is increasing. But a large glass of fortified, low-fat milk may aid in warding off that brittle-bone disease. "

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  7. Eating Soy Foods May Reduce Fracture Rate

    Sept. 12, 2005 -- Women who eat the most soy foods have the fewest bone fractures after menopause. That's the word from a study of 24,403 postmenopausal Chinese women. Within 10 years of menopause, the 20% who ate the most soy foods reported half as many fractures as the 20% who ate the least soy. S

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  8. Treating Osteoporosis: What Works Best?

    Aug. 10, 2005 -- When bones get dangerously thin with advanced osteoporosis, what drugs help build those bones back up? Two osteoporosis treatments -- parathyroid hormone and Fosamax -- are the topic of two small studies in The New England Journal of Medicine. The findings: Treatment with parathyroi

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  9. Bone Health: Do Vitamin D Pills Help Blacks?

    July 25, 2005 -- New research shows no bone benefits for healthy postmenopausal black women who took vitamin D supplements for three years. The researchers don't dismiss the vitamin pills. They don't know if the results would be similar for women of other ethnic groups, elderly women, or those more

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  10. Low-Cost Ways to Protect Your Bones

    If you have osteoporosis -- or are at high risk -- odds are you're not getting the care you need. A 2004 Stanford study determined that more than half of all people with osteoporosis remain undiagnosed. What's more, even high-risk patients -- such as those who have already had a hip fracture - often

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