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  1. Fosamax Remains Safe and Effective Long-Term

    March 17, 2004 - There is good news about the drugs used to treat and prevent osteoporosis-related bone loss. The longest-ever study of one of the most widely prescribed of these drugs suggests it continues to protect bones after a decade of use. The study showed that the drug Fosamax was effective

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  2. New Drug Fights Osteoporosis and Broken Bones

    Jan. 28, 2004 -- A new weapon may soon be added to the growing arsenal of therapies that can help fight the damage caused by osteoporosis. New research shows the drug strontium ranelate can cut the risk of vertebral fractures by nearly half in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis. Vertebral fractu

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  3. Statins May Help Prevent Bone Fractures

    Jan. 26, 2004 -- Taking statins to help your heart may also benefit your bones. A review of recent studies on statins shows use of the cholesterol-lowering drugs may reduce the risk of bone fractures in older women. But the results aren't conclusive. Researchers say the findings suggest that clinica

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  4. Diuretics May Prevent Hip Fractures

    Sept. 16, 2003 -- An inexpensive drug commonly used to fight high blood pressure may also fight another common health problem faced by older people -- hip fractures. A new study shows people over 55 who took thiazide diuretics for a year or more had about a 50% lower risk of suffering a potentially

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  5. Bone Loss Shots Fight Osteoporosis

    Oct. 13, 2003 -- Women may soon have a new alternative to taking a pill every day to help prevent the bone loss associated with menopause. A new study shows a shot of an experimental drug every three months may be just as good as daily tablets for aiding in osteoporosis prevention. Researchers found

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  6. Few Get Osteoporosis Drugs After Falls

    Oct. 2, 2003 -- As few as one in five people who have suffered a hip or wrist fracture because of osteoporosis are getting the treatment they need to help prevent future broken bones. A new study shows only 22% of elderly men and women who had a major bone fracture filled a prescription for an osteo

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  7. Combination Therapy Not Better for Bones

    Sept. 22, 2003 -- Contrary to the notion of "two is better than one," a new study shows combining two popular bone-strengthening treatments for osteoporosis won't necessarily produce better results. The research showed combining the osteoporosis drug Fosamax with parathyroid hormone wasn't significa

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  8. 60-Minute Workout Stops Bone Loss

    Sept. 5, 2003 -- Postmenopausal women who work out for 60 minutes, three times a week -- and take calcium -- can stop bone loss. That's the promise from University of Arizona researchers who developed a bone-building exercise and nutrition regimen. And it seems to work. In a study of 266 women -- av

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  9. Hormone Replacement Therapy Revisited

    Aug. 26, 2003 -- Women at risk for bone-thinning osteoporosis may be able to take hormone replacement therapy for its bone-preserving benefits without increasing their risk for heart disease and breast cancer. Intriguing new research offers the hope that very low doses of estrogen or estrogen plus p

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  10. Evista Strengthens Bones, Safe on Uterus

    July 18, 2003 -- An osteoporosis drug that acts like estrogen in a woman's bones may be able to provide the bone-boosting effects of the hormone without the added risk of some types of cancer associated with estrogen. New research shows that long-term use of the drug Evista can reduce a woman's risk

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