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  1. Long-Distance Runners Risk Bone Loss

    Jan. 27, 2003 -- They seem to be at the peak of health. But young female long-distance runners risk bone loss, a British study confirms. Running is good for you. It reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It once was thought to increase bone density -- but that's not necessarily so

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  2. Vitamin A: Bone Poison?

    Jan. 22, 2003 -- Getting too much of a good thing may be partially responsible for the rise of osteoporosis and brittle bones among older people in the U.S. and other developed countries. A new study shows excessive intake of vitamin A can increase a person's risk of bone fracture by as much as seve

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  3. Light Exercise Won't Make Bones Strong

    Nov. 1, 2002 -- "Just move it" is good advice for your heart. But building strong bones takes something more.   A study of healthy older people shows that being fit doesn't mean you have strong bones. Kerry J. Stewart, EdD, director of clinical exercise physiology at Johns Hopkins University, led a

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  4. Soy Doesn't Improve Bones in Young Women

    Oct. 25, 2002 -- Studies suggest that eating foods rich in soy helps protect older women from bone loss, but a new study finds that the same is not true for young women. In a University of North Carolina (UNC) study, women in their 20s who ate diets high in isoflavone-enriched soy protein did not sh

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  5. New Form of Vitamin D Builds Bones

    Oct. 3, 2002 -- A new, revved up form of vitamin D may help women get back some of the bone mass they lose due to osteoporosis. New research shows the more potent version can build bone both in the lab and in animals. More than 20 million Americans, mostly post-menopausal women, suffer from bone-wea

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  6. Shortened Estrogen Therapy Just as Good

    March 27, 2002 -- Women who take the hormone estrogen for just a few years derive the same bone-protecting benefits as those who stay on the hormone replacement therapy much longer, new research suggests. The large, multicenter study also found that discontinuation of hormone replacement therapy doe

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  7. High-Protein Diet Could Repair Bone Loss

    March 25, 2002 -- Eating more protein could help your body absorb calcium, possibly putting a halt to bone-thinning osteoporosis, says a new study. High-protein diets, such as the Atkins plan, have been controversial, since studies have shown that they can cause bone loss. Yet elderly people are sup

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  8. Bones Need Both Calcium and Phosphorus

    March 20, 2002 -- Calcium alone can't build strong bones and tissues. New research shows calcium needs phosphorus to maximize its bone-strengthening benefits, and taking a lot of calcium supplements without enough phosphorus could be a waste of money. Researchers say it's the first time the two elem

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  9. New Weapons to Fight Osteoporosis

    The bones of older women often get more and more brittle because they are becoming less and less dense. Osteoporosis is the disease name for this process, and people who suffer from it break bones more easily than normal. For many years, women reaching menopause have been advised to take estrogen re

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  10. Preventing Bone Loss, on a Yearly Basis

    Feb. 27, 2002 -- An experimental approach to treating osteoporosis may soon make it possible to prevent bone loss and fractures with just one yearly trip to the doctor's office. Researchers report that an annual infusion of a drug similar to those used in the most widely prescribed oral medications

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