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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Learning the Language of Bones

    Jan. 9, 2002 -- POH -- progressive osseous heteroplasia -- is a very rare disease. Children who have it are horribly deformed: Bone fragments grow in their skin, muscles, and internal organs. How this could happen has long been a mystery. One clue is that the disease runs in families. A new study of

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  9. Shuttle Reaps New Medical Data

    Dec. 6, 2001 -- Men are from Mars; women are from Venus, right? As the space shuttle hurtles through the galaxy, it's carrying not only astronauts -- but also a mandate to perform medical experiments. All this pricey science brings hope to mere mortals on planet earth, helping us understand how our

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  10. Hormone Restores Bone Strength in Men With Osteoporosis

    Oct. 15, 2001 -- Osteoporosis is thought to be only a woman's disease. But this is not the case, and researchers are looking for treatments that can help build bone in men as well. People with osteoporosis have thin and weak bones and stand a good chance of fractures, which can be a very serious --

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