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  1. Bone Thieves: How to Defend Yourself

    Think you’re doing everything you can to protect your bones? Are you sure? Here are 11 thieves that could be raiding your bones without you knowing it, and some expert tips to protect yourself. Thief 1: Sunscreen. “People don’t realize how important vitamin D is to bones,” says integrative medicine

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  2. Confused About Calcium Supplements?

    Are you getting enough calcium in your diet? Maybe not, especially if you're a woman or a teenage girl. Although Americans have improved at this in recent years, we're still not getting enough calcium to maintain our bone health. How much is that? It depends on your age. According to the Institute o

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  3. FDA Panel: Long-Used Osteoporosis Drug Too Risky

    March 7, 2013 -- An FDA panel voted to stop recommending calcitonin salmon for the treatment of osteoporosis in women who are at least five years past menopause. The committee voted 12-9 against continued marketing of the drug, citing lack of benefit and concerns about a cancer risk. Calcitonin salm

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  4. Easy Living Tips After a Fracture

    When you're nursing a broken bone, you may be tempted to rest safely on a sofa, day and night, until it's healed. Don't! Your recovery will go better if you follow your doctor’s orders and stay as active as possible. You may need to do things differently for a while. But the rewards for staying acti

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  5. Your Risk for Osteoporosis and Bone Fractures

    When most of us think of the "brittle bone disease" known as osteoporosis, we picture a frail older woman with a broken hip or stooped shoulders. But you can't tell if someone has osteoporosis just by looking at them. Doctors need to review your personal and family history, your habits, as well as a

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  6. Osteoporosis Fractures: PT and Pain Management

    Having osteoporosis makes your bones more likely to break. The spine is the most common area where weak bones can give way. Many fractures hurt, so treatments will ease the pain and help heal a broken bone. You can recover and come back stronger. Good news: Pain usually does get better. It may take

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  7. Do Your Medications Affect Your Bones?

    If you have osteoporosis, or are at risk for it, you want to do all you can to keep your bones as strong as possible. Besides following your doctor's advice on diet and exercise, you should know that some medications are bone-friendly -- and others may have side effects that affect the bones. Some m

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  8. Living With Osteoporosis

    If you're one of the 34 million Americans (women and men) who are at risk for the disease, you know that strengthening and protecting your bones is crucial. Osteoporosis means porous bones that weaken and can fracture with even minor incidents.   Some 55% of people 50 and older have osteoporosis or

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  9. Moderate Drinking May Help Older Women's Bones

    July 11, 2012 -- Women who drink alcohol moderately may be doing their bones a favor, new research suggests. "Moderate alcohol as a component of a healthy lifestyle that includes a balanced diet and physical activity may lower the risk of osteoporosis," researcher Urszula Iwaniec, PhD, associate pro

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  10. Vitamin D, Calcium for Fracture Risk Questioned

    June 12, 2012 -- Vitamin D and calcium supplements may not stave off osteoporosis-related bone fractures in most older women, according to new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. What's more, there is not enough evidence to say whether supplements of vitamin D, with or with

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