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  1. Estrogen Increases Bone Mass in Women Over 75

    Aug. 14, 2001 -- Use of estrogen to increase bone mass -- and thereby prevent bone loss and fractures associated with osteoporosis -- is an established approach in at-risk women in the period immediately after menopause. But what about using the hormone in older women? A small study in the Journal o

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  2. Gentle Vibration Prevents Bone Loss.

    Aug. 8, 2001 -- A new study is giving out good vibrations. The study, in this week's Nature, suggests that gentle vibration can improve bone growth. If the findings hold up in humans, they suggest a new way to prevent osteoporosis, or bone loss often seen in menopause, without drugs. "Exercise may p

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  3. Osteoporosis Drug Passes First Approval Hurdle

    July 27, 2001 (Washington) -- A new treatment for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis should be approved for use in women, a panel of FDA experts unanimously recommended at a meeting on Friday. But the panel was split on whether Forteo (teriparatide) should be approved for use in men, voting 5-5.

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  4. Bone-Building Drugs May Also Beef Up Cartilage

    June 15, 2001 -- A drug being developed to prevent the breakdown of bone caused by a type of cancer may also be able to prevent or slow the deterioration of cartilage in joints, a condition that can lead to painful and disabling osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, report French researchers in a

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  5. Estrogen's Benefit on Bone Questioned

    June 12, 2001 -- The main reason the majority of women take hormone replacement therapy after menopause is to prevent the crippling brittle-bone disease osteoporosis as they age. But new research adds to growing concerns that taking estrogen may not be the most effective protection for women over ag

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  6. Broken Leg? Pass the Cortisone!

    May 30, 2001 -- Steroid drugs like dexamethasone, which are similar to cortisone, are a common treatment for a host of conditions, including inflammation due to allergies. New research now shows this drug may actually have a role in treating various bone diseases -- from broken bones to bone disease

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  7. Natural Hormone Fights Bone Loss

    May 9, 2001 -- A treatment for one of today's most troubling conditions among older individuals -- osteoporosis -- may be found right in our own bodies. New research shows that parathyroid hormone, a substance secreted by four glands in the neck, might be the best treatment for osteoporosis yet. Ost

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  8. Gene Therapy Builds New Bone

    April 17, 2001 -- "What can the completion of the Human Genome Project do for me?" It's a question that many of us are asking ourselves. Well, break a bone and find out. Researchers have shown that they can create new bone formation in any bone using gene therapy to implant a gene involved in new bo

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  9. A Saliva Test May Diagnose Osteoporosis Earlier

    April 2, 2001 -- A simple saliva test may one day be able to detect the brittle bone disease osteoporosis earlier -- potentially staving off fractures, a Mississippi researcher reports. Currently, doctors can test for osteoporosis by using a type of X-ray test to measure bone density in various site

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  10. Not For Women Only: Soy May Help Bone Formation in Men At Risk for Osteoporosis

    April 2, 2001 -- Breaking news, guys: Osteoporosis is not just a girl thing anymore. As the U.S. population lives longer, more and more men can expect to confront osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. At present, about two million American men have the disea

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