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    News and Features Related to Osteoporosis

    1. Don't Use Forteo, Consumer Group Urges

      April 4, 2003 -- First, Public Citizen warned the FDA not to approve Forteo, a new kind of drug for osteoporosis. Now the consumer group is warning patients not to take it. The reason: The drug appears to cause a kind of bone cancer in lab rats. No such cancers were seen in human tests of the drug.

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    2. Raising Bone Mineral Density Without HRT

      March 25, 2003 (New York) -- In July 2002, when the National Institutes of Health ended a major trial of hormone replacement therapy because of risks, the door was slammed shut on using HRT for boosting bone mineral density to prevent osteoporosis. By August 2002, prescriptions for hormone replaceme

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    3. Vitamin D Helps Elderly Avoid Fractures

      Feb. 27, 2003 -- Preventing broken bones as you age could be as easy as popping a vitamin D pill just three times a year. It's especially important to prevent bone thinning and fractures in the elderly. In fact, breaking the hip can even cause death in many elderly people -- due to an increase in pn

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    4. Half of Americans Break a Bone by Age 65

      Feb. 5, 2003 -- Every 14 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs an orthopaedic surgeon. Half of all Americans will break a bone by the time they're 65. The findings come from a report at this week's annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Mark R. Brinker, MD, of Houston's Texas O

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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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 st

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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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