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  1. FDA OKs Generic Boniva for Bone Loss

    March 19, 2012 -- Three generic drugmakers may now sell their own versions of the bone-loss drug Boniva, the FDA ruled today. Boniva, known by the generic name ibandronate, is a once-a-month pill prescribed to prevent or to treat bone loss from osteoporosis. The FDA officially approves Boniva only f

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  2. Drug-Delivery Microchip Could Replace Daily Injections

    Feb. 16, 2012 -- An experimental, implanted drug-delivery microchip that releases medication on command from an external wireless control could one day free patients from daily injections and improve treatment compliance. Results from the first human study of the programmable microchip were reported

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  3. Osteoporosis Medication Linked to Unusual Thigh Fractures

    Feb. 8, 2012 -- Some drugs used to strengthen bones may increase the risk of an unusual type of fracture if patients take them for many years, a new study shows. Overall, most people with osteoporosis, a loss of bone density over time, will suffer fewer broken bones if they take bisphosphonates, a c

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  4. Bone Density at Age 67 May Predict Later Bone Health

    Jan. 18, 2012 -- Women with normal or nearly normal bone density at age 67 may not need repeat testing for about 15 years, according to a new study of nearly 5,000 women. If bone density was normal or nearly so at the study start, "only 10% developed osteoporosis over 15 years,'' says study research

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  5. FDA Panel: Osteoporosis Drugs Need Better Labels

    Sept. 9, 2011 -- Labels on bisphosphonates, a type of medication used to treat and prevent osteoporosis, should further clarify how long patients can take them, an FDA advisory panel voted today. But the panel backed off giving any specific time limits. Bisphosphonates include Aclasta, Actonel, Alte

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  6. The Truth About Vitamin D

    The hottest topic in medicine isn't the newest drug or the latest surgical device. It's vitamin D. What brought the simmering debate to a boil was a 2007 study showing that people taking normal vitamin D supplements were 7% less likely to die than those who didn't take the daily supplements. A year

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  7. FDA: Osteoporosis Drug Reclast Raises Kidney Failure Risk

    Sept. 1, 2011 -- The FDA warns that the osteoporosis drug Reclast (zoledronic acid) raises the risk of kidney failure. The warning is targeted at patients who already suffer from kidney impairment. It's also aimed at those who are taking potentially kidney-damaging (nephrotoxic) medications or diure

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  8. Facial Wrinkles Linked to Lower Bone Density

    June 7, 2011 -- Women with deeply furrowed brows in early menopause may also have troubled bones, an early report of a new study shows. Researchers measured the number and depth of facial wrinkles and the skin firmness of 114 women who were within three years of their last menstrual period. Bone den

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  9. Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs With Fractures

    May 4, 2011 -- The osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates increase the risk of getting unusual thigh bone fractures, as experts have suspected, according to a new Swedish study. But these fractures are infrequent and the risk is small the study shows. When correctly prescribed, the overall bene

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  10. Low Risk of Jaw Problems With Oral Osteoporosis Drugs

    March 17, 2011 -- Osteoporosis drugs and serious jaw problems have been linked in past studies, but new research presented at the International Association for Dental Research in San Diego finds a low risk with oral osteoporosis drugs, known as bisphosphonates. Echoing the findings of previous studi

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