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News and Features Related to Osteoporosis

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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 re

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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