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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. New Evidence of Fracture Risk From Bone Drugs

    Feb. 22, 2011 -- There is new evidence that long-term use of the most widely prescribed bone loss drugs may increase the risk for uncommon but serious femur (thigh bone) fractures. In an analysis involving more than 200,000 postmenopausal women, those who took oral bisphosphonates for more than five

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  6. Nitroglycerin May Increase Bone Density

    Feb. 22, 2011 -- Women at risk of fractures who used the heart medicine nitroglycerin boosted their bone density modestly, according to a new study. ''We found nitroglycerin has a unique ability," says researcher Sophie Jamal, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. "W

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  7. Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Lower Cancer Risk

    Feb. 17, 2011 -- Drugs prescribed to prevent fractures in osteoporosis may do double duty, cutting a woman’s risk of colon cancer by more than half for those who take them for at least a year, a new study shows. The study is the latest in a growing body of research suggesting that bisphosphonates, d

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  8. New Recommendations for Osteoporosis Screening

    Jan. 19, 2011 -- An influential panel of experts has issued new guidelines for osteoporosis screening, recommending for the first time that women younger than 60 get bone density scans if they have risk factors that increase the likelihood that they could experience a fracture within the next 10 yea

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  9. Osteoporosis Tips: Build Stronger Bones

    If you think of your body as a building, your bones are the framing. Without strong bones the whole thing would collapse. And that's a good analogy for what happens when we don't take good care of our bones. Over time, the body loses more and more bone, until we develop osteoporosis and it "collapse

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  10. Low-Cost Ways to Protect Your Bones

    If you have osteoporosis -- or are at high risk -- odds are you're not getting the care you need. A Stanford study determined that more than half of all people with osteoporosis remain undiagnosed. What's more, even high-risk patients -- such as those who have already had a hip fracture - often don'

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