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  1. FDA: Osteoporosis Drugs May Raise Thigh Fracture Risk

    Oct. 13, 2010 -- The bisphosphonate class of osteoporosis drugs -- including Actonel, Atelvia, Boniva, Fosamax, Reclast, and generics -- may raise the risk of thigh bone fracture, the FDA warns. There's no proof that the drugs cause the rare, serious thigh fractures called atypical femur fractures.

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  2. Exercise Helps Prevent Fractures

    Sept. 27, 2010 -- Elderly women with osteopenia, a condition with low levels of bone mineral density, can reduce their risk of hip fractures with regular daily exercise, a new study says. In people diagnosed with osteopenia, bone mineral density is lower than normal, but not low enough to be classif

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  3. Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Rare Fractures

    Sept 14, 2010 -- Popular osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates may increase the risk of rare, but painful thigh bone fractures, and their labeling should be updated to reflect this increased risk. That's the conclusion of a 27-person international task force that was convened by the American S

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  4. Osteoporosis Drugs May Be Linked to Cancer Risk

    Sept. 2, 2010 -- The long-term use of oral bisphosphonate osteoporosis drugs such as Actonel, Boniva, and Fosamax may be associated with a doubling in esophageal cancer risk, but the risk to individual users remains small, researchers say. Compared to people who had never taken the medications, long

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  5. Newer Osteoporosis Treatments Build Stronger Bones

    No matter which osteoporosis drug your doctor chooses for you, it's helpful to know as much as possible about how the disease has affected you. One way to tell is to ask about your "markers." What a difference a decade makes. In 1995, Fosamax, the first medication in a class of drugs called bisphosp

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  6. Can You Reverse Osteoporosis?

    For many people, hearing "You have osteoporosis" is startling. Some hear it in the hospital after breaking a hip. Others get the news after getting a bone density test. Osteoporosis is most common in women after menopause, people with osteoporosis in their family, and people with a small frame. But

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  7. Drink Less for Strong Bones

    Heavy drinking is a health risk for many reasons, including the effects on bones. Research shows that chronic heavy alcohol use, especially during adolescence and young adult years, can dramatically affect bone health and increase the risk of osteoporosis later in life. What do doctors advise? Drink

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  8. FDA OKs Prolia for High-Risk Osteoporosis

    June 2, 2010 -- The FDA has approved twice-a-year Prolia (denosumab) injections to treat osteoporosis in patients at high risk of fracture. Prolia is a so-called monoclonal antibody -- a fully human, lab-produced antibody that inactivates the body's bone-breakdown mechanism. It's the first "biologic

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  9. Osteoporosis Patients Underestimate Fracture Risk

    April 9, 2010 -- Many of the 8 million women in the United States who have osteoporosis don’t recognize that they are at increased risk for fractures, a new study finds. More than 60,000 postmenopausal women from 10 countries in Europe, North America, and Australia were asked to assess their fractur

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  10. Only Rare Fractures Linked to Osteoporosis Drugs

    March 24, 2010 -- Weird below-the-hip thigh fractures linked to Fosamax and other osteoporosis drugs are rare -- but even if they tripled these injuries, they'd still prevent more fractures than they caused. These unusual bone fractures are nearly straight breaks across the thigh bone well below the

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