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  1. Osteoporosis: On the Cutting Edge of Bone Health

    For years, we've thought we understood osteoporosis: it's a disease in which the bones become more and more fragile as they lose density, usually due to aging, menopause, and other factors like lack of calcium and vitamin D in the diet. But today, advances in research are shedding new light on osteo

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  2. Cell Phones on Hip May Weaken Bone

    Oct. 27, 2009 -- Early research suggests that wearing a cell phone on your hip may weaken the area of the pelvis widely used for bone grafting. Using an X-ray technique used in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with osteoporosis, researchers from Turkey's Suleyman Demireli University measured

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  3. Osteoporosis Help From 'Vegetable Lamb' Plant?

    Oct. 16, 2009 -- The vegetable lamb plant contains substances that may one day help scientists develop new treatments for osteoporosis, a study shows. The study is published in the Journal of Natural Products. Young Ho Kim, PhD, of the Chungnam National University in Daejeon, South Korea, working wi

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  4. New Osteoporosis Drug Coming?

    Aug. 11, 2009 -- The experimental drug denosumab may be on its way to becoming the newest way to treat osteoporosis. Denosumab, a biological drug given by injection every six months, looks safe and effective, researchers report in today's advance online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine

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  5. Spinal Fracture: Cement No Better Than Sham

    Aug. 5, 2009 -- A popular treatment for painful spinal compression fractures works no better than sham therapy in patients with osteoporosis, according to two new studies published today in the New England Journal of Medicine. Researchers compared outcomes among patients who received injections of m

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  6. Do Bone Tests Help Monitor Osteoporosis?

    June 24, 2009 -- Bone mineral density testing is not helpful and may even be misleading during osteoporosis treatment with bisphosphonates, new research shows. Many health groups, including the National Osteoporosis Foundation, recommend bone density testing every year or every two years for people

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  7. Survey: Many Women Slip on Bone Health

    May 14, 2009 -- Many postmenopausal women with osteoporosis are not on top of their disease management, according to a new national survey. Osteoporosis has been declared a global health crisis by the World Health Organization and other health groups, and federal authorities say fractures related to

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  8. 12 Foods to Boost Bone Health

    If you've been diagnosed with osteoporosis you know you need to lots of vital nutrients, like calcium and vitamin D. Turns out breakfast may be the best time to give your bone health a lift. Most of the foods and beverages now fortified with calcium are start-your-day kinds of tastes: Orange juice.

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  9. The Effects of Smoking on Bone Health

    Whatever your age, the effects of smoking on bone health can't be ignored. The years from childhood until age 30 are prime time for building bone mass. "If an adolescent is smoking, they will not develop maximum bone mass. They will end up with a smaller skeleton and less bone mass, compared to a no

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  10. Osteoporosis and Diets

    Weight loss and bone loss can sometimes go hand in hand. Doctors know that women with anorexia, who severely restrict calories for a long time, are at increased risk for osteoporosis. The eating disorder interferes with hormones needed to maintain bone, not to mention the foods people need to build

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