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    1. 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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    2. Osteoporosis Drug May Fight Several Diseases

      Feb. 24, 2010 -- A new entry in a popular class of osteoporosis drugs may help postmenopausal women reduce their risk of broken bones as well as fight breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Lasofoxifene is a part of a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal selective estrogen-receptor modulators (SE

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    3. Beer for Better Bones?

      Feb. 8, 2010 -- Drinking beer may be good for building more than just beer bellies. A new study suggests that drinking beer may help build better bones thanks to its high silicon content. According to the National Institutes of Health, dietary silicon in the soluble form of orthosilicic acid (OSA) m

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    4. Serotonin May Be a Key to Treat Osteoporosis

      Feb. 7, 2010 -- The hormone serotonin may hold the key to new treatments for reversing osteoporosis-related bone loss, new research finds. When investigators at Columbia University Medical Center treated mice and rats with an experimental drug that stopped the gut from synthesizing serotonin, they w

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    5. The Truth About Vitamin D: How Much Vitamin D Do You Need?

      How much vitamin D do I need? In November 2010, the Institute of Medicine's expert committee set a new "dietary reference intake" for vitamin D. Assuming that a person gets virtually no vitamin D from sunshine -- and that this person gets adequate amounts of calcium -- the IOM committee recommends g

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    6. The Truth About Vitamin D: Vitamin D Food Sources

      Which foods contain vitamin D? Surprisingly few foods contain vitamin D -- unless it's added to the food. That's because your body is built to get vitamin D through your skin (from sunlight) rather than through your mouth (by food). But once your body has enough, it doesn't matter whether you got it

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    7. The Truth About Vitamin D: Drug Interactions

      Does vitamin D interact with other medications? Yes. Steroid medications such as prednisone can interfere with vitamin D metabolism. If you take steroid drugs regularly, discuss vitamin D with your doctor. The weight loss drug orlistat -- brand names include Xenical and Alli -- may cut absorption of

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    8. The Truth About Vitamin D: What Kind of Vitamin D is Best?

      What kind of vitamin D is best? The recommended form of vitamin D is vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol. This is the natural form of vitamin D that your body makes from sunlight. Supplements are made from the fat of lambs' wool. However, a clinical study reported in 2008 suggested that vitamin D2 works a

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    9. The Truth About Vitamin D: How Can You Get Enough Vitamin D?

      How can I get enough vitamin D? Thirty minutes of sun exposure to the face, legs, or back -- without sunscreen -- at least twice a week should give you plenty of vitamin D. But this much direct sun exposure might also expose you to potentially dangerous levels of cancer-causing UV radiation. And unl

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    10. 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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