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  1. Picking the Right Osteoporosis Medicine for You

    When it's time to choose an osteoporosis medicine, you have lots of options. In the past 10 years, science has come a long way in helping women treat their bone problems. First step: Make sure you're getting adequate calcium and vitamin D, advises Eve Scopelitis, MD, an internist with Ochsner Medica

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  2. 6 Medical Conditions Linked to Osteoporosis and Bone Loss

    You probably know some of the leading risk factors for osteoporosis -- being female and past menopause, smoking, or having a small frame. But did you know that some fairly common medical conditions are also among the causes of osteoporosis bone loss? If you have one of these conditions, either becau

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  3. Bone Scans and Bone Health Screenings

    A bone density scan can detect thinning bones at an early stage. If you already have osteoporosis, bone scans can also tell you how fast the disease is progressing. But an abnormal bone scan can create as many questions as it answers. Who should get a bone density scan, and what do the results mean?

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  4. 5 Lifestyle Steps for Better Bone Health

    If your doctor says you have thinning bones -- osteopenia or osteoporosis-- it's critical to take steps to slow the progression of this disease.   Calcium, exercise, no smoking, no excess drinking, bone density tests -- all these are necessary, says Kathryn Diemer, MD, professor of medicine and oste

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  5. Bone Loss and Posture: 6 Tips to Look Your Best

    Everything changes with time -- and that's certainly true if you have bone loss from osteoporosis. Little compression fractures can affect the way you sit, stand, walk -- and look. You may be a bit shorter now, your posture a little different. "These changes alter how a woman's clothes fit," says Su

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  6. Women and Weight Training for Osteoporosis

    Did you know that weight training for osteoporosis -- not just walking or doing aerobics, but lifting weights -- can help protect your bones and prevent osteoporosis-related fractures? Studies show that strength training over a period of time can help prevent bone loss -- and may even help build new

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  7. Few Treated for Osteoporosis; Many at Risk

    March 26, 2004 -- Bent backs and broken bones don't have to be a normal part of aging. Researchers say recent advances in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis not only slow the bone-thinning disease, but they can also help rebuild your bones. The problem is, only a fraction of those at risk

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  8. Fosamax: Higher Risk of Jawbone Death?

    Jan. 2, 2009 -- After having teeth pulled, 4% of patients in a study who were taking Fosamax developed a dangerous condition called osteonecrosis of the jaw, USC researchers report. None of the tooth extraction patients not taking Fosamax developed osteonecrosis. The condition, sometimes called jawb

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  9. Osteoporosis Drugs Work, but How?

    Dec. 31, 2008 -- Millions of people with osteoporosis take bisphosphonates like the drug Fosamax to make their bones stronger. The drugs work well, but a new study shows that they probably don't work in the way experts have thought. It has been widely believed that bisphosphonates work by targeting

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  10. Youth Sports Build Strong Bones for Life

    Dec. 22, 2008 -- Participating in youth sports may provide lasting benefits for women's bones. A new study shows older women who participated in weight-bearing activities like running, volleyball, and tennis during adolescence have stronger bones later in life than women who didn't play sports or di

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