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  1. Virtual Colonoscopy Can Spot Osteoporosis

    Dec. 2, 2008 (Chicago) -- Virtual colonoscopy -- colon cancer screening via CT scans -- can also be used to screen people for the bone disorder osteoporosis, researchers report. "If you're trying to decide whether to have a colonoscopy or virtual colonoscopy, you may want to opt for the latter as it

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  2. FDA: No Heart Rhythm Risk From Bone Drugs

    Nov. 12, 2008 -- The FDA says it sees no proof that the bone drugs called bisphosphonates are linked to a heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation. Bisphosphonates are widely used to treat osteoporosis and to slow bone turnover in patients with Paget's disease of the bone and to treat some ca

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  3. 3 Steps Cut Osteoporosis Hip Fractures

    Nov. 5, 2008 -- Getting aggressive about osteoporosis screening and treatment can go a long way toward preventing hip fractures, a new study shows. The researchers -- who work at Kaiser Southern California, a branch of the Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization (HMO) -- say their strategy

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  4. Vitamin K: No Help for Bone Density

    Oct. 14, 2008 -- Though often touted as a way to strengthen bones, taking vitamin K for osteopenia does not protect postmenopausal women from age-related declines in bone density, a new study shows. But it may help them avoid fractures or cancers. The findings relating to fracture and cancer avoidan

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  5. Vitamin C: Good for Your Bones

    Sept. 19, 2008 -- A high intake of vitamin C may help reduce bone loss, at least in elderly men, according to a new study. "Vitamin C had an effect on the [bone density of] hips in men, but it didn't have an effect on women," says Katherine L. Tucker, PhD, a senior scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA H

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  6. New Osteoporosis Drugs in the Works

    Sept. 18, 2008 -- Two experimental osteoporosis drugs are getting attention from bone experts -- and may become the first biologic drugs to treat osteoporosis. The drugs are called denosumab and odancatib. Results from their latest clinical trials, presented this week in Montreal at the annual meeti

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  7. Guidelines for Osteoporosis Treatment

    Sept. 15, 2008 -- Drugs are helpful in treating osteoporosis, but figuring out which drug to prescribe means evaluating the pluses and minuses of each option for each patient, according to new recommendations from The American College of Physicians. As people get older their bones become less dense

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  8. New Test for Osteoporosis Fracture Risk

    June 24, 2008 -- An ultrasound exam of the heel combined with an assessment of specific risk factors for bone loss and falling can help predict fracture risk due to osteoporosis, a new study suggests. Researchers say the combination approach could be used to identify older people with a low fracture

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  9. Weight-Bearing Exercise: 8 Workouts for Strong Bones

    What are the best ways to exercise and improve your bone health when you have osteoporosis? Try weight-bearing workouts that stress bones and muscles more than your everyday life, says Paul Mystkowski, MD, an endocrinologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and clinical faculty member of

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  10. Moderate Drinking for Strong Bones?

    May 22, 2008 -- Alcoholism is a well-established risk factor for osteoporosis and related fractures, but a drink or two a day just may help keep bones strong, a review of the research shows. Moderate alcohol consumption -- and the key is "moderate" -- was associated with a lower risk for hip fractur

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