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  1. Diuretics May Prevent Hip Fractures

    Sept. 16, 2003 -- An inexpensive drug commonly used to fight high blood pressure may also fight another common health problem faced by older people -- hip fractures. A new study shows people over 55 who took thiazide diuretics for a year or more had about a 50% lower risk of suffering a potentially

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  2. Bone Loss Shots Fight Osteoporosis

    Oct. 13, 2003 -- Women may soon have a new alternative to taking a pill every day to help prevent the bone loss associated with menopause. A new study shows a shot of an experimental drug every three months may be just as good as daily tablets for aiding in osteoporosis prevention. Researchers found

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  3. Few Get Osteoporosis Drugs After Falls

    Oct. 2, 2003 -- As few as one in five people who have suffered a hip or wrist fracture because of osteoporosis are getting the treatment they need to help prevent future broken bones. A new study shows only 22% of elderly men and women who had a major bone fracture filled a prescription for an osteo

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  4. Combination Therapy Not Better for Bones

    Sept. 22, 2003 -- Contrary to the notion of "two is better than one," a new study shows combining two popular bone-strengthening treatments for osteoporosis won't necessarily produce better results. The research showed combining the osteoporosis drug Fosamax with parathyroid hormone wasn't significa

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  5. 60-Minute Workout Stops Bone Loss

    Sept. 5, 2003 -- Postmenopausal women who work out for 60 minutes, three times a week -- and take calcium -- can stop bone loss. That's the promise from University of Arizona researchers who developed a bone-building exercise and nutrition regimen. And it seems to work. In a study of 266 women -- av

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  6. Hormone Replacement Therapy Revisited

    Aug. 26, 2003 -- Women at risk for bone-thinning osteoporosis may be able to take hormone replacement therapy for its bone-preserving benefits without increasing their risk for heart disease and breast cancer. Intriguing new research offers the hope that very low doses of estrogen or estrogen plus p

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  7. Evista Strengthens Bones, Safe on Uterus

    July 18, 2003 -- An osteoporosis drug that acts like estrogen in a woman's bones may be able to provide the bone-boosting effects of the hormone without the added risk of some types of cancer associated with estrogen. New research shows that long-term use of the drug Evista can reduce a woman's risk

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  8. Statins Fail as Osteoporosis Treatment

    July 16, 2003 -- Statins may help millions of people lower their cholesterol, but they aren't likely to reduce the risk of osteoporosis or bone fracture, according to a new study. Researchers say previous laboratory and animal studies have suggested that statins stimulate bone formation, which could

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  9. Hip Protectors for Fractures Don't Work

    April 15, 2003 -- Fall-related hip fractures are a leading cause of death and disability among older adults, and the problem is expected to get much worse as the population ages. The World Health Organization predicts a rise in hip fractures from 1.7 million worldwide in 1990 to 6.26 million by 2050

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  10. Don't Use Forteo, Consumer Group Urges

    April 4, 2003 -- First, Public Citizen warned the FDA not to approve Forteo, a new kind of drug for osteoporosis. Now the consumer group is warning patients not to take it. The reason: The drug appears to cause a kind of bone cancer in lab rats. No such cancers were seen in human tests of the drug.

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