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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Raising Bone Mineral Density Without HRT

    March 25, 2003 (New York) -- In July 2002, when the National Institutes of Health ended a major trial of hormone replacement therapy because of risks, the door was slammed shut on using HRT for boosting bone mineral density to prevent osteoporosis. By August 2002, prescriptions for hormone replaceme

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  5. Vitamin D Helps Elderly Avoid Fractures

    Feb. 27, 2003 -- Preventing broken bones as you age could be as easy as popping a vitamin D pill just three times a year. It's especially important to prevent bone thinning and fractures in the elderly. In fact, breaking the hip can even cause death in many elderly people -- due to an increase in pn

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  6. Half of Americans Break a Bone by Age 65

    Feb. 5, 2003 -- Every 14 seconds, someone in the U.S. needs an orthopaedic surgeon. Half of all Americans will break a bone by the time they're 65. The findings come from a report at this week's annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Mark R. Brinker, MD, of Houston's Texas O

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  7. Long-Distance Runners Risk Bone Loss

    Jan. 27, 2003 -- They seem to be at the peak of health. But young female long-distance runners risk bone loss, a British study confirms. Running is good for you. It reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. It once was thought to increase bone density -- but that's not necessarily so

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  8. Vitamin A: Bone Poison?

    Jan. 22, 2003 -- Getting too much of a good thing may be partially responsible for the rise of osteoporosis and brittle bones among older people in the U.S. and other developed countries. A new study shows excessive intake of vitamin A can increase a person's risk of bone fracture by as much as seve

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  9. Light Exercise Won't Make Bones Strong

    Nov. 1, 2002 -- "Just move it" is good advice for your heart. But building strong bones takes something more.   A study of healthy older people shows that being fit doesn't mean you have strong bones. Kerry J. Stewart, EdD, director of clinical exercise physiology at Johns Hopkins University, led a

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  10. Soy Doesn't Improve Bones in Young Women

    Oct. 25, 2002 -- Studies suggest that eating foods rich in soy helps protect older women from bone loss, but a new study finds that the same is not true for young women. In a University of North Carolina (UNC) study, women in their 20s who ate diets high in isoflavone-enriched soy protein did not sh

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