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  1. Preventing Bone Loss, on a Yearly Basis

    Feb. 27, 2002 -- An experimental approach to treating osteoporosis may soon make it possible to prevent bone loss and fractures with just one yearly trip to the doctor's office. Researchers report that an annual infusion of a drug similar to those used in the most widely prescribed oral medications

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  2. Learning the Language of Bones

    Jan. 9, 2002 -- POH -- progressive osseous heteroplasia -- is a very rare disease. Children who have it are horribly deformed: Bone fragments grow in their skin, muscles, and internal organs. How this could happen has long been a mystery. One clue is that the disease runs in families. A new study of

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  3. Shuttle Reaps New Medical Data

    Dec. 6, 2001 -- Men are from Mars; women are from Venus, right? As the space shuttle hurtles through the galaxy, it's carrying not only astronauts -- but also a mandate to perform medical experiments. All this pricey science brings hope to mere mortals on planet earth, helping us understand how our

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  4. Hormone Restores Bone Strength in Men With Osteoporosis

    Oct. 15, 2001 -- Osteoporosis is thought to be only a woman's disease. But this is not the case, and researchers are looking for treatments that can help build bone in men as well. People with osteoporosis have thin and weak bones and stand a good chance of fractures, which can be a very serious --

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  5. Estrogen Increases Bone Mass in Women Over 75

    Aug. 14, 2001 -- Use of estrogen to increase bone mass -- and thereby prevent bone loss and fractures associated with osteoporosis -- is an established approach in at-risk women in the period immediately after menopause. But what about using the hormone in older women? A small study in the Journal o

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  6. Gentle Vibration Prevents Bone Loss.

    Aug. 8, 2001 -- A new study is giving out good vibrations. The study, in this week's Nature, suggests that gentle vibration can improve bone growth. If the findings hold up in humans, they suggest a new way to prevent osteoporosis, or bone loss often seen in menopause, without drugs. "Exercise may p

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  7. Osteoporosis Drug Passes First Approval Hurdle

    July 27, 2001 (Washington) -- A new treatment for the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis should be approved for use in women, a panel of FDA experts unanimously recommended at a meeting on Friday. But the panel was split on whether Forteo (teriparatide) should be approved for use in men, voting 5-5.

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  8. Bone-Building Drugs May Also Beef Up Cartilage

    June 15, 2001 -- A drug being developed to prevent the breakdown of bone caused by a type of cancer may also be able to prevent or slow the deterioration of cartilage in joints, a condition that can lead to painful and disabling osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, report French researchers in a

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  9. Estrogen's Benefit on Bone Questioned

    June 12, 2001 -- The main reason the majority of women take hormone replacement therapy after menopause is to prevent the crippling brittle-bone disease osteoporosis as they age. But new research adds to growing concerns that taking estrogen may not be the most effective protection for women over ag

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  10. Broken Leg? Pass the Cortisone!

    May 30, 2001 -- Steroid drugs like dexamethasone, which are similar to cortisone, are a common treatment for a host of conditions, including inflammation due to allergies. New research now shows this drug may actually have a role in treating various bone diseases -- from broken bones to bone disease

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