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  1. Low Risk of Jaw Problems With Oral Osteoporosis Drugs

    March 17, 2011 -- Osteoporosis drugs and serious jaw problems have been linked in past studies, but new research presented at the International Association for Dental Research in San Diego finds a low risk with oral osteoporosis drugs, known as bisphosphonates. Echoing the findings of previous studi

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  2. Nitroglycerin May Increase Bone Density

    Feb. 22, 2011 -- Women at risk of fractures who used the heart medicine nitroglycerin boosted their bone density modestly, according to a new study. ''We found nitroglycerin has a unique ability," says researcher Sophie Jamal, MD, PhD, associate professor of medicine at the University of Toronto. "W

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  3. New Evidence of Fracture Risk From Bone Drugs

    Feb. 22, 2011 -- There is new evidence that long-term use of the most widely prescribed bone loss drugs may increase the risk for uncommon but serious femur (thigh bone) fractures. In an analysis involving more than 200,000 postmenopausal women, those who took oral bisphosphonates for more than five

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  4. Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Lower Cancer Risk

    Feb. 17, 2011 -- Drugs prescribed to prevent fractures in osteoporosis may do double duty, cutting a woman’s risk of colon cancer by more than half for those who take them for at least a year, a new study shows. The study is the latest in a growing body of research suggesting that bisphosphonates, d

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  5. New Recommendations for Osteoporosis Screening

    Jan. 19, 2011 -- An influential panel of experts has issued new guidelines for osteoporosis screening, recommending for the first time that women younger than 60 get bone density scans if they have risk factors that increase the likelihood that they could experience a fracture within the next 10 yea

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  6. Belly Fat Linked to Women’s Osteoporosis Risk

    Nov. 30, 2010 (Chicago) -- Belly fat may be bad for women's bone health, raising their risk of osteoporosis, researchers report. In a study of 50 premenopausal women, many of whom were obese, those who had more fat around the waistline were more likely to have low bone mineral density, an osteoporos

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  7. New Views on Frequency of Osteoporosis Screening

    Oct. 17, 2010 -- Women aged 65 and older are advised to undergo bone mineral density (BMD) screening every two years, but those with normal results at age 67 may be able to wait 10 years before their next screening test, a new study suggests. Researchers say the 10-year interval is OK because the wo

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  8. FDA: Osteoporosis Drugs May Raise Thigh Fracture Risk

    Oct. 13, 2010 -- The bisphosphonate class of osteoporosis drugs -- including Actonel, Atelvia, Boniva, Fosamax, Reclast, and generics -- may raise the risk of thigh bone fracture, the FDA warns. There's no proof that the drugs cause the rare, serious thigh fractures called atypical femur fractures.

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  9. Exercise Helps Prevent Fractures

    Sept. 27, 2010 -- Elderly women with osteopenia, a condition with low levels of bone mineral density, can reduce their risk of hip fractures with regular daily exercise, a new study says. In people diagnosed with osteopenia, bone mineral density is lower than normal, but not low enough to be classif

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  10. Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Rare Fractures

    Sept 14, 2010 -- Popular osteoporosis drugs known as bisphosphonates may increase the risk of rare, but painful thigh bone fractures, and their labeling should be updated to reflect this increased risk. That's the conclusion of a 27-person international task force that was convened by the American S

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