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  1. Osteoporosis Drugs May Be Linked to Cancer Risk

    Sept. 2, 2010 -- The long-term use of oral bisphosphonate osteoporosis drugs such as Actonel, Boniva, and Fosamax may be associated with a doubling in esophageal cancer risk, but the risk to individual users remains small, researchers say. Compared to people who had never taken the medications, long

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  2. FDA OKs Prolia for High-Risk Osteoporosis

    June 2, 2010 -- The FDA has approved twice-a-year Prolia (denosumab) injections to treat osteoporosis in patients at high risk of fracture. Prolia is a so-called monoclonal antibody -- a fully human, lab-produced antibody that inactivates the body's bone-breakdown mechanism. It's the first "biologic

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  3. Osteoporosis Patients Underestimate Fracture Risk

    April 9, 2010 -- Many of the 8 million women in the United States who have osteoporosis don’t recognize that they are at increased risk for fractures, a new study finds. More than 60,000 postmenopausal women from 10 countries in Europe, North America, and Australia were asked to assess their fractur

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  4. Only Rare Fractures Linked to Osteoporosis Drugs

    March 24, 2010 -- Weird below-the-hip thigh fractures linked to Fosamax and other osteoporosis drugs are rare -- but even if they tripled these injuries, they'd still prevent more fractures than they caused. These unusual bone fractures are nearly straight breaks across the thigh bone well below the

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  5. Osteoporosis Drug May Fight Several Diseases

    Feb. 24, 2010 -- A new entry in a popular class of osteoporosis drugs may help postmenopausal women reduce their risk of broken bones as well as fight breast cancer, heart disease, and stroke. Lasofoxifene is a part of a class of drugs known as nonsteroidal selective estrogen-receptor modulators (SE

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  6. Beer for Better Bones?

    Feb. 8, 2010 -- Drinking beer may be good for building more than just beer bellies. A new study suggests that drinking beer may help build better bones thanks to its high silicon content. According to the National Institutes of Health, dietary silicon in the soluble form of orthosilicic acid (OSA) m

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  7. Serotonin May Be a Key to Treat Osteoporosis

    Feb. 7, 2010 -- The hormone serotonin may hold the key to new treatments for reversing osteoporosis-related bone loss, new research finds. When investigators at Columbia University Medical Center treated mice and rats with an experimental drug that stopped the gut from synthesizing serotonin, they w

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  8. Cell Phones on Hip May Weaken Bone

    Oct. 27, 2009 -- Early research suggests that wearing a cell phone on your hip may weaken the area of the pelvis widely used for bone grafting. Using an X-ray technique used in the diagnosis and monitoring of patients with osteoporosis, researchers from Turkey's Suleyman Demireli University measured

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  9. Osteoporosis Help From 'Vegetable Lamb' Plant?

    Oct. 16, 2009 -- The vegetable lamb plant contains substances that may one day help scientists develop new treatments for osteoporosis, a study shows. The study is published in the Journal of Natural Products. Young Ho Kim, PhD, of the Chungnam National University in Daejeon, South Korea, working wi

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  10. New Osteoporosis Drug Coming?

    Aug. 11, 2009 -- The experimental drug denosumab may be on its way to becoming the newest way to treat osteoporosis. Denosumab, a biological drug given by injection every six months, looks safe and effective, researchers report in today's advance online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine

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