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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. 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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