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    1. FDA: No Heart Rhythm Risk From Bone Drugs

      Nov. 12, 2008 -- The FDA says it sees no proof that the bone drugs called bisphosphonates are linked to a heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation. Bisphosphonates are widely used to treat osteoporosis and to slow bone turnover in patients with Paget's disease of the bone and to treat some ca

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    2. 3 Steps Cut Osteoporosis Hip Fractures

      Nov. 5, 2008 -- Getting aggressive about osteoporosis screening and treatment can go a long way toward preventing hip fractures, a new study shows. The researchers -- who work at Kaiser Southern California, a branch of the Kaiser Permanente health maintenance organization (HMO) -- say their strategy

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    3. Vitamin K: No Help for Bone Density

      Oct. 14, 2008 -- Though often touted as a way to strengthen bones, taking vitamin K for osteopenia does not protect postmenopausal women from age-related declines in bone density, a new study shows. But it may help them avoid fractures or cancers. The findings relating to fracture and cancer avoidan

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    4. Vitamin C: Good for Your Bones

      Sept. 19, 2008 -- A high intake of vitamin C may help reduce bone loss, at least in elderly men, according to a new study. "Vitamin C had an effect on the [bone density of] hips in men, but it didn't have an effect on women," says Katherine L. Tucker, PhD, a senior scientist at the Jean Mayer USDA H

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    5. New Osteoporosis Drugs in the Works

      Sept. 18, 2008 -- Two experimental osteoporosis drugs are getting attention from bone experts -- and may become the first biologic drugs to treat osteoporosis. The drugs are called denosumab and odancatib. Results from their latest clinical trials, presented this week in Montreal at the annual meeti

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    6. Guidelines for Osteoporosis Treatment

      Sept. 15, 2008 -- Drugs are helpful in treating osteoporosis, but figuring out which drug to prescribe means evaluating the pluses and minuses of each option for each patient, according to new recommendations from The American College of Physicians. As people get older their bones become less dense

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    7. New Test for Osteoporosis Fracture Risk

      June 24, 2008 -- An ultrasound exam of the heel combined with an assessment of specific risk factors for bone loss and falling can help predict fracture risk due to osteoporosis, a new study suggests. Researchers say the combination approach could be used to identify older people with a low fracture

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    8. Moderate Drinking for Strong Bones?

      May 22, 2008 -- Alcoholism is a well-established risk factor for osteoporosis and related fractures, but a drink or two a day just may help keep bones strong, a review of the research shows. Moderate alcohol consumption -- and the key is "moderate" -- was associated with a lower risk for hip fractur

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    9. New Guidelines for Osteoporosis in Men

      May 8, 2008 -- The American College of Physicians has issued new guidelines to bring awareness to osteoporosis screening in older men. "Osteoporosis is not just a women's disease," says Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA, of the American College of Physicians, in a news release. "Not enough older men are bei

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    10. 7 Gene Regions Tied to Osteoporosis

      April 29, 2008 -- Your genes may affect your odds of developing osteoporosis, and now scientists have seven new leads on which genes affect osteoporosis risk. It's too early for a gene test to gauge osteoporosis risk, but researchers are working toward that goal. The new clues about the genetics of

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