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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Osteoporosis Drugs: Risk to the Heart?

    April 28, 2008 -- The osteoporosis drug Fosamax may be linked to increased risk of abnormal heart rhythms, a new study shows. But experts urge patients not to quit Fosamax or similar osteoporosis drugs based on the findings. "We're not saying that this drug should be stopped and we certainly do not

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  8. Bone Loss Drug Linked to Rare Fracture

    March 19, 2008 -- Long-term use of the osteoporosis drug Fosamax may weaken the bones in a small subset of people taking the drug. Patients who suffer this unusual side effect suffer broken legs after minor falls. It's likely that other drugs in the same class as Fosamax -- the bisphosphonates -- ha

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  9. New Guidelines for Osteoporosis Tests

    Feb. 21, 2008 -- For the first time, the nation's leading osteoporosis group is recommending routine bone density testing for men as well as women. New guidelines released Thursday by the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) call for bone mineral density (BMD) testing for all men ages 70 and older

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  10. FDA OKs First Generic Fosamax

    Feb. 6, 2008 -- The FDA today approved the first generic versions of the osteoporosis drug Fosamax (alendronate). Teva Pharmaceuticals will make generic Fosamax in 5-milligram, 10-milligram, and 40-milligram daily doses, and in 35-milligram and 70-milligram weekly doses. Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc. wi

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