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  1. Dental X-Rays May Warn of Osteoporosis

    Jan. 5, 2007 -- Osteoporosis screening may be helped by dental X-rays, British dental experts report. They've developed computer software that checks routine dental X-rays for possible warning signs of osteoporosis, in which bones become too thin and are more likely to fracture. The software develop

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  2. Drug for Bone Disease Linked to 'Jaw Death'

    Oct. 3, 2005 -- Millions of people treated for bone diseases such as osteoporosis may be at risk for developing a potentially serious jawbone condition that seems to be triggered by having teeth pulled. More than a thousand cases of osteonecrosis of the jaw, or jaw death, have been reported in patie

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  3. Fosamax Break Won't Up Fracture Risk

    Dec. 26, 2006 -- After five years of taking the osteoporosis drug Fosamax, some women will be getting a break. That's "break" as in "drug holiday," not as in "fracture." A U.S. clinical trial shows that women who stop taking Fosamax after five years have no more fracture risk than women who keep on

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  4. Weight Loss Can Mean Bone Loss

    Dec. 11, 2006 -- Overweight dieters who cut calories but don't exercise lose more than weight -- they lose bone mass. That finding comes from a study by Dennis T. Villareal, MD, and colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis. The researchers studied 46 men and women with an average age of 57.

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  5. What's Wrong With the Yellow Wiggle?

    Nov. 30, 2006 --The lead singer of The Wiggles, the hugely popular group that entertains children, is leaving the band because of a medical condition known as orthostatic intolerance. Greg Page, also known as the Yellow Wiggle, is having difficulty with walking, balance, speech, and coordination, ac

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  6. Fastest Osteoporosis Drug: Actonel

    Nov. 27, 2006 -- Actonel and Fosamax both prevent bone loss after menopause. But Actonel works faster, a study by top osteoporosis experts suggests. Actonel (made by Procter & Gamble) and Fosamax (made by Merck) are both effective treatments for age-related osteoporosis. This kind of bone loss is a

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  7. Study Links Cola to Bone Loss in Women

    Oct. 6, 2006 -- Women who are concerned about thinning bones may want to limit the number of colas they drink. Researchers found that drinking cola soft drinks on a regular basis was associated with lower bone mineral density in the hip. Lower bone density can lead to osteoporosis , which, in turn,

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  8. Formula Predicts Women's Fractures

    Sept. 26, 2006 -- Australian researchers have come up with a mathematical formula to help predict bone fractures in women 60 and older. The formula, described in Radiology's October edition, factors in bone mineral density at the hip and spine, history of fractures and falls, and weight. Researchers

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  9. Once-Yearly Osteoporosis Drug in Works

    Sept. 19, 2006 -- A new drug called Reclast may make it possible to reduce osteoporosis fractures with a single annual infusion that takes 15 minutes. Reclast's maker, Novartis, is preparing to submit Reclast for FDA approval as an osteoporosis treatment. Meanwhile, Reclast's Phase III studies, the

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  10. Hip Fractures Expected to Soar

    June 15, 2006 -- Call it a sign of the times: As the world's population ages, experts predict a boom in hip fractures. "The estimated number of hip fractures worldwide will rise from 1.7 million in 1990 to 6.3 million in 2050," write Philip Sambrook, MD, and Cyrus Cooper, DM, in The Lancet. Sambrook

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