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  1. Calcium Supplements Thwart Bone Loss

    Aug. 23, 2007 -- Confused about whether calcium supplements and vitamin D supplements protect your bones? A report in this week's edition of The Lancet sheds new light on that question. People aged 50 and older who take calcium supplements are 12% less likely to fracture a bone than their peers who

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  2. FDA OKs Once-Yearly Osteoporosis Drug

    Aug. 17, 2007 - The FDA today approved Reclast, the first once-yearly drug for postmenopausal osteoporosis, according to the manufacturer Novartis. The drug was previously approved by the FDA in April for Paget's disease, which can result in misshapen bones in one or more areas of the body. This is

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  3. Osteoporosis Testing Good for Men, Too

    Aug. 7, 2007 -- A study in tomorrow's edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association sheds new light on an often overlooked problem: osteoporosis in men. The study shows that it may be cost-effective to screen and treat osteoporosis in men aged 65 and older who had a history of a fractur

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  4. Soy Compound May Bolster Women's Bones

    June 18, 2007 -- Genistein, a compound found in soy, may strengthen the bones of women at risk for osteoporosis. So say Italian researchers including Francesco Squadrito, MD, of Italy's University of Messina. They studied 389 postmenopausal Italian women with osteopenia, in which bone mineral densit

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  5. Once-Yearly Drug Prevents Fractures

    May 2, 2007 - With one 15-minute infusion a year, a bone-loss drug called Reclast cuts risk of vertebral fractures by 70% and hip fractures by 41% over three years. The finding comes from a clinical trial in which nearly 4,000 postmenopausal women got Reclast and about the same number got an inactiv

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  6. Osteoporosis in the Genes?

    March 28, 2007 -- Scientists have found a gene that may affect the odds of developing osteoporosis. The gene is called the DARC gene. It makes a protein needed to help break down bone. Some variations in the DARC gene boost production of that protein, ultimately lowering bone mineral density, the sc

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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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