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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Fruits, Veggies May Bolster Bones

    June 14, 2006 -- Eating lots of fruits and vegetables might strengthen bones, according to a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition . But most people fall short of the recommended five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables, the study also shows. The study comes from research s

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  8. Calcium Pills: Helping Women's Bones?

    April 25, 2006 -- There is growing evidence that calcium supplements offer little protection against bone fractures in older women because so many women fail to take them as recommended. Findings from a new study examining calcium and bone health are strikingly similar to those published in mid-Febr

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  9. Is Calcium a Bust for Bones?

    Feb. 15, 2006 -- Calcium and Vitamin D supplements may help protect some older women's hips -- but only when taken regularly, a new study shows. The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, followed more than 36,000 healthy, postmenopausal women for an average of seven years. Women w

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  10. FDA OKs First IV Osteoporosis Drug

    Jan. 13, 2006 -- The FDA has approved the first intravenous drug to treat osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. The drug is a new form of Boniva, an osteoporosis medicine that is already approved in pill form. Boniva pills are available to take on a daily schedule or monthly. Intravenous Boniva is a

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