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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Our bones may seem rock-solid, but the tissue (and yes, it’s living tissue) is constantly being created and destroyed. As we age, the process can skew toward bone destruction, leading to porous, weak bones that break easily—a condition called osteoporosis. The good news is that there are many things that prevent osteoporosis, including weight-bearing exercise, proper nutrition, and medication.

Osteoporosis News

  • Osteoporosis Screening Guidelines May Miss Younger Women at Risk

    FRIDAY, Oct. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures, a new study says. “If we want to prevent fractures, we need tools that help us accurately predict who will suffer these osteoporotic injuries so that we can target these at-risk [...]

  • Osteoporosis Drugs Work, But Review Finds No Clear Winner

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many osteoporosis drugs cut women’s risk of suffering a bone fracture, though it’s not clear whether any one medication works better than others, a new research review finds. Reporting Sept. 8 in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers said that for women with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, [...]

  • More Evidence Ties Some Bone-Building Drugs to Rare Fractures

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to help prevent fractures may carry a slight risk for unusual breaks in the thigh bone, Swedish researchers report. For those who took bisphosphonates for four to five years, the so-called “relative risk” was 100 times higher than among people who [...]

  • Tight Blood Pressure Control Doesn’t Raise Risk of Falls, Study Says

    WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study found no evidence to support the widely held belief that intensive treatment for high blood pressure increases patients’ risk of falls and broken bones. Research shows that treating high blood pressure can prevent strokes and other cardiovascular problems, but many doctors fear that tight control of [...]

  • Bone Drugs Don’t Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All, Study Finds

    By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) — Drugs known as bisphosphonates, commonly prescribed to treat the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, don’t appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer as previously thought, new research finds. “We found that postmenopausal women who took a bisphosphonate for three or four years did not have a decreased risk [...]

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