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Doctors discuss oral bisphosphonates alternatives for osteoporosis patients at international meeting
After recent reports linked the osteoporosis medications bisphosphonates to an increased risk of esophageal cancer, a number of physicians world-wide have discussed safer ways to administer the drug. AMEinfo.com reports that at a medical meeting in Dubai titled Optimizing Osteoporosis Treatment, orthopedic surgeons discussed the risk of fracture in osteoporotic patients and the available treatment options.
Eating right and exercising may help prevent osteoporosis
In honor of World Osteoporosis Day, which is October 20, Highmark - a health insurance agency - has released a list of tips for keeping bones healthy and preventing potentially fatal fractures.
Osteoporosis drugs may increase stroke risk in cancer patients
New research reveals that cancer patients who are treated with osteoporosis-fighting drugs such as bisphosphonates are at an increased risk for abnormal heart rhythms and stroke. The study appears in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
European conference discusses prevention of spinal fractures
At a press conference held in Belgium this week, the International Osteoporosis Foundation, the Belgian Bone Club and the European Parliament Osteoporosis Interest Group called on healthcare professionals and health policy officials in Europe to take action to prevent spinal fractures.
Study shows prostate cancer treatment may cause bone decay
Researchers from the University of Melbourne in Australia recently found that a common treatment for prostate cancer called androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) may cause bone decay.
Ultrasound device may improve bone healing
A recent report published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders shows how the use of low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) in patients with tibial fractures may speed up the healing process and increase bone mineral density (BMD). This information may be beneficial to osteoporosis patients who suffer from painful bone fractures.
Study shows that Vitamin D supplements do not improve bone density in healthy children
According to a new study published in the Cochrane Systematic Review, giving vitamin D supplements to healthy children with normal vitamin D levels does not improve their bone density.
Doctors see increase in patients with osteoporosis symptoms in feet
According to the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons, osteoporosis is frequently referred to as the "silent crippler" since it often progresses without any symptoms or is not diagnosed until a person experiences pain from a bone fracture. The college recently reported that unexplained foot fractures may be the first sign of osteoporosis.
Scientists discuss the ethics of placebo-controlled studies for osteoporosis research
In an essay appearing in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, two researchers, Clifford Rosen and Sundeep Khosla, wrote that placebo-controlled trials of new osteoporosis drugs can be performed ethically, if patient selection and other design issues are handled carefully.
Eating foods that contain bone-building nutrients may help in preventing osteoporosis
Women who want to lower their risk of developing osteoporosis can eat certain foods in addition to other healthy habits. A number of dairy products, produce and nuts contain calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients, EmpowHer reports.
Specific exercises may help women prevent osteoporosis
Primary care physicians often recommend that middle-aged women, particularly those who are petite, engage in weight-bearing exercise in order to prevent osteoporosis. However, many women are unsure of how much weight is necessary, and which exercises offer the greatest benefit.
Study shows older men are under-treated for osteoporosis
A new study suggests that elderly men are often overlooked for signs of osteoporosis. The research was conducted at the University of Sydney and saw that in a group of 1,626 men aged 70 and older, one-quarter had osteoporosis and should have been receiving subsidized treatment, The Medical News reports.
Researchers find substance in bone that plays a major role in controlling density
A recent study conducted by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem shows how a group of substances in the body play a key role in controlling bone density. This research has led the team to begin development of a drug for prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and other bone disorders.
Study finds alternative medicines are underreported in osteoporosis patients
A recent study shows that most complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use is not being reported to primary care physicians, which is important as CAMs can have possible clinical interactions, the Irish Medical Times reports.
Study reveals many primary care physicians are unaware of new osteoporosis drug
A new medication, Prolia, was recently approved for the treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women at increased risk of fractures or patients who have failed on or are intolerant to other osteoporosis treatment.

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