Osteoporosis

Monitoring is advised for adults born preterm

Monitoring is advised for adults born preterm

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Premature birth has been associated with a number of adverse health conditions.

One-quarter of elderly women have osteoporosis, per CDC

One-quarter of elderly women have osteoporosis, per CDC

The CDC found that 24.8% of women and 5.6% of men aged 65 years and older had osteoporosis.

Some women may not need regular bone mineral density tests

Some women may not need regular bone mineral density tests

It took nearly nine years for 3% of the older women without osteoporosis to sustain a spinal fracture or break a hip, wrist, or arm.

Sleep apnea linked to osteoporosis

Sleep apnea linked to osteoporosis

Patients with sleep apnea were found to be 2.7 times more likely to develop osteoporosis.

Bisphosphonate treatment for a fragility fracture


Bisphosphonate treatment for a fragility fracture


A fragility fracture is defined as a fracture resulting from a fall from a standing height or less.

Osteoporosis in a patient taking anti-seizure medication


Osteoporosis in a patient taking anti-seizure medication


Are dual-energy x ray absorptiometry scans safe for patients taking anti-seizure medication?

Even minor changes in physical activity improve bone health

Even minor changes in physical activity improve bone health

For premenopausal woman, two hours of physical activity per week was linked to lower sclerostin and higher serum IGF-I.

Vitamin D deficiency: Beyond bone health

Vitamin D deficiency: Beyond bone health

Vitamin D promotes absorption of calcium in the intestine and maintains adequate serum phosphate and calcium concentrations.

Early menopause ups risk for osteoporosis, fractures, death

Early menopause ups risk for osteoporosis, fractures, death

Women who experience early menopause are at increased risk for osteoporosis later in life compared with women who reach menopause after the age of 47.

Bisphosphonate use increases risk for eye disease

Bisphosphonate use increases risk for eye disease

First-time oral bisphosphonate users are at higher risk for developing uveitis and scleritis.

Generic Boniva approved for osteoporosis

Generic Boniva approved for osteoporosis

The FDA has granted Apotex Inc., Orchid Healthcare and Mylan Pharmaceuticals approval to market 150 mg generic ibandronate tablets.

Microchip effectively delivers osteoporosis drug

Microchip effectively delivers osteoporosis drug

An implantable microchip about the size of a flash memory drive that can be controlled remotely, delivered doses of an osteoporosis drug with the same efficacy as injection.

"Predisease": A concept whose time has come?

"Predisease": A concept whose time has come?

Treating patients before they develop a disease is tempting, but the old 
adage still applies: First, do no harm.

Osteoporosis medications in patients with kidney disease


Is it safe to restart osteoporosis medications in patients with stage 5 chronic kidney disease?

Women are overscreened, undertreated for osteoporosis

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Inappropriate screening could lead to improper osteoporosis management.

Reflux rebound after stopping PPI therapy

What is the likelihood of acid-reflux rebound in a patient stopping a proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) (pantoprazole [Protonix]) after taking the medication for one month or more?

Extra calcium won't reduce fracture risk

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Clinicians should focus on increasing calcium intake among women who are not consuming enough of this mineral rather than increasing the calcium intake of those already consuming adequate amounts.

Calcium supplements bad for the heart?

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Use of supplemental calcium has increased greatly in recent years, yet Americans still may not be getting enough of this mineral.

Use fracture risk to predict osteoporosis

Use fracture risk to predict osteoporosis

Be sure to consult guidelines from the National Osteoporosis Foundation for advice on optimizing calcium and vitamin D intake and reducing fall risk.

Osteoporosis conundrum

What is the mechanism of action of teriparatide, the new parathyroid hormone (PTH) analog being used for the treatment of osteoporosis?

Screen all older women for osteoporosis

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U.S. Preventive Services Task Force updates osteoporosis screening guidelines.

Risks and benefits of bisphosphonate therapy

At what T-score and patient age does the benefit of bisphosphonate therapy outweigh the risk?

Glucosamine and chondroitin lack efficacy for improving osteoarthritis pain

Glucosamine and chondroitin, alone and in combination, have become popular as both prescription and OTC supplements for joint pain, but is there evidence to back it up?

Once-a-decade BMD screening sufficient

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Women aged 67 years and older with normal bone mineral density scores may not need to undergo such testing again for 10 years.

Fix vitamin D prior to surgery

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Nearly half of persons undergoing orthopedic surgery go into the operating room with deficient vitamin D levels.

Osteoporosis in patients with CKD

Osteoporosis in patients with CKD

A lack of clinical trials and limited pharmaceutical options mean that management of this complication poses therapeutic challenges.

Lead-free calcium supplements?

Is there a source of calcium that is lead-free?

Osteoporosis screening in postmenopausal women

Osteoporosis screening in postmenopausal women

New management strategies include the use of Web-based tools, an emphasis on lifestyle approaches, and early pharmaceutical intervention.

Disability with a flick of the wrist

Wrist fractures contribute to functional decline in older women.

PPIs tied to fracture, Clostridium difficile rates

PPI users face a potential rise in the risks of fractures and bacterial infection.

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