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Could Weak Bones, Sudden Hearing Loss Be Linked?

Posted 3 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 – Although the reason for the connection isn't clear, osteoporosis and sudden, temporary hearing loss often occur together, a new study from Taiwan finds. A team led by Dr. Kai-Jen Tien, of the Chi Mei Medical Center in Tainan City, looked at more than 10,000 Taiwan residents diagnosed with the bone disease osteoporosis between 1999 and 2008. The researchers then compared them with nearly 32,000 people without the condition. By the end of 2011, people with osteoporosis had a 76 percent higher risk of developing sudden deafness – an unexplained, rapid loss of hearing that typically occurs in one ear. This type of hearing loss can occur all at once or over several days and is often temporary. According to background information from the researchers, about half of people who experience sudden hearing loss will regain their hearing, and about 85 percent of people ... Read more

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Health Tip: Live Healthier to Help Prevent Osteoporosis

Posted 6 days ago by Drugs.com

-- A healthier lifestyle can help ward off osteoporosis, a disease that causes brittle, thin and weak bones. The American Council on Exercise offers these tips: Perform weight-bearing exercises four days per week and strengthening exercises two or three days per week. Eat a diet rich in calcium and fiber, and low in fat. Get some safe sun exposure to promote vitamin D production. Don't smoke. Read more

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Stronger Muscles = Healthier Bones in Kids

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 17, 2015 – Stronger muscles seems to mean healthier bones in children, according to a new study. "Bone strength and size is important because they are significant factors in long-term osteoporosis and fracture risk," said lead investigator Dr. Rebecca Moon, of the University of Southampton in England. "A 10 percent increase in peak bone mass will delay the onset of osteoporosis by 13 years. These findings point to the importance of early childhood physical activity to optimize muscle and bone growth," she said in a university news release. For the study, the researchers assessed 200 British children soon after birth and again when they were 6 to 7 years old, and found a link between higher amounts of lean muscle and healthy bone development. The connection between lean muscle and bone development was stronger in girls than in boys. There was no association between fat and ... Read more

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Bone-Building Drug Strengthened Hips, Spines of Frail Women in Study

Posted 13 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 13, 2015 – Frail, older women may only need a single dose of the osteoporosis drug Reclast to build bone strength, a new study suggests. But greater bone density did not translate into fewer fractures among these high-risk women, who were living in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities during the study, the researchers added. "Two surprising findings emerged," said study author Dr. Susan Greenspan, a professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. The drug improved bone strength in the very old and frail as well as it did in younger and more robust seniors, but there was no association between increasing bone density and reducing fractures, she said. "We first wanted to see if frail elders could even tolerate such treatment, and whether it would improve bone density. However, we had expected to see a positive trend of fewer fractures. But if anything, there ... Read more

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Health Tip: Understanding Osteoporosis in Men

Posted 19 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com

-- While women may be more focused on bone health, men are also at risk for osteoporosis, a disease characterized by brittle bones and bone loss. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains these risk factors for osteoporosis in men: Being over age 75. Having a low body-mass index. Having lost more than 5 percent of total body weight in the last four years. Being a current smoker. Living a sedentary lifestyle. Having a male family member with osteoporosis. Read more

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Life Satisfaction Linked to Bone Health in Older Women

Posted 16 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Jan. 16, 2015 – Older women who are satisfied with their lives may have better bone health, a new Finnish study suggests. Up to half of all women older than 50 will develop the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, which can lead to serious bone fractures, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Major risk factors for osteoporosis include menopause, slight frame, smoking, low calcium intake, and certain medications and medical conditions, the study authors explained. In addition, long-term stress can affect metabolism and, ultimately, osteoporosis risk, according to researcher Paivi Rauma, of the University of Eastern Finland, and colleagues. They published their study findings recently in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine. The health behaviors of a person with depression might also raise the risk for poor bone health, perhaps leading them to smoke or refrain from ... Read more

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Men Less Likely Than Women to Get Bone Test After Fracture

Posted 5 Nov 2014 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 5, 2014 – Older men are much less likely than women to receive osteoporosis screening and treatment after suffering a wrist fracture, a new study reveals. While osteoporosis is widely regarded as a disease that affects older women, as many as one in four men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis, according to the researchers. And, more than 2 million American men have osteoporosis, they added. "Treating men for bone fractures, but not the underlying cause, places them at a greater risk for future bone breaks and related complications," study author Dr. Tamara Rozental, an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Harvard Medical School, said in a news release from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. For the study, published Nov. 1 in the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, the investigators analyzed the medical records of 95 men and 344 women ... Read more

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Health Tip: Know the Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

Posted 14 Oct 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Osteoporosis occurs when bones become thin and brittle, increasing the risk for fractures. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mentions these risk factors for osteoporosis: Being a postmenopausal woman. Being white. Being an older adult. Having a small frame. Getting insufficient dietary calcium. Getting insufficient exercise. Read more

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Noven Receives FDA Approval of a New Indication with a New Dose for Minivelle

Posted 24 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

Miami, FL and New York, NY, – September 24, 2014 – Noven Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new indication with a new dose of Minivelle (estradiol transdermal system) for the prevention of postmenopausal osteoporosis. The FDA initially approved Minivelle in October 2012 to treat moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms (VMS) due to menopause, commonly known as hot flashes. With this new approval, women who are using Minivelle to treat their VMS symptoms have the benefit of also helping to prevent osteoporosis. The new 0.025 mg/day patch is 33% smaller than Minivelle 0.0375 mg/day that is already only about the size of a dime, the planet’s smallest estrogen therapy patch ever. Minivelle is now approved with five dosing options – 0.025 mg/day, 0.0375 mg/day, 0.05 mg/day, 0.075 mg/day, and 0.1 mg/day, with the newly app ... Read more

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Osteoporosis Drugs Work, But Review Finds No Clear Winner

Posted 8 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 – 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, various drugs cut the risk of a spine fracture by 40 to 60 percent, compared to a placebo. When it comes to other bone breaks, including hip fractures, the drugs lower the risk by 20 to 40 percent, the study said. The beneficial drugs included bisphosphonates, sold under brand names such as Actonel (risedronate), Boniva (ibandronate) and Fosamax (alendronate), and the injection drugs denosumab (Prolia) and teriparatide (Forteo). Meanwhile, raloxifene (Evista) – a daily pill that has estrogen-like effects on bones – seems to cut the risk of spine fractures only, ... Read more

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More Evidence Ties Some Bone-Building Drugs to Rare Fractures

Posted 4 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 – 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 didn't use the medications. But the researchers explained that the absolute risk of having such a fracture was small, and would affect only one in 1,000 people. "If you have osteoporosis, the benefit of bisphosphonates outweighs the risk during the first years of treatment. But if you don't have osteoporosis, but only a moderate decrease in bone density, the benefit is likely to be smaller than the risk," said lead researcher Dr. Per Aspenberg, a professor of orthopaedic surgery at Linkoping University in Sweden. However, U.S. experts said bisphosphonates still have a ... Read more

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

Posted 11 Aug 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 11 – 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 in breast cancer," said study author Trisha Hue, an epidemiologist at the University of California, San Francisco. When prior observational studies noted links between the drugs' use and lower breast cancer risk in, experts assumed the drugs deserved the credit. However, based on the new findings, Hue suspects that low estrogen levels may have been the risk-reducer. "Women who get bisphosphonates have a low bone mass density," she said. "If you have low bone mass density, you probably have low estrogen." This is because the hormone, which is depleted after ... Read more

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Novel Osteoporosis Drug Could Change Treatment: Study

Posted 2 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 2, 2014 – A new medication for osteoporosis prompts the body to rebuild bone and could potentially strengthen the skeleton against fractures, researchers report. The experimental drug, romosozumab, frees the body's ability to stimulate bone production by blocking biochemical signals that naturally inhibit bone formation, explained Dr. Michael McClung, founding director of the Oregon Osteoporosis Center in Portland, Ore. The treatment is one-and-a-half to three times more effective than current osteoporosis drugs in rebuilding bone density at the lumbar spine, according to clinical trial results McClung and his colleagues reported in the Jan.1 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. "Most osteoporosis drugs work by stopping the progression of bone loss, but they don't have the capability of rebuilding the skeleton," McClung said. "This really is a new day ... Read more

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Ladies, Take 5 Steps to Avoid Osteoporosis

Posted 18 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 18 – As the population ages, experts expect the number of women with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis to surge. "Osteoporosis is a serious threat to women's health – worldwide one in three women over the age of 50 will suffer a broken bone due to osteoporosis," John Kanis, president of the International Osteoporosis Foundation, said in a foundation news release. "Yet too many women are unaware of their increased risk after menopause and fail to take preventive measures." Once they reach menopause, women's risk for osteoporosis increases as bone loss accelerates and bones weaken. Women older than 45 spend more time in the hospital because of osteoporosis than any other chronic disease, including diabetes, heart attack or breast cancer, according to the news release. Fractures because of osteoporosis often lead to immobility, diminished quality of life and early ... Read more

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No Sign That Vitamin D Supplements Help Aging Bones: Study

Posted 11 Oct 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 10 – Taking vitamin D supplements does not prevent the bone weakening of osteoporosis in healthy adults, a new review finds. Nearly half of people aged 50 and older use vitamin D supplements, but these findings suggest that there is no need for healthy adults to take these supplements to combat osteoporosis. Instead, the use of these supplements should be focused only on people who are likely to be vitamin D deficient, the New Zealand researchers said. One expert in the United States agreed with that advice. "The review supports previous studies that found that vitamin D alone is not preventative in healthy adults," said Victoria Richards, an assistant professor of medical sciences at the Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. "From this study, consumers may no longer feel the need to continue purchasing vitamin D supplements for the ... Read more

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