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Cow's Milk Allergy in Childhood May Lead to Weaker Bones: Study

Posted 8 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2016 – Children who are allergic to cow's milk may have weaker bones than kids with other food allergies, a small study suggests. Cow's milk allergy is the most common childhood food allergy in the United States, affecting up to 3 percent of children, the researchers said. The main treatment is elimination of cow's milk and dairy products – which are major sources of the calcium kids need to build strong bones. This new study detected low bone density in 6 percent of 52 children with a long-term milk allergy. "Prepubertal children with persistent cow's milk allergy have a lower bone mineral density and calcium intake compared with similarly aged children with food allergies other than cow's milk," said study co-author Genevieve Mailhot. She is an associate professor at the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center at the University of Montreal. The study findings don't ... Read more

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Could ADHD Drugs Lower Kids' Bone Density?

Posted 1 Apr 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, April 1, 2016 – Commonly prescribed drugs to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may affect bone density, a new study says. Researchers found that young people who take stimulants such as methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) and Adderall have lower bone density than their peers. This could have serious consequences later in life, the study suggests. "Adolescence and young adulthood are critically important times for accruing peak bone mass – the largest and densest bone," said the study's lead investigator, Dr. Alexis Feuer, a pediatric endocrinologist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. "Failure to obtain adequate bone mass by early adulthood may result in an increased fracture risk or even the development of osteoporosis later in adulthood." Using data from the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers examined the effects of ... Read more

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Serious Illness Affects Bone Health

Posted 12 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 11, 2015 – A critical illness can lead to bone loss, a new study finds. The research included 66 seniors who spent at least 24 hours on a breathing machine in an intensive care unit (ICU). One year after their ICU stay, the patients had 1.6 percent less bone density in their lower spines and 1.2 percent less bone density in their thigh bones than would be expected. This bone loss may increase their risk of fractures, according to study author Neil Orford, ICU director at University Hospital Geelong in Australia, and colleagues. The researchers said critical illness may accelerate bone resorption. This is a process that occurs when bone is broken down, and calcium and other minerals are released into the bloodstream. A year after an ICU stay, the patients' resorption had returned to normal, but they were left with lower bone density, the study showed. The impact of this ... Read more

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Breast Cancer Drugs Battle Disease's Return

Posted 9 Dec 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 9, 2015 – A pair of drugs already on the market appear to reduce the recurrence of breast cancer in women who've already undergone treatment, two new clinical trials show. The chemotherapy drug capecitabine (Afinitor) seems to reduce by nearly a third the risk of breast cancer recurrence if women receive the drug following surgery to remove their cancer, researchers were to report Wednesday at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. In addition, an osteoporosis medication called denosumab appears to reduce recurrence risk by 18 percent in women who have HR-positive breast cancer, a second study reports. Denosumab (Xgeva) is usually given to women undergoing breast cancer treatment because hormone therapy for their disease can make their bones brittle, explained lead researcher Dr. Michael Gnant, a professor of surgery at the Medical University of Vienna in ... Read more

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Added Calcium May Not Help Older Bones: Studies

Posted 29 Sep 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 29, 2015 – Extra calcium may not protect your aging bones after all. New Zealand researchers who analyzed more than 100 previous investigations say guidelines advising seniors to consume at least 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium a day are misplaced. No proof was found that boosting calcium intake beyond normal dietary levels strengthens older bones or prevents fractures, said researcher Dr. Mark Bolland. "We've gathered all the clinical studies of calcium supplements and dietary calcium intake for both bone density and fractures," said Bolland, an associate professor in the department of medicine at the University of Auckland. "Taken together, we think this is the strongest possible evidence that taking calcium supplements will not be beneficial unless there are clear medical reasons that a calcium supplement is needed," he said. Moreover, excess calcium ... Read more

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Growth Hormone May Lower Odds of Fractures in Older Women

Posted 27 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 – Older women with osteoporosis could get lasting benefits from a few years on growth hormone, a new, small trial suggests. Researchers found that when women with the bone-thinning disease took growth hormone for three years, their fracture risk was still reduced seven years later. Before entering the study, 56 percent of the women had suffered a bone break; over the 10-year study period, 28 percent sustained a fracture. But the study, reported online Aug. 27 in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, only involved 55 women who used growth hormone. And experts said it is unlikely to become an approved treatment for osteoporosis any time soon. Still, the results are "pretty exciting," since they show a sustained effect on women's fracture risk, said Dr. Jerome Tolbert, an endocrinologist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. "Osteoporosis is a ... Read more

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1 in 4 Senior Women in U.S. Has Osteoporosis: CDC

Posted 13 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Aug. 13, 2015 – The weakening bones of osteoporosis greatly raise a person's odds for dangerous fractures, and a new report finds that one-quarter of all American women aged 65 or older suffer from the condition. Close to 6 percent of men in this age group also have osteoporosis, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts weren't surprised, and said more must be done to test for and treat the loss of bone density that often comes with age. Osteoporosis and its precursor condition – osteopenia (low bone mass) – "is not just a problem for the 80-year-old individual, but starts to become an issue for many adults in their 50s and 60s," said Dr. Saad Chaudhary, a spine surgeon at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. In the study, Anne Looker and Steven Frenk, of the CDC's Division of Health and Nutrition Examination ... Read more

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Vitamin D Supplements Won't Strengthen Older Women's Bones: Study

Posted 3 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 3, 2015 – High doses of vitamin D do not appear to protect postmenopausal women from the dangers of osteoporosis, new research indicates. "While high-dose vitamin D did indeed increase calcium absorption, the increase was only 1 percent and [it] did not translate into gains in spine, hip or total body bone mineral density," said study author Dr. Karen Hansen. In fact, Hansen, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison, noted that she and her colleagues "did not find any benefit of vitamin D, in either high or low dose, on muscle mass, two tests of muscle fitness or fall [risk]." The team reported the results online Aug. 3 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Postmenopausal women face a greater than average risk for developing osteoporosis, according to the U.S. National Institute of Arthritis and ... Read more

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Targeted Workouts May Strengthen Men's Bones in Middle Age

Posted 30 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 – Certain types of exercise improve bone health in middle-aged men with low bone mass and may lower their risk for osteoporosis, according to a small new study. Men naturally lose bone mass as they age, which can put them at risk for osteoporosis, a condition that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break. About 16 million American men have low bone mass, and nearly 2 million have osteoporosis. The new study included 38 healthy, physically active middle-aged men with low bone mass who followed a weight-lifting or jumping program for a year. In both exercise regimens, the men did 60 to 120 minutes of targeted workouts a week. The men also took calcium and vitamin D supplements. Their bone health was assessed at the start of the study and again at six and 12 months. Both groups had significant increases in the bone mass of the whole body and lumbar spine ... Read more

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For Women, No Link Between Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis

Posted 28 Jul 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 28, 2015 – Kidney or bladder stones do not increase a postmenopausal woman's risk of osteoporosis, a new study finds. "We know in men that if you have a kidney stone, you are more likely to have osteoporosis," said corresponding author Dr. Laura Carbone, chief of rheumatology at the Medical College of Georgia, in Augusta. "We were trying to find out if that is also the case for women. We found that, unlike what has been reported in men, a woman having a kidney stone is not a risk factor for osteoporosis," she explained in a college news release. "However, having one urinary tract stone does put women at increased risk for a second stone," Carbone added. In this study, researchers analyzed data from about 150,000 postmenopausal women in the U.S. National Institutes of Health's Women's Health Initiative study. While there was no link between kidney/bladder stones and ... Read more

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Health Tip: Get Enough Vitamin D

Posted 30 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium and build stronger bones. To ensure that you're getting enough, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises: Get some sun, but avoid sunburn. The body naturally converts sunlight into vitamin D. Eat vitamin D-fortified foods, such as milk, cereals, and some forms of orange juice and cheese. Eat naturally vitamin D-rich foods, such as fatty fish, mushrooms, cheese, beef liver and egg yolks. Take a vitamin D supplement. Discuss with your doctor whether this is a good idea. Read more

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Strong Bones After 50? Women May Not Need Next Test Until 65

Posted 9 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 – A postmenopausal woman who is 50 and still shows "normal" readings on her bone density test may not need her next such test for 10 or even 15 years, a new study finds. However, researchers led by Dr. Margaret Gourlay of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stressed that younger women who do show signs of bone loss are at high risk for a major fracture, and do require regular testing. The study involved almost 4,100 postmenopausal American women between the ages of 50 and 64 who took part in the ongoing Women's Health Initiative study. All of the women had undergone a bone mineral density test to assess their risk for fractures and osteoporosis. The women were not taking hormones, calcium or vitamin D supplements. They also had never had a broken bone, the team said. The results: Among women whose tests showed no signs of osteoporosis, it took nearly ... Read more

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Too Many Women Who Need Bone Screening Aren't Getting It

Posted 25 May 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, May 25, 2015 – Too few women at high risk for osteoporosis are being tested for the bone-depleting condition, while too many women at low-risk are being screened, a new study suggests. A team led by Dr. Anna Lee Amarnath of the University of California, Davis, examined the medical records of nearly 51,000 women, aged 40 to 85, living in the Sacramento area. The researchers looked at whether or not women were getting a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) test, which measures bone mineral density. The result: Osteoporosis screening rates jumped sharply at age 50, despite guidelines suggesting that screening only begin at age 65, unless a woman has certain risk factors. However, the study also found that those risk factors – a small body frame, a history of fractures, or taking medications that could thin bones – had only a slight effect on a woman's decision to get her bones ... Read more

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Men Should Be Screened for Osteoporosis, Too

Posted 15 May 2015 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 15, 2015 – Men are far less likely than women to be screened for osteoporosis, even though they are more likely to suffer worse consequences from the bone-thinning condition, a new study finds. Up to 2 million American men have osteoporosis, and another 8 million to 13 million men have low bone density, a precursor to osteoporosis, the researchers said. While most women in the study said they would accept osteoporosis screening if it was offered, only 25 percent of men said they would get screened. Women were also over four times more likely than men to take measures to prevent osteoporosis, such as taking calcium and vitamin D supplements to strengthen their bones. "We were surprised at how big a difference we found between men and women regarding osteoporosis," study author Dr. Irina Dashkova, a geriatric fellow at North Shore-LIJ Health System in New Hyde Park, N.Y., ... Read more

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Little Risk of Vitamin D Toxicity, Study Says

Posted 6 May 2015 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2015 – The risk for developing vitamin D toxicity is rare, researchers have found. With vitamin D supplementation on the rise, investigators set out to assess the odds of developing dangerously high blood calcium levels. "The evidence is clear that vitamin D toxicity is one of the rarest medical conditions and is typically due to intentional or inadvertent intake of extremely high doses," Dr. Michael Holick wrote in an editorial in the May issue of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Holick, of Boston University School of Medicine, was not involved in the study. Vitamin D is often recommended to improve or protect bone health, and there are indications it may also help prevent cancer, diabetes, and/or heart disease, the researchers noted. Apart from supplements, natural sources of vitamin D include oily fish (mackerel and salmon), fortified milk, and sunlight. The upper ... Read more

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