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By Megan Brooks NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Antifracture medications do not reduce overall mortality in older patients with osteoporosis, according to an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. "This meta-analysis suggests that drug treatments, including treatment with bisphosphonates, for…
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Researchers recently concluded that there is a higher level of underdiagnosis and undertreatment of osteoporosis and related fractures among older adults covered by Medicare. “Due to an increasing aging population, the number of Americans at risk of fractures is projected to increase by 33% by…
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By Reuters Staff NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older men are far less likely than older women to undergo screening and treatment for osteoporosis, according to results from one Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The Endocrine Society, the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the International…
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A coalition of more than 40 US and international bone health experts, health care professional organizations, and patient advocacy organizations have released their recommendations for the treatment of osteoporosis and prevention of secondary fractures in patients who have already sustained a hip…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The use of osteoporosis medication after hip fracture, recommended by most guidelines, is associated with a reduction in subsequent nonvertebral fractures, according to a database study. "Osteoporotic fractures remain a major public health burden," Dr…
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By Will Boggs MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Patients with Crohn's disease (CD) develop similar rates of osteoporosis, osteopenia, and normal bone density whether or not they are treated with TNF-alpha inhibitors, researchers report. Numerous studies have documented a high incidence of vitamin D…
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By Cheryl Platzman Weinstock (Reuters Health) - High-intensity resistance and impact training (HiRIT) may improve bone and muscle strength in select postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, according to a small study in Australia. Some researchers and clinicians specializing in bone health caution…
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The American College of Physicians (ACP) has just issued clinical guidelines for treating low bone density or osteoporosis to prevent fractures in older men and woman (Annals of Internal Medicine. 2017; doi:10.7326/M15-1361). These clinical guidelines provide updates to the 2008 ACP…
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By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - When older women fracture a hip, they usually don’t get bone density tests, a recent U.S. study suggests. Catherine Gillespie of the AARP Public Policy Research Institute and George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and colleagues examined insurance…
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By Shereen Lehman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Research from Spain confirms that senior women are three times more likely than their male peers to fracture a hip but also finds risk factors differ for men and women. Illiteracy and depression increase the risks of fracture for senior women, while…
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