Category Archives: Bone Health

Group recommends screening for vitamin D deficiency

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that “the Endocrine Society recommends that people at risk for vitamin D deficiency be screened to determine their serum levels.”

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Vitamin D linked to fewer stress fractures in girls

Reuters reports that according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, young women and girls consuming high levels of vitamin D were less likely to suffer from stress fractures than women who did not consume … Continue reading

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Update on Vitamin D and calcium supplements for fracture and cancer prevention

Vitamin D and calcium supplementation may lower fracture risk and improve bone health in many individuals, but data regarding its effects on cancer are far from conclusive.

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Women with normal bone density at 65 may safely wait 15 years before retesting

The New York Times reports, “Bone loss and osteoporosis develop so slowly in most women whose bones test normal at age 65 that many can safely wait as long as 15 years before having a second bone density test,” according … Continue reading

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Study finds new hip implants work no better than older models

HealthDay reports that “newer, metal-on-metal implants seem to be no more effective than older implants and may sometimes even be more problematic,” according to a study published in BMJ.

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Vibration platforms do not prevent bone loss in women

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports that according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine, “whole-body vibration machines … fall short in one area: a study of post-menopausal women who used the plates daily for a … Continue reading

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Soda consumption linked to violent behaviors in teens

The Washington Post “Checkup” blog reports, “Teenagers who drink soda are more likely to carry a weapon and act violently, according to new and somewhat shocking research ” published in the journal Injury Prevention.

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CDC: US children not drinking enough low-fat milk

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), children are coming up short when it comes to drinking low-fat milk.

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Soy tablets NOT effective treating menopausal symptoms

Taking soy supplements will NOT ease the symptoms of menopause or protect against bone loss in women, researchers have reported. In fact, among women in the first five years of menopause, taking soy supplements was associated with a higher risk … Continue reading

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Could too much calcium harm your health? Here’s the latest.

Calcium is commonly used to prevent osteoporosis and fractures, but experts are now debating how much calcium is really needed, especially by women.

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CDC: One in four high school students drinks soda daily

According to the results of a nationwide survey of over 11,000 high school students in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, “one in four high school students drink soda every day – a sign … Continue reading

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Could inexpensive heart medicine strengthen bone in women?

Nitrates commonly used for chest pain may also be an inexpensive way to strengthen bone in older women according to a surprising study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Osteoporosis drugs may increase risk for atypical leg fractures. So, why do I say “don’t worry”?

Bisphosphonates are oral medications designed to prevent bone breaks in older women. Name brands include Boniva, Fosamax, and Actonel) . Now there are reports saying these drugs may actually increase the risk of a rare form of leg fractures. The … Continue reading

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