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Don't Miss Out — Rx Can Strengthen Men's Bones
Androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) for men with prostate cancer might make their bones weak. Fortunately, a common medication can make them strong again — if patients can get a prescription.
Medicines to Prevent Osteoporosis Fractures Were Effective
The risk of broken bones increases with age and is a major cause of disability and death in older people. But some treatments may prevent bone fractures.
Not Everyone Needs A Bone Density Scan
Detection of osteoporosis is important for treating and preventing bone fractures. But when it comes to bone density testing for osteoporosis, more isn’t always better.
Don't Fear the Fracture
Past studies have raised concerns that a type of osteoporosis drug may boost the risk of unusual bone fractures. Now research suggests this risk may be overstated.
Breaking News on Bone Drugs
They're designed to strengthen bones. This class of drugs known as bisphosphorates is also prescribed to cancer patients to treat excessive calcium in the blood. These drugs can actually increase the risks of unusual bone fractures.
FDA Drug Safety Communication: Bisphosphonates and Esophageal Cancer
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is continuing to review data from published studies to evaluate whether use of oral bisphosphonate drugs is associated with an increased risk of cancer of the esophagus (esophageal cancer).
The Truth About Men and Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis, a common bone disease, affects women about 80 percent of the time. This often leads to the mistaken assumption that men aren't affected by the disease.
Dem Bones Gonna Rise Again
It is always nice to report when a drug benefiting one health issue accidentally benefits another! Fosamax, Boniva and Actonel (bisphosphonates), prescribed to increase bone density in osteoporosis patients, appears to extend the lives of patients as well.
Bone Drug Isn't All Bad
According to Australian researchers, taking bisphosphonates (drugs used to improve bone health) may increase the life span of elderly women.