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April 17, 2006

Fosamax Causes Bone Disease

According to LIJ, “ONJ is a condition in which the bone tissue in the jaw fails to heal after minor trauma such as a tooth extraction, causing the bone to be exposed.” The exposure, the doctors said, can eventually lead to infection and fracture and may require long-term antibiotic therapy or surgery to remove the dying bone tissue. (opednews.com)

April 13, 2006

Lawsuits Filed Over Fosamax

Seeger Weiss LLP announces that it is investigating claims against Merck & Co. for Fosamax-related injuries, including reports of osteonecrosis of the jaw. (chron.com)

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February 24, 2006

New Osteoporosis Drug Shows Promise

A new drug for osteoporosis increases bone mineral density and decreases the rate of bone destruction in postmenopausal women.

The study centered on injections of denosumab, which made its administering different from almost every other treatment for osteoporosis. "They show that the drug is very potent," said Dr. Michael Whyte, author of an accompanying editorial and a professor of medicine, pediatrics and genetics at Washington University in St. Louis. "When they administer the denosumab subcutaneously, the bone breakdown parameters plummet very rapidly." (excite.com)

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July 12, 2005

Osteoporosis Can Affect Older Men

Everyone knows that women need to fend off osteoporosis as they age. But what is less well-known is that 30 percent of elderly men who suffer a hip fracture will die within a year of that fracture -- double the rate for older female patients. (HealthDay News)

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April 27, 2005

Calcium Supplements May Not Prevent Fractures

Despite what doctors have long recommended, regularly taking calcium and vitamin D does not prevent fractures in older people who have broken a bone or who have osteoporosis, according to two large studies released yesterday. (New York Times)

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March 02, 2005

Osteoporosis and Celiac Disease

"People suffering from the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis may also be at higher risk of having celiac disease, a condition in which people have a difficult time digesting wheat gluten."

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October 17, 2004

Strontium for Osteoporosis, Osteoporosis in Men

"Strontium ranelate, a new oral medication on the horizon, may reduce spinal, non-spinal, hip and other fractures in older women with osteoporosis, according to research presented this week at the American College of Rheumatology Annual Scientific Meeting in San Antonio, Texas."

"Startling new figures show that osteoporosis, once thought of as a woman's disease, is now showing up in many more men."

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