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Hot topics: “Osteoporosis”

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Q. My wife has been taking three Tums tablets (750 mg) daily for years as a source of calcium. Is this amount safe? She has lost her appetite. A. Your wife is getting 2250 mg of calcium carbonate daily, 40... (Read More)
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Many women are urged to take supplemental calcium to keep their bones strong, especially as they get older. A new study from China suggests that this strategy might backfire. A randomized placebo-controlled double-blind trial provided 800 mg of calcium or... (Read More)
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Women have long been advised to take high doses of supplemental calcium to protect their bones, but a new study from China suggests that this may not be good advice for all. More than 300 women were randomized to receive... (Read More)
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Q. You responded to a 17 year old with osteoporosis, but you did not mention a remedy I find helpful. I have been taking Knox Gelatine in my orange juice for over 20 years to control joint pain. In addition,... (Read More)
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For years women have been told to take high doses of calcium along with some vitamin D to keep their bones strong. The wisdom of this approach has been questioned in recent years. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reviewed... (Read More)
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Q. Almost all women over 50 are told to take calcium supplements to prevent bone loss. Hip fractures, spine fractures and other bone problems can cause a lot of pain and misery, not to mention early death. But now I... (Read More)
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Q. What effect do cortisone shots have on the body? In order to keep playing tennis I have received shots in my hip, knees and shoulders over the last few years. I have read that oral prednisone can lead to... (Read More)
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Q. I have stenosis in my spine, degenerative back disease and arthritis. Some days I can walk for awhile but most of the time walking and normal activities are very painful. I hate steroid shots. The benefit seems short lived... (Read More)
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Q. I am 17 years old and was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis due to anorexia. I am hesitant to start taking a drug for osteoporosis because it seems that it can have bad side effects. Have you heard about any... (Read More)
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HRT for Symptoms Only

The benefits of hormone replacement therapy to prevent chronic diseases do not justify the risks. That is the conclusion the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force drew from a review of major studies. Doctors have been prescribing HRT for decades to... (Read More)
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Joints like shoulders and hips are susceptible to injury as well as arthritis. Conventional medicine usually offers physical therapy or surgery, or most likely both. One doctor who specializes in physical medicine has developed some unorthodox treatments that are often... (Read More)
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The benefits of exercise are well recognized for the heart, but now scientists have evidence that physical activity can also benefit bones. Approximately 1,200 premenopausal women were included in the study that looked at bone mineral density, bone turnover and... (Read More)
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Spanish researchers have found that a Mediterranean diet containing lots of virgin olive oil may be good for bones as well as the heart. For the study, more than 100 older men were randomly assigned to follow a heart-healthy diet... (Read More)
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Q. I was just visiting my mother, who took Fosamax for eight years. About three years ago, she decided to stop it and simply take calcium supplements. She is taking large quantities of calcium (5,000 to 7,000 mg per day)... (Read More)
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The US Preventive Services Task Force has done it again. This panel of medical experts has issued a new guideline that is likely to confuse or annoy many health professionals and consumers. Postmenopausal women are advised that taking calcium and... (Read More)
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Tune in to our radio show on your local public radio station, or sign up for the podcast and listen at your leisure. Here's what it's about: It can be infuriating to follow health advice for years and later learn... (Read More)
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Q. I was prescribed Fosamax for over six years and then switched to Actonel for the past three years, along with extra calcium. My doctor was concerned that I was at risk for osteoporosis. Now my bones are brittle. I... (Read More)
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Is it any wonder that people get frustrated when health advice gets turned upside down? Millions of women swallow several calcium pills daily because they have been told they need more of this mineral to keep their bones strong. Over... (Read More)
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Not content to aggravate urologists and men concerned about prostate cancer, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has now made a recommendation that is likely to rile gynecologists and postmenopausal women. The panel of experts reviewed studies relating to the... (Read More)
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Q. I got my hot flashes under control by using cold-milled ground golden flaxseed. I started with as much as 4 tablespoons per day, adding the ground flaxseed to cereal in the morning and yogurt later in the day. I... (Read More)
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