By: Terry Graedon July 27, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Tai Chi Reduce Your Risk of Falling?

    When an older person falls, the consequences may be devastating. A broken hip, for example, may impair mobility or even put the individual at risk for an early death. But how can you reduce your risk …

    By: Terry Graedon July 24, 2017 1 Comments
    Will Magnesium Help Prevent Broken Bones?

    Keeping bones strong calls for life-long attention. During childhood and adolescence, bones increase in density and strength until early to mid-adulthood. To avoid broken bones in later years, we need…

    By: Terry Graedon February 23, 2017 4 Comments
    Will Testosterone Therapy Strengthen Your Bones?

    Results of the T Trials are just in and provide more information about the pros and cons of testosterone therapy. This treatment for men whose own testosterone levels are low has been controversial. W…

    By: Terry Graedon February 2, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet for Strong Bones?

    Is there a connection between diet and osteoporosis? Women who want to keep their bones strong might wish to follow the best diet, which is an anti-inflammatory diet. What Is the Link Between Diet and…

    By: Joe Graedon January 19, 2017 7 Comments
    Will Antidepressant Medications Increase Your Ri…

    Antidepressants are among the most popular pills in the drugstore. A research letter in JAMA Internal Medicine (Dec. 12, 2016) noted that one in six adults take psychiatric drugs. Antidepressant medic…

    By: Terry Graedon August 25, 2016 11 Comments
    How to Avoid a Fracture by Changing Your Medicin…

    Older people who break a bone are at a significantly greater risk for another fracture. This also increases their chance of premature death, as well as pain, infection, depression and functional decl…

    By: Terry Graedon March 31, 2016 1 Comments
    How to Avoid a Broken Hip with a Mediterranean D…

    One of the most dreaded complications for older women is a broken hip. But there are ways women can lower their risk. A long-running study of about 90,000 women shows that those who follow a Mediterr…

    By: Terry Graedon January 7, 2016 11 Comments
    Boosting Vitamin D Did Not Keep Seniors from Fal…

    Vitamin D is crucial to bone health, but also may be essential for muscle strength. Previous research has indicated that older people with too little vitamin D in their systems are more susceptible to…

    By: Joe Graedon October 8, 2015 6 Comments
    Drinking Tea Helps Protect Bones

    The recent news that calcium and vitamin D supplements don't seem to be effective in preventing osteoporotic fractures has left many people wondering what they can do to keep their bones sound. New re…

    By: Joe Graedon September 24, 2015 3 Comments
    Don’t Fall!

    Just slightly late but always topical, in honor of National Falls Prevention Awareness Day,  September 23, 2015, we offer this by our colleague Bernadette Keefe, MD. Take a Stand to Prevent Falls "O…

    By: Joe Graedon July 23, 2015 3 Comments
    Marijuana Ingredient Helps Bones Heal Faster

    New research in rats suggests that marijuana contains a compound that can help broken bones heal faster. This claim sounds sensational, but Israeli scientists used cannabidiol, a chemical that does n…

    By: Joe Graedon July 2, 2015 4 Comments
    SSRIs for Hot Flashes Raise the Risk of Fracture…

    Commonly prescribed antidepressants called SSRIs are linked to fractures in older women. These drugs have become popular to treat the menopausal symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats. That's becaus…

    By: Joe Graedon June 29, 2015 8 Comments
    Pain Reliever Might Slow Healing from a Bone Fra…

    The old saying, "Familiarity breeds contempt," may have more than a kernel of truth for over-the-counter drugs. Actually, the attitude most Americans hold toward these familiar nonprescription brands …

    By: Joe Graedon March 26, 2015 12 Comments
    How Can Elderly People Avoid Falls?

    A fall can be devastating for an older person. Breaking a hip is associated with a high risk of premature death as a result of complications. Fall Prevention That's why doctors are interested in ways …

    By: Terry Graedon March 7, 2013 1 Comments
    Sleep Aids Linked to Broken Hips

    Sleeping pills should be prescribed only with caution to older people. A case-crossover study of more than 15,000 nursing home residents in the US found that those taking "Z-drugs" as sleep aids were …

    By: Joe Graedon November 29, 2012 2 Comments
    Bounce Houses Pose Risk

    Inflatable play equipment such as bounce houses or moon walks are popular but may be far riskier than parents imagine. What could be more fun than jumping high on a bouncy surface? It sure beats jumpi…

    By: Terry Graedon February 13, 2012 18 Comments
    Hip Fractures Linked to Heartburn Drugs

    Q. I have just read that powerful acid-suppressing drugs are linked to hip fractures. My doctor wants me to stay on Prevacid even though I have expressed my concerns to him. When I told him what I had…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2011 12 Comments
    Broken Thigh on Osteoporosis Treatment

    Q. My sister has been on the osteoporosis drugs Fosamax, Forteo and Reclast during the last ten years. The first of March her leg just gave way and she had a broken femur. She has also had jaw and tee…

    By: Terry Graedon June 2, 2010 1 Comments
    Fractures Linked to Heartburn Drugs

    Several weeks ago there were a number of reports in the Archives of Internal Medicine about the potential dangers of acid-suppressing drugs. Now the FDA has issued a caution to doctors and patients ab…

    By: Terry Graedon May 13, 2010 0 Comments
    Can Vitamin D and Physical Therapy Improve Fract…

    Older people who had suffered a hip fracture were randomly assigned to receive extended or standard physical therapy. They were also given either high-dose or medium-dose vitamin D supplementation. Th…