According to research published online January 1, 2014 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a new drug called romosozumab may offer hope for the treatment of osteoporosis. The drug works by freeing the body’s ability to stimulate bone production by blocking signals that naturally inhibit bone formation. According to
Certain conditions or disorders can develop as we age that impact our quality of life and ability to live independently. Here, we take a look at the most common health problems in elderly people—conditions always worth monitoring.
Osteoarthritis: Sometimes called “wear and tear” arthritis, osteoarthritis is characterized by a loss of
Because your jaw is one of the joints you use most often, dealing with jaw pain can be difficult—it can affect your ability to talk and eat. Often, jaw pain is related to problems with your teeth resulting from an oral health issue or from a habit like teeth-grinding.
In the past two decades, several medications have received FDA approval for the treatment and/or prevention of osteoporosis. With so many choices, which ones are the most effective, and what do we know now about these drugs that we didn’t know 20 years ago?
“We know that using bisphosphonates in the
For women 50 and older, the chances of experiencing a bone fracture are astonishingly high. When should you be tested for bone density?
With up to 54 million Americans suffering from low bone density or osteoporosis, development of a new drug to combat the condition is timely. The new therapy, a dietary supplement that is a special blend of collagen and calcium, called KoACT®, in clinical trials was found superior to calcium and
Bisphosphonate drugs are medications designed to treat osteoporosis by increasing bone density. The first bisphosphonate was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1995. However, ongoing safety reviews have revealed concerns about effects from long-term bisphosphonate use, which have been linked with a small (less than one percent)
Two tests better than one for dense breast tissue
Having a higher breast density makes it more difficult to detect cancer on a mammogram, and women with denser breast tissue are more likely to have larger tumors and a less favorable prognosis than women with breasts that are less dense. A
Bisphosphonates May Prevent Knee Surgery
If you’re a woman with knee osteoarthritis, taking bisphosphonates may help reduce your need for having knee replacement surgery, according to a recent study conducted in the UK. The study found that women who took bisphosphonates were 27 percent less likely to undergo knee replacement surgery
The concerns of osteoporosis for women are well documented, but did you know that men are also at risk for serious fractures due to the condition? Research has shown that 1 in 4 men over the age of 50 will break a bone during his lifetime due to osteoporosis.