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Seven Texas Residents Sue Merck Over Fosamax
Seven southeast Texas residents who developed osteonecrosis of the jaw after taking osteoporosis drug Fosamax are suing Merck.

Active Men Have Fewer Fragility Fractures
Men who participate in regular sports and activities get fewer fragility fractures than sedentary men.

Man Gets Hip Replacement on 98th Birthday
A 98 year old man got a hip replacement on his 98th birthday. His great health can probably be attributed to a positive attitude and appreciation for life.

R.J.'s Scoliosis Story
The scoliosis had progressed so rapidly that it could not be stopped, only slowed down a tiny bit. So we went back to the specialist and she said that the only way to correct it would be surgery, and that not even a brace could stop it.

Achy knuckles / numbness in hands
By: Ms. Cannon I am so thankful for this site. My GYN (dr.) has been urging me to try Fosamax for a few years. I resisted because in general I prefer the more "natural" route. After first dose, I woke...

Merck Puts Aside $48 Million to Battle Fosamax Lawsuits
Merck says it has put aside $48 million in defense funds to battle Fosamax lawsuits that will begin going to trial in 2008.

Help, My Bones Hate Me!!!
A reader shares her story of difficulties with osteoporosis, cholesterol, and prescription drug costs.

New Data on Osteoporosis Risk in Older Men
Older men who have had one fracture have a much higher risk of a second fracture, putting their fracture risk on par with the risk older women face.

Antidepressants Increase Fragility Fracture Risk
Antidepressants Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, and Lexapro increase risk of fragility fractures by 2.1 percent.

Osteoporosis Warning Signs
Here is a list of risk factors for osteoporosis from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the National Osteoporosis Foundation: Bone breaks Family history Low dietary calcium and vitamin D Excessive smoking or drinking alcohol Low body weight A...

Your Dentist Could Detect Osteoporosis
Researchers in England have discovered a way to tell their patients if they are suffering from osteoporosis. The new test is cheap, simple, and every dentist can do it. The researchers developed a revolutionary, software-based approach to detecting osteoporosis during...

Dentists Concerned About Jaw Necrosis
Dentists in Indiana are concerned about seeing more cases of jaw necrosis (decaying jaw bone) linked to the use of bisphosphonates. Apparently you don't have to have a dental procedure for it to occur. Some cases of ONJ have appeared...

Osteoporosis Drug Warning
A video warning about the risks of taking osteoporosis drugs.

Can Prozac Prevent Bone Loss and Osteoporosis?
New research suggests that Prozac may prevent bone loss and osteoporosis.

Cola Habit May Lead to Osteoporosis
Drinking diet cola and regular cola reduces bone density and may lead to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis Fracture Risk Formula
Australian researchers have developed a formula for predicting fracture risk in women with osteoporosis.

Bisphosphonates and Skeletal Microdamage
Something your doctor probably doesn't mention when prescribing bisphosphonates such as Fosamax and Boniva is the skeletal microdamage that can occur in your bones during treatment.

Reclast - the Once a Year Bisphosphonate
Reclast, the latest osteoporosis drug that may be coming to market in 2007 will be a once-a-year treatment. Basically, you are given a massive "infusion" in one sitting.

The Fosamax Debate Goes On
Evelyn Pringle has written a great piece on the side effects of Fosamax and the way the debate over what to do about it.

VEPTR Instead of Fusion for Congenital Scoliosis
Congenital scoliosis, a severe and often life-threatening form of scoliosis, is often treated with spinal fusion to prevent it from getting worse, but that causes its own set of problems.

Fosamax and Bisphosphonate Timeline
Many researchers and doctors are calling the jaw problems associated with Fosamax and bisphosphonates "bis-phossy jaw." This didn't just come out of the blue. It turns out there's a long relationship between phosphorus and jaw necrosis.

Watching for Late-onset Scoliosis in Teens
Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, can strike as early as age five but usually shows itself in adolescence. It is more common in girls. Doctors, families, and schools need to watch for it as the child grows.

Second-Hand Smoke May Lead to Osteoporosis
A link has been found between secondhand smoke and osteoporosis.

Bone Loss May Begin Long Before Menopause
MaryFran Sowers, a University of Michigan researcher and professor, says women may begin losing bone mass as early as ten years before the onset of menopause.

High Dose Steroids Cause Osteoporosis
Researchers are looking into the link between high-dose cortisone steroids and osteoporosis.

Sally Field Calls Baby Boomers to Boniva Action
Sally Field is not a paid spokesperson for Boniva. Did you think she was? No, she is simply part of a "campaign" to "raise awareness" about osteoporosis.

FVFG on LH: Avascular Necrosis of the Hip
Star writes about her hip surgeries and the challenges that someone dealing with avascular necrosis of the hip has to live with.

Oral Surgeon Warns of Fosamax Problems
Oral and facial reconstructive surgeon Dr. Gregory Lutcavage speaks out about Fosamax dangers and side effects.

Floyd Landis Wins Despite Osteonecrosis of the Hip
Floyd Landis has amazed everyone by winning the Tour de France despite suffering from osteonecrosis of the hip. Landis sustained a femoral neck fracture of the hip during a car accident in 2003.

Kyphoplasty for Vertebral Compression Fractures
Kyphoplasty is a new technique used in treatment of vertebral compression fractures.

Sally Field, Boniva, and Media Ethics
Gary Schwitzer has called attention to an article in the Oregonian in which Sally Field was allowed to sing the praises of osteoporosis drug Boniva without any kind of disclosure that Roche Therapeutics is paying her to do so.

Osteopenia - Is Treatment Necessary?
If your doctor diagnoses you with osteopenia, is it time to panic? Do you need treatment? Here are a few opinions on the topic.

Fosamax Side Effects
We've talked a lot about the link between Fosamax and jaw osteonecrosis, but what about the other side effects of Fosamax? Bone pain is a common side effect of this drug. What are your side effects?

Hip Fractures in Elderly Don't Have to Lead to Disability
An amazing thing is happening in Australia. The National Health and Medical Research Council has funded the Hip Fracture Intervention Trial, or Hipfit. It is designed to help elderly people recover after hip fractures through strength and balance training.

Dancing Builds Strong Bones
If you want your children to have stong bones as they age, you might want to encourage an interest in dance. A recent study published in Osteoporosis International found that dance training, especially in pre-adolescent children, had overwhelming positive effects...

Osteoporosis in Men
New research shows that men, especially those over 75, are at risk for osteoporosis. Declining levels of estrogen weakens bones and makes them prone to fractures. If you are a man over the age of 70 you might consider having...

Does Fosamax Build the Wrong Kind of Bone?
Perhaps you think that lawyers and are blowing the Fosamax dangers out of proportion just to make a buck or two. Maybe you think that the risk of osteonecrosis of the jaw is so rare that it isn't something you should worry about.

Radiation Therapy Side Effects May Include Bone Damage
Researchers have discovered that a side effect of radiation therapy may be significant bone damage.

The Body Hunters: Drug Companies Find New Guinea Pigs
I was just flipping through the latest issue of Utne reader and came across an article about drug companies going overseas to find cheap human guinea pigs. One example given is Pfizer and their trial of an osteoporosis drug called Oporia (lasofoxifene).

Mastering the Art of Drug Unswallowing
The makers of Actonel lied about study results. One writer shares his frustration with drug company deception.

Causes of Osteonecrosis
Dr. Paul Donahue answers a question about osteonecrosis or bone death. He explains what it is and gives various causes. "The causes of osteonecrosis are many. People with sickle cell disease can get it. So do those who have lupus...

Bone Drugs for Every Aging Woman in the World?
This passage from an article in yesterday's Monterey County Herald brings up the concern that doctors are prescribing bisphosphonates like Fosamax and Boniva to women who don't really need them, putting them needlessly at risk for jaw problems and other...

Dr. Weil on Strontium Ranelate for Osteoporosis
Back in December, a woman who was suffering side effects from Fosamax asked Dr. Weil if strontium ranelate was a good alternative. His response is an interesting read. Here's a brief excerpt. A number of studies have shown that it...

Dr. Peter Gott on Fosamax
Dr. Peter Gott, a well-known doctor, syndicated newspaper columnist and author, is advising his patients not to take Fosamax, Boniva, or Actonel.

Pamela Hines Has Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
Pamela Hines is a 52 year old woman who was taking Fosamax and is suing Merck. She was diagnosed with osteonecrosis of the jaw last year after having a tooth extracted. "For Hines, the aftermath has been devastating. Now unemployed,...

Regrow Teeth and Bones
A tiny ultrasound machine massages gums and stimulates tooth regrowth after being inserted in the patients mouth. "Right now, we plan to use it to fix fractured or diseased teeth, as well as asymmetric jawbones, but it may also help...

Vitamin K For Bone Health
Increased intake of vitamin K, both from diet and supplements, has a significant impact on bone health and “striking” reductions in hip fractions, says a new meta-analysis. (

Bisphosphonate-Associated Jaw Disease
Here is an article that gives the estimated half life of bisphosphonates, and factors unique to the oral cavity that may be linked to early manifestation of osteonecrosis in the mouth. "In order to adequately caution our patients, we need...

Orthodontics and Osteoporosis Drugs
The American Association of Endodontists (AAE) recently issued an official statement on the subject, warning of the risks. AAE President Marc Balson, D.D.S. said, "With this position statement, we hope to ensure the highest quality care and safety for patients...

Cases Against Merck Growing
"Over the last 10 years, tens of millions of people have taken Fosamax believing it would prevent bone deterioration. The drug seemed safe enough at first but in recent years it has been linked to a serious disease that causes...

Concern Growing Over Bone-Rotting Side Effect
Here is another good news story on bisphosphonates for osteoporosis. Apparently when you take them the concentration in the bones begins to build up by the third year. Robert Marx, an oral surgeon who first alerted people to the problem...

Citrus Juice May Strengthen Your Bones
A glass or two of orange, grapefruit or other citrus juice each day may help prevent osteoporosis-linked bone fracture, a new U.S. study in rats concludes. (

Consider the Risks Before Using Bisphosphonates
Women need more information to weigh the possible risks of using bone-bolstering drugs, says Dr. Christine Cook, chairman of obstetrics, gynecology and women's studies at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She hopes that by fall more information from...

Rally With Sally Field and Boniva
Sally Field has joined with Boniva to get the word out about osteoporosis. She was diagnosed last year. The campaign is called Rally with Sally for Bone Health.

Stontium Ranelate and Strontium Citrate
Strontium ranelate is new drug for osteoporosis from Servier Laboratories. New trial results show that the drug stops bone loss and encourages the growth of new reduced fractures in women aged 80 and over by a third. ( Also, here...

Dr. Rosenfeld on Fosamax
Dr. Isadore Rosenfeld has a show on Fox News on Sunday mornings called Ask the Doctor. I usually tape it so I can listen later, and on April 23rd, shortly after the Fosamax lawsuits stories were published, someone asked the...

Osteoporosis Congress Closes
The largest world medical congress devoted specifically to osteoporosis ended in Toronto today, following five days in which nearly 4,000 participants from 98 countries learned of the latest research in this crippling bone disease and clinical strategies to treat patients...

Your Right to Sue
This isn't specifically about bones but I thought it was very pertinent considering the recent lawsuits over Fosamax. Looks like in the future you won't be able to sue if you're injured from taking a prescription drug. "Experts say the...

Stella Poe Wouldn't Have Taken It
Stella Poe is one of dozens of women who took Fosamax and is suing Merck, the maker of Fosamax. She took it for eight years and now has no teeth and no bone in her jaw. "If there was a...

Known Risk Factors for Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
As I mentioned in my blog, (Is It Hot in Here?), I have osteoporosis and a doctor a few years ago got very mad at me when I said for the third time I didn't want to take Fosamax. She...

Your Jaw Bone in a Bucket
In the past month the osteoporosis drug Fosamax has been in the news due to lawsuits that allege it can cause osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Beer Is Good for Your Bones
Researchers have discovered that drinking a pint of beer a day may prevent osteoporosis. Should we enjoy a daily pint to save our bones?

Interview with Joan Rivers on Osteoporosis
An interview with Joan Rivers on her diagnosis with osteoporosis and what she is doing to fight it.

Dem Bones, Dem Bones
An introduction to Got Bones?, a new blog dedicated to a discussion of bone health in both men and women. We dicuss osteoporosis, bone-building drugs, news stories, and more.

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