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June 19, 2007

Active Men Have Fewer Fragility Fractures

Active men who participate in at least three hours of sports per week have fewer fragility fractures than those who are inactive, according to a new Swedish study.

This finding "is fully concordant with a similar analysis in women," noted Harri Sievänen, Ph.D., and Pekka Kannus, M.D., Ph.D., both of the UKK Institute in Tampere, Finland, in an accompanying editorial.

Active Men Lessen Later Fracture Risk

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January 23, 2007

Antidepressants Increase Fragility Fracture Risk

A study done by researchers at McGill University has shown that daily use of the antidepressants Zoloft, Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, and Lexapro increase risk of fragility fractures by 2.1 percent.

Fragility fractures are fractures that occur with minimal trauma and are often the first sign of osteoporosis.

Our study, which controlled for factors that may affect the reliability of the data, shows that daily SSRI use is associated with a two-fold increase in bone fractures caused by low trauma events,'' said Dr. Brent Richards, lead author of the study, who is a former post-doctoral fellow at the McGill health centre, and is now based at King's College in London, England.

This study is particularly interesting because in recent months it was supposedly found that Prozac may increase bone mass in mice.

Once again, we are presented with conflicting studies. What a surprise!

Anti-depressants linked to increased fracture risk

Posted by Staff at 6:53 PM | Comments (9)


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