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Brain Injuries in Older Age Could Boost Dementia Risk, Study Finds

October 27, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Oct. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A mild concussion after age 65 might boost your risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests.
Head injuries seem to pose special hazards for seniors compared to those in upper middle age, the researchers said.
“This was surprising and suggests that the older brain may [...]

Osteoporosis Screenings Can Miss More Than Half of Women With High Fracture Risk

October 27, 2014

Current osteoporosis screening guidelines and tools fail to identify many younger postmenopausal women at risk for osteoporosis-related fractures, a new study says

Osteoporosis Drugs Work, But Review Finds No Clear Winner

September 8, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 8, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many osteoporosis drugs cut women’s risk of suffering a bone fracture, though it’s not clear whether any one medication works better than others, a new research review finds.
Reporting Sept. 8 in Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers said that for women with the bone-thinning disease osteoporosis, [...]

More Evidence Ties Some Bone-Building Drugs to Rare Fractures

September 4, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to help prevent fractures may carry a slight risk for unusual breaks in the thigh bone, Swedish researchers report.
For those who took bisphosphonates for four to five years, the so-called “relative risk” was 100 times higher than among people who [...]

Tight Blood Pressure Control Doesn’t Raise Risk of Falls, Study Says

August 20, 2014

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new study found no evidence to support the widely held belief that intensive treatment for high blood pressure increases patients’ risk of falls and broken bones.
Research shows that treating high blood pressure can prevent strokes and other cardiovascular problems, but many doctors fear that tight control of [...]

Bone Drugs Don’t Lower Breast Cancer Risk After All, Study Finds

August 11, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Aug. 11 (HealthDay News) — Drugs known as bisphosphonates, commonly prescribed to treat the bone-weakening disease osteoporosis, don’t appear to reduce the risk of breast cancer as previously thought, new research finds.
“We found that postmenopausal women who took a bisphosphonate for three or four years did not have a decreased risk [...]

Tips for Keeping That Bounce House Safe

June 22, 2014

SUNDAY, June 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Inflatable bounce houses may be fun for kids, but only if they’re used correctly, experts caution.
If certain safety precautions are not followed, injuries can occur. Most often, kids hurt their elbows or other parts of their upper body when they collide with other kids or fall out of [...]

Doctor Shares Tips for Preventing Falls Among Seniors

May 27, 2014

TUESDAY, May 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Numerous factors increase the risk of falls as people age, but there are ways to reduce that risk, a doctor says.
Blood pressure drugs can cause problems such as dizziness when going from sitting or lying down to standing, said Dr. Jason Rice, a primary care internist at Loyola [...]

Osteoporosis Drugs’ Long-Term Use Needs More Research: FDA

May 13, 2014

TUESDAY, May 13, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The long-term risks and benefits of taking bisphosphonates, a class of drugs widely used for osteoporosis, require more research, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Bisphosphonates have been used in the United States since 1995 to treat people with osteoporosis, a condition in which bones become weak [...]

Asthma Linked to Bone Loss in Study

May 8, 2014

People with asthma could be at higher risk of bone loss, new research suggests.


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