July 26, 2008 |
Amgen Inc. said its experimental osteoporosis drug denosumab reduced fractures in women with the bone-thinning disease in a study. The trial of 7,800 women with osteoporosis found that denosumab strengthened bones and reduced spinal and hip fractures, the Thousand Oaks-based company said.
July 23, 1987
The Southern California chapter of the Arthritis Foundation has awarded a $60,000 grant to UCLA endocrinologist Theodore Hahn for a study on rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis. Rheumatoid arthritis patients are at high risk at an early age for osteoporosis, a dangerous thinning of the bones, officials said.
May 24, 1999
May is National Osteoporosis Month. Here are some facts about the disease, which is characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue, which leads to bone fragility and an increased susceptibility to hip, spine and wrist fractures. * It's a major public health threat for an estimated 28 million Americans, 80% of whom are women. In the U.S., 10 million people have the disease and 18 million have low bone mass, putting them at risk for osteoporosis.
April 20, 2000 |
The Food and Drug Administration cleared a Beckman Coulter Inc. blood test as an aid in managing osteoporosis and Paget's disease, the Fullerton company said Wednesday. The new Access Ostase test gives physicians and patients a more timely method to evaluate therapy to help prevent or treat osteoporosis, a disease that weakens the bones, and Paget's disease, a crippling bone disorder, the company said. The company's stock closed Wednesday at $63.
October 12, 1995 |
What's new in the treatment of osteoporosis? * Fosamax. Approved last week, Fosamax is the first new drug for osteoporosis in 20 years. The drug, chemically known as alendronate, helps to increase bone density. * Calcitonin nasal spray. The hormone calcitonin, now available as an injectable medication, may soon be approved as a nasal spray. The medication helps slow the rate of bone loss. * Sodium fluoride.
December 16, 2002 |
Imagine going to the doctor's office once a year for treatment of a chronic medical condition. No daily pills. No weekly therapies. Just 30 minutes or so in a clinic. It could happen. A new osteoporosis drug called zoledronic acid has been shown to increase bone mineral density in rates similar to those achieved with medications taken daily or weekly.
September 13, 2010 |
Dozens of drugs can weaken bones. Oral corticosteroids such as prednisone are especially problematic when used for long periods of time. Even inhaled steroids (Advair, Flovent, Symbicort, etc.) may pose problems over time. People with osteoporosis should work closely with a doctor to develop a treatment strategy. I have taken prednisone for years due to an arthritic condition. Because of stomach upset, my doctor has prescribed Nexium to prevent an ulcer. I was recently diagnosed with osteoporosis and wonder what can be done to counteract the bone-damaging effects of my medicine.