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It's great to see that The New York Academy of Sciences is holding a seminar on osteonecrosis of the jaw, a painful disease in the teeth and gums that has been linked to bisphosphonate use. While the illness has been especially associated with intravenous bisphosphonates most often used for cancer patients, the widespread use of oral bisphosphonates to combat osteoporosis and osteopenia makes this a relevant issue for the bone loss community as well. The info is at http://www.nyas.org/events/eventDetail.asp?eventID=8739&date=5%2F19%2F2007+8%3A30%3A00+AM and I was particularly glad that it says "all healthcare professionals are urged to attend." It is important to learn all we can about the risks (as well as advantages) of any medication we take, and I hope that this meeting keeps the spotlight on this issue and encourages those researching this rare but dangerous side effect of bisphosphonate medication.
You might be a little concerned to hear snap, crackle and pop in the morning, especially when those noises are not coming from your bowl of Rice Krispies. Instead, those noises might be coming from one, two or three of your joints. Yikes. What do all these gyrations mean? Doctors hear these question all the time but sometimes even we do not know the exact answer and that uncertain seems to make matters worse. So, let me try to clear the air about some of these joint sounds.
A "snap" is classically heard coming from the hip joint - a snapping hip . Usually, this sound represents a tendon snapping across one of the big hip bones. When this motion creates friction and irritation to the soft tissues, that sound can be accompanied by pain. A snapping hip is not a problem unless pain, reduced range of motion or weakness are also presenting as part of the problem. Other joints can also make snapping noises because the interaction between tendons, muscles and bones is not as silent and ...
The consumption of carbonated beverages (noticed I refrained from being specific -- no matter where I travel in this country, folks seem to have slightly different terms for the same thing) has increased hand over fist for the past few decades except for a recent decline. The Center for Science in the Public Interest recently published a report, "Liquid Candy: How Soft Drinks are harming America's Health" , on the impact of soda pop on our diets. When I went to high school, vending machines were in the lunch room area and not that accessible (if they even worked). We definitely could not take it into the classroom like some schools now allow. I am not saying that drinking some soda pop is bad for you, but some people take it into excess. There have been many health issues raised and research completed about the health problems associated with soda pop consumption. Soda pop and obesity and diabetes. Recently, medical researchers have been investiga...
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