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Lila de Tantillo

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Lila is a nurse and writer from South Florida. She wrote for HealthCentral as a health professional for Osteoporosis.

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Taking Tamoxifen (Nolvadex)? Why Paxil and Other Antidepressants Could Pose a Problem

Tamoxifen (or nolvadex) is a drug commonly prescribed to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer, but a common side effect of the treatment is hot flashes. As a result, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) - a class of drugs that includes ...

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Osteoporosis Drug Side Effects: What Every Patient Should Know

The latest news linking osteoporosis drug Fosamax - also known by its generic name alendronate - with atrial heart fibrillation in some patients serves as an important reminder: Everything we put in our body can change our body. While prescription me...

Two Options For Vertebral Fractures

Two Options For Vertebral Fractures

The most common location for an osteoporosis-related fracture to occur is the vertebrae. These painful back injuries can occur while engaging in everyday actions, such as bending over or lifting groceries. With very advanced osteoporosis, a sneeze or ...

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Clothes for Osteoporosis Patients

Osteoporosis can impose a number of serious challenges - a fear of fracture, back pain, and handling a treatment regimen and possibly its side effects. For these reasons, the toll the condition takes on one’s visual appearance sometimes takes a back ...

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If You Have Osteopenia, How High is Your Fracture Risk? The FRAX Algorithm

For many who take the diligent step of undergoing a bone densitometry scan to learn about the status of their bone health, the test can provide answers - and more questions. For a T-score greater than -2.5, which is considered a diagnosis of osteopor...

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Osteoporosis and Down's Syndrome

There are many conditions that can increase one’s risk of developing osteoporosis, but those who are caregivers for individuals with Down’s syndrome should be particularly attuned to the possibility of low bone mass for those in their care. A recent ...

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Exercise for Bone Health: Part Three, DO's and DON'Ts

Here are a list of helpful DO’s and DON’Ts recommended by Dr. Michael Hewitt, research director for exercise science and exercise physiology at Canyon Ranch Health Resort in Tucson, Ariz., for those exercising for their bone health: DO consult with a ...

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Alternatives to Forteo

Work continues on alternative ways for osteoporosis patients to use parathyroid hormone to preserve (or even build) bone mass. Bone Medical Limited is developing an oral formulation and testing it in comparison to the daily injection required by Fort...

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Osteoporosis Screening: When Will Insurance Cover DXA?

Most physicians agree that Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, often called DEXA or DXA, is the “gold standard” when it comes to determining your bone density. If you have received a worrisome result from another type of exam, such as a heel or fingert...

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Reclast Once a Year: When to Discuss Reclast (Zoledronic Acid) with Your Doctor

Recently, the FDA approved the use of Reclast (zoledronic) acid for the treatment of osteoporosis. The bisphosphonate medication, known as Reclast, works by interfering with the process of bone breakdown as the drugs Fosamax, Boniva and Actonel do. Z...