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2012-03-21 14:19:11

Incidence of hip fracture in both men and women varies approximately 10-fold around the world An extensive study of country-specific risk of hip fracture and 10-year probability of a major fragility fracture has revealed a remarkably large geographic variation in fracture risk. Even accounting for possible errors or limitations in the source data, there was an astonishing 10-fold variation in hip fracture risk and fracture probability between countries. 'A systematic review of hip...

2012-03-05 08:00:00

On February 8th, 2012 the U.S. FDA issued a warning on drugs called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) — including Prilosec - that might increase the risk of a type of chronic diarrhea and lead to severe intestinal problems and, in rare cases, death. Prilosec is a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) prescribed to treat acid reflux, stomach ulcers and other conditions. Moreover, in May 2010, the FDA announced that the safety labeling for proton pump inhibitors would be updated to include information...

2012-02-10 00:06:31

Hip fracture patients should be screened for cervical myelopathy Hip fractures are a common cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly patients. Cervical myelopathy is a common neurological condition that can diminish balance and coordination. In new research presented today at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), investigators screened 28 hip fracture patients and 35 hip replacement patients (all cognitively healthy) for cervical myelopathy....

2012-02-08 12:33:23

There is growing evidence that supports an association between atypical fractures of the femur— a rare break of the thigh bone, typically without trauma — and the use of bisphosphonates, drugs proven to enhance bone density and reduce fracture incidence caused by osteoporosis. While the risk for suffering an atypical femur fracture while taking bisphosphonates is still very small — just 1 in 1,000 patients after six years of treatment — research presented today at the...

2012-02-08 10:01:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There is growing evidence that supports an association between atypical fractures of the femur - a rare break of the thigh bone, typically without trauma - and the use of bisphosphonates, drugs proven to enhance bone density and reduce fracture incidence caused by osteoporosis. While the risk for suffering an atypical femur fracture while taking bisphosphonates is still very small - just 1 in 1,000 patients after six years of treatment -...

2012-02-07 23:24:50

Preventative efforts may reduce the number of hip fractures Wrist fractures, also called distal radius fractures (DRF), are among the most common osteoporosis-related fractures occurring on average 15 years earlier than hip fractures. As vitamin D deficiency has recently been linked with muscle weakness, increased fall risks, and bone fractures, investigators sought to determine the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency among post menopausal women with DRF. The study, "Hypovitaminosis D in...

2012-02-03 11:47:25

New study shows aggressive screening for osteoporosis may be important for heart failure patients Heart failure is associated with a 30 percent increase in major fractures and also identifies a high-risk population that may benefit from increased screening and treatment for osteoporosis, according to a recent study accepted for publication in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). Osteoporosis and heart failure are common, chronic and costly...

Using Indigestion Drugs Could Bump Up Risk Of A Hip Fracture
2012-02-01 12:32:38

According to a new study, post-menopausal women are 35 percent more likely to suffer a hip fracture if they take indigestion drugs, or "proton pump inhibitors" (PPIs). These drugs are the most common medicines used around the world and are often used to treat heartburn and acid reflex. However, PPIs can inhibit the absorption of calcium, which leads to the increased risk of fractures. Researchers looked at the association between PPIs and hip fractures in just under 80,000...

2012-01-18 19:56:33

Weight loss and malnutrition are the biggest culprits More than 250,000 hip fractures occur every year in the U.S., often resulting in hospitalization, surgery, nursing-home admission, long-term disability, and/or extended periods of rehabilitation. Independent existing medical conditions (otherwise known as comorbidities) significantly increase the treatment cost and length of hospitalization for older adults who have sustained a hip fracture, according to a new study recently published...

2012-01-11 11:58:02

Expert guidance covers areas where evidence is controversial or incomplete All patients with hip fractures should be fast-tracked through hospital emergency departments and operated on within 48 hours of admission, according to new consensus guidelines developed by UK experts in anesthesia, orthopedics, geriatrics and emergency medicine and published in the January issue of Anaesthesia. However, patients in one in five hospitals in England and Wales currently wait longer than two days,...