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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 08:00:00

The US Drug Watchdog says, "The Foamax mess involving women taking an osteoporosis drug, and then getting a out of the blue femur break, is so counterintuitive, we don't think most middle aged, or older women would consider it a possibility. It is for this reason we want family members of women, who suffered an out of the blue femur break, to ask if their loved one was using the osteoporosis drug called Fosamax." The group says, "In the instance of Fosamax, we are talking about women, whose...

2012-02-07 15:30:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zimmer Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and SIX: ZMH), a global leader in musculoskeletal health, and ISTO Technologies, Inc., an orthobiologics company focused on developing breakthrough products to regenerate and restore function to damaged cartilage and bone, today announced a Phase III clinical study to evaluate DeNovo® ET Engineered Tissue Graft, an engineered cartilage implant intended to repair cartilage defects in the knee. DeNovo ET Graft is being...

2012-02-06 22:34:18

When William Murphy works with some of the most powerful tools in biology, he thinks about making tools that can fit together. These constructions sound a bit like socket wrenches, which can be assembled to turn a half-inch nut in tight quarters, or to loosen a rusted-tight one-inch bolt using a very persuasive lever. The tools used by Murphy, an associate professor of biomedical engineering and orthopedics and rehabilitation at University of Wisconsin-Madison, however, are proteins, which...

2012-02-06 13:22:08

Successful testing in mice paves the way toward human trials for patients with osteoporosis A research team led by UC Davis Health System scientists has developed a novel technique to enhance bone growth by using a molecule which, when injected into the bloodstream, directs the body's stem cells to travel to the surface of bones. Once these cells are guided to the bone surface by this molecule, the stem cells differentiate into bone-forming cells and synthesize proteins to enhance bone...

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...

2012-01-25 17:35:00

The US Drug Watchdog says, "Its hard to comprehend what it might be like for a middle aged, or older woman, who was taking the Osteoporosis drug called Fosamax, who had an unexplainable broken femur, or thigh bone, and then had to have a surgical procedure, that involved reinforcing the broken femur, or thigh bone with a metal rod; but that is exactly what has happened to many women. We are doing everything possible to identify victims of Fosamax, who have had a broken femur, or thigh bone,...

2012-01-19 08:00:00

The US Drug Watchdog says, "It sounds counterintuitive, that a drug supposedly devised to fight osteoporosis could also be associated with women, who suffered an out of the blue broken femur bone. However, when it comes to the osteoporosis called Fosamax, that is exactly what we are saying. We are also saying we need family members, or loved ones of women, who suffered an out of the blue femur break to ask if the woman was also using the osteoporosis drug called Fosamax." The US Drug Watchdog...

2012-01-04 08:00:00

The US Drug Watchdog says, "We intend to make femur breaks and the osteoporosis drug Fosamax one of our top initiatives in 2012. In the instance of Fosamax, we are talking about women, whose leg simply broke; they did not fall, they did not run into something, their femur, or upper thighbone simply broke. We need to identify every woman in the United States, who had been using, any type of osteoporosis drug, or the osteoporosis drug called Fosamax for at least five years, and then for some...

2011-12-28 08:00:00

The US Drug Watchdog says, "In the instance of Fosamax, we are talking about women, whose leg simply broke. They did not fall, they did not run into something, their femur bone simply broke. We need to identify every woman in the United States, who had been using Fosamax for at least five years, and then for some unexplained reason they suffered a broken femur, or what is called an atypical thigh fracture." The US Drug Watchdog is urging family members, or loved ones of women, who have...