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Monday 07, Feb 2011

  Bone loss may happen with antiretroviral medications

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Bone loss may happen with antiretroviral medicationsAntiretroviral medications may be adding to that risk of bone loss in individuals with HIV infection when compared to people without HIV.

Results of two small but well-conducted studies demonstrated the emphasis towards concern about the differential effects of antiretrovirals on BMD (bone mineral density), as per Dr. Dolores Shoback.

“I think it’s very provocative. We certainly need more data, and this needs to be confirmed,” Dr. Shoback said at a meeting, which was sponsored by the University of California, San Francisco.

Sunday 06, Jun 2010

  Alendronate less effective than Teriparatide for steroid-induced osteoporosis

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Alendronate less effective than Teriparatide for steroid-induced osteoporosisA recent study has determined that Teriparatide, a synthetic form of the human parathyroid hormone, could be used to effectively treat steroid-induced osteoporosis.

It was found by the involved researchers that osteoporosis patients when treated with teriparatide for a period of 36 months had a greater increase in BMD (bone mineral density) and fewer new vertebral fractures than those treated with alendronate.

The findings of this study were published in an issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Thursday 04, Jun 2009

  Inhaled Corticosteroids – Safe On Bones

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Inhaled Corticosteroids – Safe On BonesIn the research conducted by Jordana Schmier and his colleagues, it was proven that inhaled corticosteroids does not cause bone loss. In their review which included more than 260 studies, it was found out that long-term use of these medications by patients with asthma or COPD was not associated with significant changes in bone mineral density or BMD.

Inhaled corticosteroids or steroids are usually used to treat asthmatics and people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Researchers say these medications are good at reducing inflammation and mucus production in the airways of the lungs. They also make other quick-relief medicines more effective. Researchers also pointed out that there were no clinical findings that directly link inhaled corticosteroids with decrease in bone mineral density.