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Fox News: Women on osteoporosis drugs still need bone density screenings

July 19, 2016 — 

As Fox News reports:

Women with osteoporosis who take drugs to help avoid fractures still need to have their bone density monitored, a Canadian study suggests.

Researchers who studied more than 6,600 women taking osteoporosis drugs found that for nearly one in five, bone mineral density at the hip actually decreased after the women started taking the medication.

The hip “is an excellent site for monitoring bone mineral density because it predicts fractures, can be measured with great reliability making it easier to detect small changes, and is not affected by age-related problems like spinal arthritis,” said lead study author Dr. William Leslie, a radiology researcher at the University of Manitoba.

The findings suggest it may be time for some physicians to rethink their reluctance to get women bone mineral density tests after they start medication, Leslie said.

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