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- Hip Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Swollen Ankles and/or Swollen Feet
- Joint Cracking (Joint Popping)
- Stiff Neck
- Foot Pain
- Elbow Pain
- Joint Stiffness
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain (Cervicalgia)
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- First Aid Fast Facts
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- Hip Fracture Prevention - Hip Protectors
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- Hip Replacement - Surgeon's Experience
Medications & Supplements
- acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tylenol Arthritis Pain, Tylenol Ext, Little Fevers Children's Fever/Pain)
- raloxifene - oral, Evista
- alendronate 70 mg weekly solution - oral, Fosamax
- alendronate - oral, Fosamax
- alendronate weekly - oral, Fosamax
- alendronate 40 mg - oral, Fosamax
- ketorolac - injection, Toradol
- alendronate, Fosamax, Binosto
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- Forteo (teriparatide)
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- OTC Pain Relievers and Fever Reducers
- Didronel (etidronate)
- estropipate, Ogen
Prevention & Wellness
- Ditch the Throw Rugs, Seniors!
- Teens Keep Building Bone After They Stop Growing: Study
- Teens Who Are Lazy Bones Have Weaker Skeletons: Study
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- Rehab May Not Help After Broken Ankle: Study
- Strong Bones After 50? Women May Not Need Next Test Until 65
- Injuries From High Heels on the Rise
- Surgery Seldom Needed When Older Person Breaks Upper Arm: Study
- Weight Gain or Loss Linked to Fracture Risk in Older Women
- Health Tip: Spot the Signs of a Fractured Thumb
- Health Tip: Take Care of Your Cast
- Scooters Leading Cause of Toy-Linked Injuries in Kids
- Tips for Keeping That Bounce House Safe
- Health Tip: Stay Comfortable in a Cast
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- Health Tip: Help Prevent Bathroom Falls
- Fit Kids May Dodge Fractures in Old Age
- Certain Sleep Aids May Raise Hip Fracture Risk in Nursing Homes: Study
- Healthy Older Women Advised Against Taking Calcium
- Health Tip: What's Behind Your Nosebleed
- Fractures Take High Toll on High School Athletes
- Steroid Injections for Back Pain May Lower Bone Mass
- Health Tip: Limit Swelling While Wearing a Cast
- Obese Children Struggle With Joint Pain: Study
- Men May Benefit From Osteoporosis Drug, Too: Study
- Symptoms of Ankle Fracture
- Back Pain? Steroid Shots May Raise Fracture Risk
- Many Pedestrians Hit By Cars Are Distracted By Mobile Devices
- Child Abuse Injuries Have Risen, Study Finds
- Quitting Drinking May Help Alcoholics' Bone Loss
- 'Magic' Carpet Could Help Shield Elderly From Falls
- Teen Girls Need Bone Health Advice to Stave Off Osteoporosis
- In Short Term, Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn't Raise Fracture Risk
- Cataract Surgery May Help Prevent Hip Fractures
- Health Tip: If You've Broken a Toe
- Higher Doses of Vitamin D Prevent Fractures in Older Women
- Flip-Flops: Your Arch Enemy?
- Muscle Mass Linked to Bone Health in Some Parts of Body
- Young Men Taking HIV Meds May Be at Risk for Bone Loss
- Vitamin D With Calcium May Boost Survival
- Young Kids With Hip, Thigh Fractures Heal Well With Single-Leg Casts
- Vitamin D and Calcium Pills: Task Force Report
- Two-Thirds of Osteo Hip Fractures Occur After 80: U.S. Study
- More Research Points to Long-Term Ills With Bone Drugs
- Dinosaurs May Have Suffered From Arthritis
- Some Sports May Help Protect Men's Bones
- Health Tip: Stress Fracture of the Foot
- Early Menopause Tied to Osteoporosis in 29-Year Study
- Certain Genetic Regions May Be Tied to Osteoporosis
- Experts Offer Advice After Yankee Pitcher's Trampoline Injury
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- Playground Injuries Often More Serious at Home
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- Female Soccer Players May Face Health Problems: Study
- Osteoporosis Medication Linked to Unusual Thigh Fractures
- Breast Cancer Drug May Weaken Bones, Study Finds
- Heart Failure, Osteoporosis Go 'Hand-in-Hand': Researchers
- One 'Silver Lining' to Recession: Fewer Broken Bones?
- New Heart Failure Risks: Fractures and Memory Problems
- Health Tip: Help Prevent a Stress Fracture
- Heartburn Drugs Linked to Hip Fractures in Women
- Hip Fracture Patients Often Have Other Health Problems
- Severe Brain Injury When Young May Have Long-Term Effects
- Are the Benefits of Vitamin D Overhyped?
- Health Tip: At Risk for Hip Fracture?
- Study Questions Use of MRI Before Back-Pain Injections
- Targeted Radiation May Not Be Better for Breast Cancer
- Women Under 50 With RA at Higher Fracture Risk
- Are Acid Reflux Drugs Overused?
- Can Supplements Increase a Woman's Risk of Dying?
- FDA Panel Unclear on Osteoporosis Drug Labels
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- Diabetes Patients May Have Higher Fracture Risk
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- Study: Stomach Acid Drugs Linked to Fracture Risk
- Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs With Fractures
- Some Athletic Girls Risk Stress Fractures
- New Evidence of Fracture Risk From Bone Drugs
- Nitroglycerin May Increase Bone Density
- Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Lower Cancer Risk
- Breast Cancer Survivors May Face Early Hip Fracture Risk
- Snow Shoveling Injures Thousands Each Year
- New Recommendations for Osteoporosis Screening
- Aromatase Inhibitors May Raise Heart Risks
- Osteoporosis Drugs Linked to Rare Fractures
- Low Vitamin D Linked to Heart Failure Deaths
- Study: Calcium May Increase Heart Attack Risk
- More Evidence Links Fractures to Diabetes Drugs
- FDA Panel Splits Over Avandia Ban
- High Testosterone May Raise Heart Disease Risk
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- Osteoporosis Patients Underestimate Fracture Risk
- Only Rare Fractures Linked to Osteoporosis Drugs
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