Breast Cancer Survivors Battling Brittle Bones
Breast cancer survivors can have ongoing health challenges after they’ve beaten "The Big C." Many are on medications that block estrogen, the hormone that drives most breast cancers. These medicines also increase the risk of osteoporosis (brittle bones) and increase the risk of fractures.
Step Up Your Exercise for Your Bones
There are many benefits to being physically active. For older women, one of those benefits may run as deep as the bones.
What Could Sodium Mean for the Bones?
As women grow older, they are often at greater risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures. Their diets may also play a part in their risk of bone fracture.
Rx Tag-Team Works Better for Weak Bones
When one medicine doesn't help postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, doctors might recommend another. But if the second doesn't strengthen bones, what happens then? Taking them together might do the trick.
Ladies Not Taking Brittle Bone Rx
Many women haven’t been taking their prescriptions to treat bone loss from their osteoporosis. Money may not have anything to do with the lack of following doctor’s orders.
Smoking is Bad for Bone Health
Osteoporosis is often regarded as a disease of old age. But the path to osteoporosis may start much earlier in life, especially for girls who smoke or show signs of depression.
The Knee Needs of Girls
Women considering a new knee have a choice: a standard knee replacement designed for either gender or a knee that's made just for the ladies.
Hormones Can Be Good - For Joints That Is
Bone density begins to decline when women hit menopause. Along with the risks for osteoporosis for women in this age group, osteoarthritis and pain in the joints can also be a concern.
Extra Vitamins Don't Always Fill the Void
Weaker bones that come with menopause might spur some women to load up on calcium and vitamin D. But supplements might not be enough to protect bones and prevent fractures.
Cancer Surgery Anesthesia and Chronic Pain
Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy (removal of breast) can have pain for years after the surgery. Does the medication given during surgery make a difference?