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Osteoporosis Drugs May Increase Risk of Rare Fractures

February 22nd, 2011

From Time Magazine:

In a trial involving nearly 4,300 women, all of whom used bisphosphonates during the study period between 2002 and 2008, those who took the drugs for more than five years were more than twice as likely as those using the medications for a shorter period to develop fractures in the thigh bone. Breaks in this bone, say the study authors, are relatively rare, and usually only occur after a trauma such as a car accident or other violent injury. The shaft of the thigh bone is normally protected from osteoporotic decay, which tends to occur more frequently in the smaller part of the bone closer to the hip joint, as well as in the more delicate architecture of the wrist and spine.

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