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  • Long-Term Oral Bisphosphonate Therapy and Fractures in Older Women: The Women's Health Initiative

    Long term use of osteoporosis drugs linked to INCREASED risk of fractures

    Yet another study has appeared showing an increased risk of problems with bisphosphonate drugs for osteoporosis. Bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax and Boniva appear to show a slight reduction in fracture risk in osteoporotic patients in short term use. However prior studies have shown an increased risk of spontaneous femur fractures requiring surgery and also osteonecrosis of the jaw when used for five years. Now a new study from the West Coast has also shown that the risk of fractures actually goes up with use over 10 years compared to use for two years.

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  • Why do humans have braces and other primates don’t?

    Have you ever wondered why so many people need braces, and if they are preventable? As you may know, my wife, Dr Marilyn Hatz DDS, is also my associate at our center, specializing in TMJ disorders. The link below deals with a related problem – why so many humans have crooked teeth where other primates don’t. This truly brilliant and fascinating article linked below gives the apparent reason, what can be done about it, and deals with diet – as do so many of our modern day health problems.

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    I was recently invited to be a speaker by the “National Youth Leadership Forum – Medicine” on the University of Chicago campus for their Orthopaedic section.

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    An interesting article in the May Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery found that those who took opioids (narcotics such as hydrocodone found in norco and Vicodin) had less pain relief after surgery.

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  • The world’s most advanced bionic hand

    A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who was able to grasp objects intuitively and

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