A common osteoporosis drug prescribed to prevent bone thinning and bone fractures may cause leg fractures according to two reports presented in March 2010 at a meeting of orthopedic surgeons. Doctors have reported seeing the unusual fractures in some patients on bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax.
Case reports first surfaced about two years ago -- orthopedists reported that women taking osteoporosis drugs called bisphosphonates to prevent broken bones were showing up with rare and serious fractures of their thighbones.
A new formula may help doctors have a better idea how long Alzheimer patients may live, allowing patients and families to better plan for the future according to Gregory A. Jicha, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Kentucky.
The findings were presented at the American Academy of Neurology 62nd Annual Meeting, Toronto, April 10-17, 2010.