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I know this is the Fourth of July weekend and many of my patients and readers will be busy with family, barbecues and hopefully celebrating the independence of the fabulous country we live in. (And, of course, there are those wonderful sales!). But if you happen to be glancing at this website, I want to…

The CDC, most medical journals, and mainstream media have been covering the disastrous infections caused by the contamination of the steroid that was distributed by a compounding pharmacy in New England. Three potentially contaminated lots of this steroid were used by physicians in epidurals, and joint injections in over 14,000 persons. They have, so far,…

It’s amazing to realize that it was just 10 years ago that the Women’s Health Initiative results were released with extraordinary media brouhaha, causing as many as 70% of women who were taking menopausal hormone therapy (usually Prempro) to cease and desist…and in many instances flush, flash and lose sleep. But with time, additional studies…

I thought I would start the New Year with a somewhat positive article that came out in the journal published by the North American Menopause Society. The journals’ name is appropriately, “Menopause”. Its cover is bright red…  I am not sure if this is meant to make it stand out or if the color represents…

postmenopausal women who had taken an oral bisphosphonates longer than one year had a 59% reduced risk of colorectal cancer

In contrast, for every 10,000 women per year ages 70 to 79, there were 16 extra heart attacks

What’s your bone density? This query is almost as frequent as: What’s your cholesterol level? (Or it should be if you are postmenopausal.) I know that I have written about the need to consider risk factors for fractures due to osteoporosis. A quick reminder, these include being female, older age, lack of estrogen in menopause,…

Let me start with the scary and necessary-to-know statistics: Osteoporosis affects 10 to 12 million people in the US and forty million have low bone density (osteopenia). In 2005, over 2 million fractures were diagnosed. One in three Caucasian women over 50 will experience an osteoporotic fracture in her lifetime. (Whites and Asian women tend…

A major concern for the majority of women in their late 40’s and early 50’s has been whether and when to start hormone therapy. (Note it used to be called hormone replacement therapy, but the experts now agree that this term suggests that the menopause transition is an endocrine deficiency disorder and not a natural…

The terror of osteoporosis has by now, been embedded in our female (and male) psyche. Hip fractures can lead to death and/or permanent disability. Spinal fractures lead to severe pain and loss of physical stature which has helped lead to that demeaning portrayal of aging women as “little old ladies”. There are a plethora of…

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