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The World in Medicine
October 14, 1998

Fewer Fractures

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JAMA. 1998;280(14):1216. doi:10.1001/jama.280.14.1216-JWM80007-3-1

Several studies presented last month at the European Congress on Osteoporosis in Berlin, Germany, offered good news for the prevention of hip and spinal fractures in postmenopausal women and those with osteoporosis.

New results from a second phase of the US-based Fracture Intervention Trial that included 4432 women with thinning bones showed that the drug alendronate can reduce the risk of hip fractures by 56% in women who have never suffered a spinal fracture. The drug also was shown to reduce the risk of an initial spinal fracture by 49%.

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