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October 6th, 2015

Podcast 186: Stop supplementing calcium!

Two analyses in the BMJ show little or no benefit from loading up older patients with calcium — indeed, the bad side effects of doing so (kidney stones and cardiovascular problems, to name two) outweigh the benefits. Our conversation with Dr. Mark Bolland should offer reassurance to clinicians and their patients that a normal diet […]


March 27th, 2010

Podcast 80: Bisphosphonates and atypical hip fractures — how large is the risk?

We talk with three of the academic authors of a New England Journal of Medicine study that pooled data from a few studies in an attempt to examine the possible link between use of bisphosphonates and femoral-shaft fractures. Interview-related links: Physician’s First Watch coverage NEJM paper NEJM editorial FDA statement News-related links: Aspirin ineffective in preventing miscarriage BNP-guided […]


July 2nd, 2009

Podcast 48: A conversation with Les Irwig, which your bone scanner won’t like to hear.

Scanning patients on bisphosphonates within the first 3 years of therapy is just wasted effort, and may even be misleading clinically. That’s what researchers conclude after reanalysis of FIT trial data on some 6500 women taking either alendronate or placebo. Prof. Les Irwig of the University of Sydney talks about his team’s findings and what […]


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