Posts Tagged ‘bone density’

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June 3rd, 2011

Podcast 123: Calcium’s benefits seem to peak out at about 800 mg daily

On the basis of evidence from a Swedish cohort, calcium intakes much above that country’s recommended 800 mg daily don’t have added protective value against fracture and osteoporosis. The authors of this BMJ paper suggest we’d be better off making sure those at the low end of the calcium-intake spectrum get their 800 mg, rather than […]


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 […]


June 29th, 2009

Podcast 47: Total knee arthroplasty’s cost-effectiveness — a conversation with Elena Losina

Who knew that discussing QALYs could be so enjoyable? Dr. Elena Losina guides the interviewer through the thicket of cost-effectiveness and points to resources that keep track of the cost-effectiveness of most procedures. This is all done in the context of discussing her paper in Archives of Internal Medicine on total knee arthroplasty. This week’s […]


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