Twelve years ago, a Boston Globe story raised doubts some Canadian researcher had about bone scans for the diagnosis of osteoporosis. It was a scary story to write. Doctors, some patient advocacy groups, researchers and drug makers were enthusiastic about the new-found ability to measure bone density and the development of bisphosphonates like Fosamax to treat it. Osteoporosis was under-treated, they said. … Continue reading FDA says – Ask yourself, your doc: Should I take drugs for #osteopenia, #osteoporosis or bone loss?
Now that the FDA will require a stronger warning on bone loss drugs, we look back. From The Boston Globe Specialists differ on the value of tests for bone density By Tinker Ready Globe Correspondent 4//25/00 When Winchester gynecologist Robert Shirley does an ultrasound bone scan of a patient's heel, the news he delivers is … Continue reading Perils of predisease: What we already knew about bone loss and osteoporosis drugs
These days, space is dear in newspapers. So, while the today’s Globe story offeres some much needed clarification about the state of osteoporosis treatment, here are a few additional points. The Frax test is an alternative or adjunct to bone density tests. Some say density is only one measure of fragility and fracture risk. (Disclosure: Please note the … Continue reading Beyond the Globe’s story on osteoporosis
Tons of great health reporting in today's Globe, not all of it on the health page. See stories on brain cells, osteoporosis testing, skanky diet pills and vitamin D. BHN takes particular note of the bone scan story and wonders -- Will politics and science ever find common ground? At this point, it is becoming more and … Continue reading Fair pay or bone scam?