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Vidyya Medical News Service For 08-December-2000:

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A low dose of estrogen was as effective in reducing bone turnover -- with fewer side effects -- as higher doses when given to a group of healthy women 65 years and older, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. This is the first controlled clinical trial to directly compare the effects of different doses of estrogen on bone turnover in older women.

For more information: Low Dose Estrogen Improves Bone Health With Fewer Side Effects In Older Women

More than 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Eighteen million more have lost enough bone to make them more likely to develop this disease. More than 80% of these 28 million are women. One out of two women and one in eight men over age 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture during their lives. White and Asian women are most likely to get osteoporosis. Women who have a family history of the disease, an early menopause, or small body frames are at greatest risk. Read consumer information about osteoporosis in today's Vidyya.

For more information: Information For Patients: Osteoporosis - The Bone Thief

Need a calendar for 2001? The National Institute on Drug Abuse has collaborated with Native experts and organizations across the country to create an inspirational and educational calendar on drug abuse and addiction. Every month features a powerful image, an insightful quote and useful information to help American Indian and Alaska Native parents and elders speak to children about the dangers of drug use. Download and dispurse the calendar from today's issue.

For more information: Walking A Good Path - Calendar For Vidyya Readers

This evidence report details a systematic review summarizing clinical studies of milk thistle in humans. The scientific name for milk thistle is Silybum marianum. It is a member of the aster or daisy family and has been used by ancient physicians and herbalists to treat a range of liver and gallbladder diseases and to protect the liver against a variety of poisons. Two areas are addressed in the report: the effects of milk thistle on liver disease of alcohol, viral, toxin, cholestatic, and primary malignancy etiologies and the clinical adverse effects associated with milk thistle ingestion or contact.

For more information: Alternative Medicine Watch: Milk Thistle - Effects On Liver Disease And Cirrhosis And Clinical Adverse Effects

A new study by researchers at the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Yale and Johns Hopkins universities suggests that when medical trial results are released prior to journal publication, doctors can change their practice dramatically. However, the changes may not be in line with the detailed research results later published in a peer-reviewed journal and may be harmful to some patients.

For more information: Slower Is Better When Releasing The Latest Medical Information

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