National Bone Health Alliance
Strong Bones America


Mon, 2011-10-31

A Reminder on Bone Health

NY Times

Is fear, ignorance or procrastination putting you at risk of a devastating bone fracture? Most of the news about osteoporosis concerns the side effects of current therapies and preventives. But it is important to put these effects in perspective — and to focus on treatment benefits and practical measures that can help to prevent costly and debilitating fractures in fragile bones.

Sun, 2011-10-16

Eye on Bone Health - Volume 1 Issue 1

Read the first issue of Eye on Bone Health for an in-depth look at NBHA, including descriptions of its current projects, members and ways to get involved.

Wed, 2011-09-21

Taking a Break from Osteoporosis Medicines


Bisphosphonates are popular bone-building medicines that prevent and treat osteoporosis. Because these medicines build up in the bone, their benefits can last for several years. That's why you may opt to stop taking them for a few years. Doctors call this a "drug holiday."

Tue, 2011-09-20

Yes, You Are Getting Shorter: Height Loss May Signal Health Risks, Especially for Men; Some Exercises Help

Wall Street Journal

You’re not just getting older. You’re probably getting shorter too. Height loss is a natural part of aging—some people start shrinking slightly as early as 30. Losing too much height too rapidly, however, can signal a high risk for hip fractures, spinal fractures and even heart disease, particularly in men, several recent studies have found.

Mon, 2011-09-19

Passages: Osteoporosis can be a "silent killer"

USA Today

My mother and my maternal grandmother were both crippled by osteoporosis. Nana was an Irish virago who even in her 60s was hauling rocks to build stone walls for her stepped gardens. Still, she developed a widow's hump. My mother swam every day, but like Nana she had no idea that a silent thief was turning her hip bones to powder. When it became too painful for her even to sit and enjoy reading a book, she put her head down and died.

Fri, 2011-09-16

Presentation slides available - ASBMR "Systems Approaches to Secondary Fracture Prevention" Symposium

View slides from this ASBMR session detailing various approaches to secondary fracture prevention conducted around the world.

Fri, 2011-09-09

Stronger Cautions Backed on Bone Drugs for Women

NY Times

Two advisory panels to the Food and Drug Administration on Friday recommended increasing the cautionary language on the product labels of bone-building drugs taken by more than five million women in the United States. But they stopped short of specifying what the safety warnings should say and did not recommend limiting use of the drugs to a proposed five years. About 11 percent of women 55 and older take the drugs to prevent bone fractures.

Tue, 2011-05-17

Benefits of Osteoporosis Drugs Outweigh a Risk, Study Says

LA Times

Osteoporosis drugs can definitely strengthen bones. However, studies and patient reports over the last four years have uncovered a surprising danger: In some cases, these drugs seem to be breaking bones instead of protecting them. Now a new study from Sweden has helped put that risk of drug-induced breaks into perspective. The study concluded that the drugs, such as Fosamax, Boniva, Actonel, Atelvia and Reclast, caused one broken femur for every 2,000 people who used them for a year.

Fri, 2011-04-01

National Bone Health Alliance Announces the Launch of a New Web Site and PSA Campaign

WASHINGTON, DC (April 1, 2011) — The National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA), a public-private partnership working to improve the overall health and quality of life of all Americans by enhancing their bone health, announced today the launch of a public campaign to raise awareness for the risk factors for osteoporosis and other bone diseases.

Mon, 2011-03-21

New Director Announced for the National Bone Health Alliance

WASHINGTON, DC (March 21, 2011) — The National Bone Health Alliance (NBHA), a public-private partnership working to improve the overall health and quality of life of all Americans by enhancing their bone health, has named David B. Lee, MPA, the new Director of the Alliance effective March 21, 2011.