New Drug Offers a Promising Treatment

Millions of Americans have Osteoporosis and millions more have low bone mass but a new drug offers promising treatment.

A new drug just approved by the FDA called Forteo has shown in short term studies to have increase bone mass by ten percent in three months.

Rheumatologists are calling it a medical breakthrough- reducing the risk of fractures for people with osteoporosis. Patients inject the medicine into their thigh every day. The drug stimulates the growth of new bone.

There has been no longterm study of the drug but short term studies show side effects which can include leg cramps and dizziness. For more information log onto:
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