Bone Shots Help Prevent Osteoporosis

A new bone drug could help you fight the bone disease osteoporosis, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The drug is called Zometa and right now, it's being used in cancer patients to help avoid calcium from draining in bones.

The difference between Zometa and other osteoporosis drugs lies in the way it's administered, through an intravenous injection.

The study sampled more than 350 postmenopausal women. It found that a dose of Zometa once a year was able to increase bone density better than placebo and gives similar results to other drugs with less side effects.

Further studies will determine whether Zometa will help women who have stopped hormone replacement therapy because of health risk factors.