Monday, December 28, 2009

From NPR: How A Bone Disease Grew To Fit The Prescription (Fosamax)

Interesting read at NPR about Osteoporosis and Fosamax. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to become thinner, more porous and break more easily. It mostly affects elderly women, who can be devastated by a fall that breaks their hip. One in five elderly women who break a hip will die within a year. Osteopenia, it turns out, is a slight thinning of the bones that occurs naturally as women get older and typically doesn't result in disabling bone breaks.

NPR writes: "This is the story of how pills for osteopenia ended up in one person's
medicine cabinet, and in the medicine cabinets of millions of women like her all over the United States.

Read it here.