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BACKGROUND Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a serious health problem, and additional treatments are needed. METHODS We studied the effects of oral alendronate, an aminobisphosphonate, on bone mineral density and the incidence of fractures and height loss in 994 women with postmenopausal osteoporosis. The women were treated with placebo or alendronate (5 or(More)
BACKGROUND Antiresorptive agents are widely used to treat osteoporosis. We report the results of a multinational randomized, double-blind study, in which postmenopausal women with osteoporosis were treated with alendronate for up to 10 years. METHODS The initial three-year phase of the study compared three daily doses of alendronate with placebo. Women in(More)
BACKGROUND Osteoporosis is a common complication of long-term glucocorticoid therapy for which there is no well-proved preventive or restorative treatment. METHODS We carried out two 48-week, randomized, placebo-controlled studies of two doses of alendronate in 477 men and women, 17 to 83 years of age, who were receiving glucocorticoid therapy. The(More)
The morbidity of osteoporosis is caused by fractures. Vertebral fractures lead to pain and disability and a decrease in quality of life. A Working Party of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis has developed a specific questionnaire for patients with established vertebral osteoporosis. This questionnaire is intended for use in clinical trials. The(More)
We studied a new hereditary syndrome of hypophosphatemic rickets and hypercalciuria in six affected members of one kindred. In all patients, the manifestations of disease began in early childhood. The characteristic features are rickets, short stature, increased renal phosphate clearance (the ratio between the maximal tubular reabsorption rate for(More)
Vertebral fractures may be minor or lead to pain, decreased physical function, immobility, social isolation and depression, which together contribute to quality of life. A Working Party of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis has developed a specific questionnaire for patients with vertebral fractures. This questionnaire, QUALEFFO, includes questions in(More)
Harry K. Genant (Chairman), Cyrus Cooper (Rapporteur), Gyula Poor (Rapporteur), Ian Reid (Rapporteur), George Ehrlich (Editor), J. Kanis (Editor), B. E. Christopher Nordin (Editor), Elizabeth Barrett-Connor, Dennis Black, J.-P. Bonjour, Bess Dawson-Hughes, Pierre D. Delmas, J. Dequeker, Sergio Ragi Eis, Carlo Gennari, Olaf Johnell, C. Conrad Johnston, Jr,(More)
Vertebral fractures may be minor or lead to pain, decreased physical function, immobility, social isolation and depression, which together contribute to quality of life. A Working Party of the European Foundation for Osteoporosis has developed a specfic questionnaire for patients with vertebral fractures. This questionnaire, QUALEFFO, includes questions in(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the continued efficacy and safety of alendronate (ALN) for up to 2 years in patients receiving glucocorticoids. METHODS This is a 12-month extension of a previously completed 1-year trial of daily ALN, performed to evaluate the effects of ALN over a total of 2 years in 66 men and 142 women continuing to receive at least 7.5 mg of(More)
To determine the effects of long-term daily oral alendronate sodium (ALN) on bone mass in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis, 19 centers enrolled 516 postmenopausal women aged 45-80 years with spine bone mineral density (BMD) at least 2.5 SD below the mean for young premenopausal women in a 3-year, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Subjects were(More)