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Which test should I trust when measuring my body fat?updated: Fri Sep 30 2011 07:23:00

I am a 24-year-old female who is a fitness enthusiast. I have been trying to lose some weight. My weight is 113 pounds ( it was 120 and I lost 7). Recently I got my BMI, lipid profile, cholesterol, etc., tests done and all of them are normal. I have a normal BMI of around 22. However, when I took a body fat test online, it says I have body fat of 38% and I am obese. I am extremely confused, as to which metric to trust and what should be my ideal weight (I have a small frame). Should I be around 100 pounds?

For older women, year following hip fracture can be especially deadly updated: Mon Sep 26 2011 16:33:00

Women age 65 and older who fracture a hip are much more likely to die from any cause during the following year than they would be if they had avoided injury, a new study suggests.

Soy no help for bone loss, hot flashesupdated: Mon Aug 08 2011 17:41:00

Middle-aged women searching for a safe alternative to hormone therapy to prevent bone loss and ease the symptoms of menopause are in for another letdown.

How much vitamin D do I need?updated: Fri Jul 22 2011 08:26:00

I have some 2,000 IU vitamin D capsules that I am about to take. I'm a 60-year-old male, in pretty good health and not overweight or underweight. I'm also active. I've read that 2,000 is the upper limit for daily dosage, and I don't think I need to take that much anyway. The capsules I have cannot be split, so could I use them every other day and be OK? Thank you very much, and have a great week. I appreciate your site and the info.

How much weight is needed to strengthen my bones?updated: Fri Jul 08 2011 08:10:00

I am 39 years old and petite (5 feet and weigh about 94 pounds). My doctor recommended that I work out with weights to increase my bone density, since my small size puts me at greater risk for osteoporosis as I get older.

Drug that treats breast cancer found to prevent it, tooupdated: Sat Jun 04 2011 21:35:00

Doctors and patients have a new tool to prevent breast cancer: A drug that is already approved for the treatment of the disease.

How long does it take to recover from a broken hip?updated: Thu May 26 2011 15:54:00

How long does it take to completely recover from hip fracture? I fell on December 8, then had surgery December 10 and came home from the hospital December 11. I'm doing well -- walking with a cane but still limping.

Skintight 'superhero' space suit aims to fight bone lossupdated: Fri Nov 05 2010 10:01:00

It's probably not great for your image if your astronaut buddies can see your boxer briefs through your stretchy space suit.

Is it possible to lose 15 pounds in one month?updated: Fri Oct 22 2010 10:08:00

I'm 16 years old, 5 feet tall and 125 pounds. I would like to lose 15 pounds in one month. Is this possible?

How much vitamin D should someone over 55 take?updated: Fri Sep 24 2010 14:28:00

How much vitamin D is recommended for those over 55?

Does eating gluten cause eczema?updated: Wed Sep 08 2010 13:28:00

I have suffered from eczema for many years. I changed doctors last year and she thinks that my skin condition may be a result of being allergic to gluten.

Study: No esophageal cancer risk from bone drugsupdated: Wed Aug 11 2010 11:56:00

Popular bone drugs taken by millions of older people to prevent osteoporosis do not appear to raise the risk of cancer in the esophagus, as some doctors and patients have feared.

Calcium supplements may boost heart attack riskupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 09:45:00

The millions of people who take calcium supplements to strengthen aging bones and ward off osteoporosis may be putting themselves at increased risk of a heart attack, a new study has found.

Calcium pills linked to heart riskupdated: Fri Jul 30 2010 09:45:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports on a study suggesting calcium supplements can increase heart attack risks.

Injectable osteoporosis drug approved by FDAupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 19:47:00

Primary-care doctors now have a new--and potentially more convenient--tool to fight the bone disease osteoporosis.

Should middle-age guys who rarely drink milk take calcium?updated: Fri May 21 2010 08:38:00

Should middle-age guys who rarely drink milk take a calcium supplement?

Food industry dictates nutrition policyupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 10:11:00

Beyond the unhealthy influence that our demand for factory-farmed meat has in the area of food-borne illness and communicable diseases, we could cite many other influences on public health, most obviously the now-widely recognized relationship between the nation's major killers -- heart disease, No. 1; cancer, No. 2; and stroke, No. 3 -- and meat consumption.

Is there a hyperthyroid treatment for people with iodine allergy?updated: Wed Oct 14 2009 16:54:00

Are there any treatments for hyperthyroidism when the patient is severely allergic to iodine?

Drugs help prevent breast cancer but pose risks tooupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 12:19:00

Women at high risk of breast cancer can often lower that risk by taking medication, including drugs like tamoxifen or the osteoporosis drug raloxifene (Evista).

Fortune: Amgen's DMab scores in trialsupdated: Thu Jul 09 2009 12:46:00

An Amgen trial drug -- called denosumab -- reached a new milestone on July 7 when the biotechnology company announced results from the latest clinical trial of the drug for bone cancer. The trial of more than 2,000 patients showed DMab -- which works to slow bone destruction, a primary concern for people with advanced cancer and the cause of a myriad of complications, including fractures -- delayed the time it took for damage to occur when compared to rival drug Zometa, which is made by Novartis. Amgen has already submitted DMab to the Food and Drug Administration as a treatment for osteoporosis.

What are good options for osteoporosis meds?updated: Wed Jun 10 2009 09:35:00

I am a healthy and fit 55-year-old woman. My bone density test showed that I needed to be supplemented. I cannot take hormones as I had a blood clot, so the doctor prescribed Fosamax. I had awful side effects: muscle pain, joint pain, etc. He has now prescribed Forteo. Is this a good alternative?

What should I consider before having uterus, ovaries removed?updated: Wed Apr 08 2009 09:30:00

I have had painful periods for the past couple of years and have also had ovarian cysts. I had a couple of larger cysts removed about five years ago and was told I had endometriosis at that time. I continue to have pain and now have been told I have a 7 cm cyst on the right ovary. My doctor recommends removing both ovaries and the uterus. I'm just researching the pros and cons. Was wondering if there are any major issues I should be concerned about if I had the uterus and both ovaries removed. I am 42 and do not plan to have children. Given the history of pain and previous cysts, is it a good idea to go ahead and remove everything? Thanks for your time. Melissa

The best way to measure body fatupdated: Thu Feb 12 2009 17:37:00

If your pants feel tighter than usual, you might begin to suspect that you've gained a couple of pounds. But at what point should you begin to worry that the weight gain is serious? Could you be one of the approximately two-thirds of American adults who are either overweight or obese, with an increased risk for conditions like diabetes and heart disease? While no single measurement is perfect, here are a few ways to size yourself up.

Fosamax may increase risk of irregular heartbeatupdated: Mon Dec 22 2008 12:52:00

Women who have used the bone-building drug Fosamax are nearly twice as likely to develop the most common kind of chronically irregular heartbeat as those who have never used it. Patients, especially those with family history of heart problems, should talk to their doctor about whether the drug is the appropriate option for them. The study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine in April 2008.

How astronauts stay fit, on and off the planetupdated: Tue Nov 18 2008 09:19:00

Being in space is like being Superman every day, says Clay Anderson, a NASA astronaut from Omaha, Nebraska. At the international space station, where he spent five months last year, he flew to breakfast, work and the bathroom. Menopause Drug Reduces Multiple Symptomsupdated: Thu Sep 25 2008 16:00:00

An experimental menopause treatment drugmaker Wyeth is developing reduced hot flashes, trouble sleeping and other symptoms

Paid to stay in bedupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 11:07:00

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta meets a man paid to spend 84 days on bed rest as part of a NASA study.

NASA bone-loss test sends man to bed for 84 daysupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 11:07:00

Doctors working with NASA scientists believe that they may have a way to combat one of the greatest health dangers of space travel: bone loss.

Stay wise about weight as you ageupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 14:27:00

As we age we grow, not only in wisdom, (one hopes) but also in size (one hopes not!).

Wise weightupdated: Fri Aug 22 2008 14:27:00

The passage of time doesn't mean your weight has to advance too. CNN's Judy Fortin reports.

X-Rays, sunshine: Could radiation be hurting your health?updated: Tue Jun 03 2008 09:22:00

When Sheri Diehl, a Chicago-area flight attendant, got -- and finally stayed --pregnant after four miscarriages in the 1990s, she contacted her supervisor and asked to stop flying immediately. Her biggest worry? Radiation. She knew the airplane's shell didn't protect her from the sun's rays at high altitude. Diehl and her fellow flight attendants had long wondered -- Could there be unknown health risks for frequent fliers? -- which now included her baby. "I wasn't taking any chances," she says.

Women, click here for good healthupdated: Fri May 09 2008 10:34:00

Dr. Anne Nedrow gets the e-mails every day -- e-mails from women patients linking to Web sites of dubious quality.

Fad-free advice: Hormones or no, keep drinking milk updated: Tue Apr 15 2008 10:43:00

When Wal-Mart announced last week that its private label milk would be produced exclusively from cows that had been given no artificial growth hormones, it sparked nationwide concern about how milk is produced and how its production may affect your health.

Building strong bones throughout your lifeupdated: Fri Apr 04 2008 09:11:00

The truth: By age 35 your bone strength has usually peaked, and by age 50 your risk of breaking a bone because of osteoporosis may be as high as one in two. But here's an important secret: Experts say smart lifestyle choices-from workouts to the right supplements-can greatly improve your odds of avoiding bone problems. What should you do right now? Just follow this age-specific game plan.

5 good reasons for going on hormonesupdated: Thu Mar 06 2008 09:45:00

Dr. Bernadine Healy can't even count the number of women who've complained to her about how tough it is to make the decision about hormone replacement therapy.

Fortune: Amgen's science doesn't guarantee profitsupdated: Tue Dec 18 2007 05:29:00

Amgen just can't get a break these days.

Want strong bones? Start earlyupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 16:17:00

If you want to stand up tall when you're old, you might want to start when you're young. While osteoporosis, or thinning of bone density, usually hits most women after they have gone through menopause, there are steps they can take in their early years to lessen just how much bone they eventually lose.

Health for her: Bone healthupdated: Fri Nov 16 2007 16:17:00

CNN's Judy Fortin looks at ways women can fight back against osteoporosis.

Decade-by-decade guide to exerciseupdated: Fri Nov 02 2007 14:44:00

If there's a magic pill for staying youthful, it may be one that's hard to swallow: exercise. Daily doses have been proven to thwart a number of aging factors -- stress, obesity, heart disease, diabetes -- and the longer you're physically active, the less you'll notice getting older.

CNNMoney: Merck tops forecastsupdated: Mon Oct 22 2007 09:55:00

Merck posted a 62 percent increase in its third-quarter profit Monday, as the drugmaker's revenues increased by double digits, while lower administration and overhead costs offset more spending on research and development.

Fortune: Lessons from a Big Pharma downfallupdated: Mon Oct 01 2007 16:41:00

Wyeth's recent announcement that chief operating officer Bernard Poussot would be taking over as CEO was abrupt and unceremonious. But the unexpected departure of Bob Essner, who will soon turn 60, signaled the end of an era at the country's fifth-largest pharmaceutical company.

CNNMoney: Study: Osteoporosis drug shows promiseupdated: Tue Sep 18 2007 08:25:00

For the first time, an osteoporosis drug has reduced deaths and prevented new fractures in elderly patients with broken hips, according to new research.

CNNMoney: Lilly wins new FDA approval for Evistaupdated: Fri Sep 14 2007 08:19:00

Drug developer Eli Lilly & Co. said Friday the Food and Drug Administration approved its osteoporosis drug Evista for use in reducing the risk of invasive breast cancer.

Making sense of conflicting nutrition information updated: Fri Aug 24 2007 00:00:00

Like other branches of science, nutrition is constantly evolving. As researchers learn more about vitamins and minerals, for example, dietary advice changes. A Link Between Bones and Obesityupdated: Thu Aug 09 2007 10:00:00

Are you overweight? Diabetic? A new study suggests that maybe your bones are to blame

CNNMoney: Benefits seen in Lilly breast cancer drugupdated: Fri Jul 20 2007 00:44:00

Eli Lilly & Co.'s osteoporosis drug Evista reduces the risk of breast cancer in some patients, but at a cost of an increased risk of serious side effects, regulatory reviewers said in documents released Friday.

CNNMoney: Troubled Amgen's pipeline dreamsupdated: Fri Jul 06 2007 03:21:00

Amgen, king of the biotechs, sits on a shaky throne.

Don't worry so much about scary diseases updated: Thu Jun 14 2007 09:55:00

What's scarier than mad cow disease? Nothing, really -- except illnesses that are 10 billion times more likely to hurt you. Think about it this way: Your risk of getting mad cow is much lower than your odds of winning the Powerball lottery. In short, it's not likely to happen. What could happen? In her lifetime, the average woman has a 1 in 2 chance of developing osteoporosis and a 1 in 3 chance of heart disease.

The benefits of: Walkingupdated: Fri May 11 2007 12:38:00

For many of us the thought of going to the gym makes us sweat -- in fear. Common anxieties include the crowds, the strange machines, the unforgiving exercise clothes and the likelihood of doing the exercises all wrong.

Keep your joints healthy: A complete guide to staying strong updated: Tue Feb 27 2007 10:48:00

About 21 million adults have osteoarthritis -- the wear-and-tear condition that causes achy joints and may eventually lead to can't-get-up-from-the-sofa pain.

Soak up tea's nutritional benefitsupdated: Tue Jan 23 2007 15:10:00

Can you drink your vegetables? We're not talking smoothies here. We're talking tea. It might seem an exaggeration to compare a cup of tea to a serving of veggies, but there are some similarities.

CNNMoney: House passes Medicare bill, but ...updated: Fri Jan 12 2007 10:54:00

The House passed a Medicare bill Friday that could drive down drug prices and revenues for the nation's big drug companies, but that's assuming the bill gets past President Bush's threatened veto.

CNNMoney: Novartis, Amgen crowd up drug marketupdated: Mon Sep 18 2006 10:38:00

The multi-billion dollar drug industry for degenerative bone disease is getting more congested, with new studies showing the benefits of the Novartis drug Aclasta, and an experimental drug from Amgen on the way.

CNNMoney: Fosamax, Merck's other drug problemupdated: Mon May 08 2006 12:30:00

Merck, already in a long fight against thousands of Vioxx lawsuits, will soon face a two-front war, as plaintiffs begin to file suit over a different drug: Fosamax.

CNNMoney: Eli Lilly hit with $65M damagesupdated: Fri May 05 2006 08:16:00

A federal jury ruled that Eli Lilly & Co. infringed the patent of Ariad Pharmaceuticals with its drugs Evista and Xigris, and ordered the drugmaker to pay the Massachusetts biotech firm $65.2 million, the companies said.

CNNMoney: Wyeth faces thousands of Prempro lawsuitsupdated: Wed Apr 26 2006 14:34:00

Getting sued seems to be the price of doing business for Big Pharma, and Wyeth has once again joined the ranks of the defendants.

This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Apr 20 2006 13:50:00

Unexpected benefit

Charles: U.S. must lead on planet updated: Thu Nov 03 2005 04:36:00

Days after Britain's Prince Charles said the pace of climate change was "terrifying," he told U.S. President George W. Bush that much of the world looks to America for a lead on "the most crucial issues that face our planet."

Money Magazine: What's a Woman to Do? Well...updated: Sat Oct 01 2005 00:01:00


This week in the medical journalsupdated: Thu Aug 11 2005 15:20:00

Smaller tumors, better outcomes

CNNMoney: A bone drug battle ahead?updated: Thu Jun 02 2005 15:42:00

With at least seven competing drugs shouldering in, the multi-billion dollar market for treating elderly bones is getting crowded. There will probably be enough aging baby boomers to go around ... but expect some jostling.

CNNMoney: Pfizer warns of Bextra heart riskupdated: Fri Oct 15 2004 08:14:00

Drug manufacturer Pfizer said Friday that its Bextra drug, seen as an alternative to Merck's Vioxx arthritis medication, may raise heart attack risk in high-risk bypass surgery patients.

CNNMoney: Big mo on Wall St.?updated: Mon Oct 04 2004 05:36:00

Lower oil prices could help keep the positive momentum going when Wall Street begins a new trading week Monday.

Battling menopause with exerciseupdated: Fri May 21 2004 10:00:00

Menopause is a normal part of a woman's life that is brought on by declining levels of estrogen and progesterone, which trigger the end of regular menstrual cycles.

Business 2.0: The Wise Man Knows His Genetic Destiny A simple new DNA test uncovers illness in your future--and gives you time to do somethingupdated: Sat Nov 01 2003 00:01:00

You can't help feeling uncertain. As sure as the sun rises, alarmist morning headlines report illness and disease. Then you breathe that hazy metro air, work to exhaustion, and hear that a friend j...

Fortune: Bone Vivantupdated: Mon Mar 18 2002 00:01:00

"Break a leg" may be good luck in the theater but not when it comes to osteoporosis. The disease causes bones to become more porous, gradually making them brittle--and it causes 1.5 million fractur...

Fortune: Looking for Troubleupdated: Mon Nov 27 2000 00:01:00

Once or twice a week I get a call from a patient who's just heard about a new early-warning test for cancer, heart disease, or some other serious condition and wants to know why my office hasn't ca...

Fortune: Users Say SAM-e Is a Wonder Drug...Are They High?updated: Mon Nov 13 2000 00:01:00

You might be suspicious of a single pill that reportedly helps treat depression, osteoarthritis, liver disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and migraine headaches. You'd be even more s...

Fortune: Pass the Vitameatavegaminupdated: Mon Jul 10 2000 00:01:00

It's 7 A.M., breakfast time. I'll start with Vitamin E and folic acid for my heart, add ginkgo biloba so that I don't forget which pills to take later, and wash them down with St. John's wort so th...

Money Magazine: Herbs And Supplements--What You Need To Know Before You Buyupdated: Sat Apr 01 2000 00:01:00

Not that long ago, taking herbs and supplements other than a multivitamin was decidedly fringy. By 1999, supplements were a $14.7 billion industry, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, and ...

Money Magazine: A DYNAMIC DUO, UP 86% IN A YEAR, NAME FOUR STOCKS TO GAIN 29% IN '96updated: Mon Jan 01 1996 00:01:00

FUND COMPANY PRESIDENT DAVID ALGER is relentlessly optimistic about 1996--and not just because he expects his firm's softball team, the Alger Bulls, to win its fourth straight Staten Island Industr...


HYPED ADVERTISING. INACCURATE LABELS. Useless costly ingredients. And products sold long after they've lost their potency. We're not talking about food supplies peddled on some Third World black ma...

Fortune: MAKING A SPLASH WITH LIQUID BLADESupdated: Mon Aug 21 1995 00:01:00


Fortune: MENOPAUSE AND THE WORKING BOOMER An entire generation is approaching a big change. These women will demand more on-the-job opennupdated: Mon Nov 14 1994 00:01:00

DURING AN ANNUAL industry gathering, the regional manager of a communications giant began to feel warm. The air conditioner must be on the blink, she thought. But then she realized that everyone el...

Fortune: A LOT OF HOOPLA OVER PLAIN OLD CALCIUM The moral of the latest health craze: If your product contains calcium, flaunt it. If it updated: Mon May 26 1986 00:01:00

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE the power of a health fad. Calcium, that mundane mineral, is suddenly glamorous. Companies are touting decades-old products as rich in calcium and rolling out new ones to cash i...

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