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Your patients at risk of osteoporosis have a balance problem: Weighing the benefits of bone-building drugs against the (small) risk of adverse events after long-term use. What's your best counsel in this situation? Experts from Hospital for Special Surgery offer guidance in this brief review.

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Geriatrics

Rising medication use and polypharmacy, along with physiological changes in older patients, greatly increase their risk of medication-related problems and adverse events.

Many older adults have several related medical problems that have various causes and involve many parts of the body, complicating patient care. This week’s photo quiz offers some common geriatric presentations to test your knowledge.

The Food and Drug Administration has advised physicians to discontinue prescribing medications that contain more than 325 mg per dose of acetaminophen, citing risks to the liver.

In this case study, an elderly woman with pain in her left hip had asymptomatic myositis ossificans in the right. She had denied any trauma, which is the usual cause in the elderly.

Why are gout patients seeking treatment from their healthcare providers at three times the rate they were in the later 20th century? Researchers suggest that better disease awareness and an aging population may hold the answers.

ACR2013: A new study from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden suggests that hormone therapy may reduce the risk for ACPA-positive rheumatoid arthritis.

Alzheimer disease prevents this woman from making sense, but she is agitated and groans. When lucid she walks fairly well, but look at her oversized knees. What's the cause?

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