Items Tagged ‘bone density’

November 6, 2018

I Feel Amazing

By RamonaM craftyladyramona

I came down to UCLA because I found out that I had hyperparathyroidism and started researching what it was because I never heard of it before. I learned that surgery wasn’t difficult but tricky so I had to find a specialist for parathyroid surgery. I started looking for someone in the LA area and ran […]

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Tags: blood work, bone density, Dr. Masha Livhits, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrinology, hyperparathyroidism, MRI, nuclear scan, parathyroid surgery, patient stories, UCLA Endocrine Center, ultrasound


Ask the Doctors - Should I take a bone-building drug for osteoporosis?

October 12, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I take a bone-building drug for osteoporosis?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: I’m 71 and, after a recent bone scan, my doctors are insisting I take a bone-building medication. I couldn’t tolerate Fosomax, so they want me to take Prolia. I’m worried about it, but my mother had severe osteoporosis, so I’m worried about that too. How can I choose what to do? Your worry […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, bisphosphonates, bone density, Boniva, Dr. Robert Ashley, Fosamax, osteoporosis, Prolia, Reclast


Ask the Doctors - How much sunshine do I need for enough vitamin D?

March 23, 2018

Ask the Doctors – How much sunshine do I need for enough vitamin D?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctor: How much sunshine do I need to get my daily dose of vitamin D? And does wearing sunscreen interfere with my body’s production of vitamin D? Dear Reader: These are good questions. The major source of our body’s vitamin D comes from our own production in the skin. This requires the ultraviolet rays […]

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Tags: bone density, diet, Disabled people, Dr. Robert Ashley, kidneys, liver, low vitamin D, melanin, skin cancer, skin pigmentation, sun, sunscreen


January 18, 2018

Found the Right Doctor!

By Jen gatchi2

I live in Las Vegas. My endocrinologist there told me my calcium level was high but said I could either wait and monitor it or have surgery. What I didn’t know as the pros and cons were not really explained is that waiting could make the problem worse. As I didn’t have any symptoms, I […]

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Tags: bone density, calcium level, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrine, endocrinologist, endocrinology, high calcium levels, osteoporosis, patient stories, surgery, UCLA Endocrinology


January 5, 2018

I’m So Glad I Didn’t Wait Any Longer

By Jules julesdmiller

During a routine physical in 2007, my doctor noticed something around my thyroid region and recommended that I begin monitoring it with an endocrinologist. At my endocrinologist, I received an Ultrasound where by chance, he discovered that I had an enlarged parathyroid gland. Through a blood test, I found out that my blood Calcium levels […]

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Tags: blood calcium levels, blood test, bone density, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrine surgeon, endocrinologist, enlarged parathyroid gland, exercise, kidney stones, osteoporosis, patient stories, pre-op


What space-traveling mice could mean for people with osteoporosis

July 11, 2017

What space-traveling mice could mean for people with osteoporosis

By Tiare Dunlap tdunlap

Early in the morning of July 3, 2017, 20 intrepid mice returned to Earth from the International Space Station aboard SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off Baja, California. This landing marked the completion of a 28-hour journey back to Earth – and the first time live rodents have returned to the […]

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Tags: bone density, Bone mass, experimental drug trial, international space station, nasa, osteoporosis, research, space, stem cells, UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center


October 3, 2016

Post Parathyroid Surgery, “I Feel Magnificent”

By juliedavies1 juliedavies1

As someone totally averse to surgery based on experiences decades ago, I delayed surgery as long as possible by monitoring my condition for nearly two years before agreeing to parathyroid surgery. I was diagnosed before Christmas 2014, but I did not want to hurry into surgery. I spent as much money monitoring my condition and […]

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Tags: bone density, Dr. Michael Yeh, endocrine, general anesthesia, parathyroid, parathyroid surgery, patient stories, surgery


For some osteoporosis, bone-loss drugs may be worse than nothing

April 22, 2016

For some osteoporosis, bone-loss drugs may be worse than nothing

By uclahealth uclahealth

  For more than two decades, bisphosphonates, better known via television ads as Fosamax and Boniva, have been the go-to prescription drug for people with osteoporosis. The drugs are supposed to strengthen bone and reduce fracture risk in people post-50. But for one leading cause of the bone-loss disease, a condition called hyperparathyroidism, it turns […]

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Tags: bisphosphonates, bone density, Boniva, Dr. Michael Yeh, Fosamax, hyperparathyroidism, minimally invasive surgery, osteopenia, osteoporosis, overactive glands, parathyroid glands, parathyroid surgery