Hip Fractures, Diabetes Treatments & Respiratory Treatments

Hip Fractures, Diabetes Treatments & Respiratory Treatments

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A new study says more than a quarter of hip fractures in older women could be prevented.

Research in the Lancet finds community screening for osteoporosis would help identify those most at risk so they can be targeted for treatment. 

The screening would include a simple questionnaire and a measurement of bone density.

Treating Diabetes

Doctors say a big problem in treating type 2 diabetes is that a third of patients are not taking their medication. 

A U.K. study finds those who are prescribed the most common drug, metformin, are the least likely to take it. 

Researchers believe that 's because of the side effects, which can include gastrointestinal upset.

Respiratory Infections

People looking for relief from a sore throat may turn to probiotics or xylitol gum rather than antibiotics. 

But a study published by the Canadian Medical Association finds neither of those treatments work.

Even so, doctors say the over-the-counter remedies may help reduce respiratory infections.

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