Heart Disease - Osteoporosis

A new drug called Raloxifene is effective in preventing osteoporosis.

It also is effective in lowering risk factors for heart disease.

But a new study in The Journal of the American Medical Association shows that hormone therapy in post-menopausal women is more effective than this drug in lowering risk factors for heart disease.

For example, hormone treatment reduced bad cholesterol and increased good cholesterol more than Raloxifene.

Doctors are still looking for the magic bullet which will give the best results in preventing both of these conditions.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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