Daily Rounds: Fosamax Fractures; White House Trainer; Praise For 'RomneyCare'; Barney Frank's Pot Prize

Rare Fractures Linked To Drugs For Weak Bones | WBUR & NPR "Orthopedic surgeons and bone specialists have been seeing more unusual fractures among long-term users of bisphosphonate drugs such as Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva and Reclast. There have been conflicting studies about the possible association between long-term use of such drugs and the risk of atypical fractures. The latest and largest study, a Canadian report published last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association,suggests that women who've been on bisphosphonates more than five years have nearly three times higher risk of the unusual fractures than those with only transient exposures to the drugs. (WBUR | 90.9 FM)

White House Trainer Keeps Staff Fit - "The very fit president has sent other White House aides to Cornell McClellan, the trainer, a genial master tormenter who is the secret weapon behind Michelle Obama’s famously toned arms and who has overseen both Obamas’ exercise programs for more than a decade." (

Patrick gives Romney praise he may not want - The Boston Globe "Governor Deval Patrick praised Mitt Romney yesterday for crafting the successful 2006 health care law in Massachusetts, presenting fresh fodder for Romney’s critics as he struggles to explain to GOP presidential primary voters why he authored a law that became a model for President Obama’s national health care overhaul."

Barney’s Frank talk about pot - "U.S. Rep. Barney Frank was honored by pot enthusiasts in Maine Saturday for his advocacy of medical marijuana and an end to the war on weed. The Newton Democrat was the keynote speaker and the recipient of the first-ever Patients’ Choice Award — a glass trophy in the shape of a marijuana leaf. “It’s a fight that’s worth fighting, and it’s a fight that is very winnable. Most American people think it’s sensible, and are for it,” an impassioned Frank told a standing-room only crowd at the first Expo Cannabis in Portland on Saturday, according to a recording of the speech obtained by the Herald." (Boston Herald)

Governors: Medicaid More A Budget Buster Than Ever : NPR "What really makes this Medicaid fight different from ones that have come before is the impact of the health overhaul passed last year, which calls for a huge expansion of Medicaid in 2014 to low-income childless adults. States won't actually be on the hook for most of those costs; all but 10 percent will be paid by the federal government.
But between now and 2014, in order to get that federal money, governors basically can't cut back on most Medicaid eligibility. That makes a lot of them, well, not very happy. (

This program aired on February 28, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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