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Einstein Researchers Find Osteoporosis Drug May Help Women with Kidney Disease

Posted Oct 06 2010 2:47pm

The osteoporosis drug raloxifene may be useful in treating kidney disease in women, suggests a new study led by Michal Melamed, M.D., M.H.S., assistant professor of medicine and epidemiology & population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

Michal Melamed, M.D.According to government statistics, an estimated 23 million American adults over age 20 suffers from chronic kidney disease—more than one out of 10. More than a half-million patients are under treatment for end-stage renal disease. New treatments are urgently needed.

In the study, published in the October 6 online edition of Kidney International, Dr. Melamed and Sharon Silbiger, M.D., professor of clinical medicine and associate chair for undergraduate medical education at Einstein, looked at data from the Multiple Outcomes of Raloxifene Evaluation (MORE) trial, a study of 7,705 post-menopausal women with osteoporosis conducted from 1994 to 1999. The women were randomly assigned to take either 60 or 120 mg of raloxifene (Evista) per day or a placebo, and were given a blood test yearly to assess kidney function.

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