Recent Blog Articles

Bone drugs may harm what they're supposed to protect

Updated: September 01, 2006

The bisphosphonate drugs have been linked to death of bone tissue.

Bones may seem solid, the sturdy frame that supports our soft and spongy flesh and insides. But at the cellular level, bone is in constant flux. Cells called osteoclasts chomp away at it, discarding the proteins and minerals they can't use into the bloodstream. (Bone's loss is the body's gain — those proteins and minerals get used elsewhere.) Osteoblasts are the constructive counterforce — think b for builder — the busy cellular masons that work to fill the voids left by osteoclasts.

To continue reading this article, you must log in.

Subscribe to Harvard Health Online for immediate access to health news and information from Harvard Medical School.

  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »

I'd like to receive access to Harvard Health Online for only $4.99 a month.

Sign Me Up

Already a member? Login ».

Disclaimer:

As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content. Please note the date of last review or update on all articles. No content on this site, regardless of date, should ever be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinician.