Boost for bones

21st January 2000 at 00:00
CHILDREN with a rare condition that makes their bones so brittle they break hundreds of times are being given hope. A new drug, pamidronate, being tested in Sheffield children's hospital, could increase bone density by up to 40 per cnt, reducing pain and fractures. About 3,000 people in the UK suffer from osteogenesis imperfecta and 200 children have a severe form.

Reports compiled by Diane Spencer with the help of the National Children's Bureau.


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