Navigation Links
Criteria Predict Women's 5-Year Risk for Fracture
Date:11/27/2007

11-point model spots those who may need bone-strengthening therapies, experts say

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Scientists have a developed a model to help doctors predict which postmenopausal women are likely to sustain a hip fracture over a five-year period.

The algorithm includes 11 different factors -- such as age and family history -- and applies to postmenopausal women of different ethnic backgrounds.

"Knowing the 5-year risk of fracture will permit patients to make informed choices when balancing ... lifestyle changes against undergoing medical interventions," explained a team led by Dr. John Robbins, of the department of internal medicine at the University of California School of Medicine, in Sacramento.

His group published their findings in the Nov. 28 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Some experts have predicted a coming epidemic of fractures among Americans over the next few decades as the population ages.

In particular, postmenopausal women are vulnerable to fractures resulting from osteoporosis, a degenerative weakening of the bones. About 329,000 hip fractures occur each year in the United States, according to the National Center for Health Statistics

The critical question is how to prevent such debilitating, and possibly fatal, fractures, and how to spot who's most at risk. Treatments that strengthen bone do exist, and might help shield people from fracture.

In devising the new algorithm, Robbins' team looked at data on almost 100,000 women who participated in the U.S. government-sponsored Women's Health Initiative (WHI).

The 11 predictors chosen were validated on 68,132 women and tested in 10,750 women who had undergone dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scans (DXA) to assess bone mass density.

The 11 factors that help predict hip fractures within five years are: age, self-reported health, weight, height, race/ethnicity, self-reported physical activity, history of fracture after age 54, parental history of hip fracture, current smoking, current corticosteroid use and treated diabetes.

The model still needs to be tested in diverse populations, the authors pointed out. And it doesn't identify which women would benefit from which specific prevention measures. "However, we believe [the] 11 readily available clinical variables offer a simple means of stratifying the 5-year risk of hip fracture in postmenopausal women," they concluded.

More information

Find out more on osteoporosis at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.



SOURCE: Journal of the American Medical Association, Nov. 28, 2007


'/>"/>
Copyright©2007 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Researchers estimate about 9 percent of US children age 8 to 15 meet criteria for having ADHD
2. Nations healthcare leaders to announce new NCQA criteria for PCMH Model at healthcare summit
3. Health Care Leaders to Use New National Criteria for Patient-Centered Medical Home
4. New Test Criteria Spots Rheumatoid Arthritis Sooner
5. Waist-to-hip ratio may better predict cardiovascular risk than body mass index
6. UCLA researchers identify markers that may predict diabetes in still-healthy people
7. Use of certain lipid measures not more effective in predicting coronary heart disease
8. First biomarker discovered that predicts prostate cancer outcome
9. Brain Lesions Predict MS Progression
10. ZIP codes and property values predict obesity rates
11. Work Time Predicts Sleep Time
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Criteria Predict Women's 5-Year Risk for Fracture
(Date:6/25/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... First ... United States, named Dr. Sesan Ogunleye, as the Medical Director of its new Mesquite-Samuell ... facility Medical Director of our new Mesquite location,” said Dr. James M. Muzzarelli, Executive ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Dr. Calvin Johnson has ... he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for treating his patients. The ... first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances that orthopaedic surgeons use ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... , ... Conventional wisdom preaches the benefits of moderation, whether it’s a matter ... bar too high can result in disappointment, perhaps even self-loathing. However, those who set ... , Research from PsychTests.com reveals that behind the tendency to set low ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Those who have experienced traumatic events may suffer from a complex set of ... or alcohol abuse, as a coping mechanism. To avoid this pain and suffering, Serenity ... event. , Trauma sufferers tend to feel a range of emotions, from depression, guilt, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Marcy was in a crisis. Her ... would lash out at his family verbally and physically. , “When something upset him, he ... he would use it. He would throw rocks at my other children and say he ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- In a startling report released today, National Safety Council ... comprehensive, proven plan to eliminate prescription opioid overdoses. Prescription ... are tackling the worst drug crisis in recorded U.S. history, assigned ... Kentucky , New Mexico , ... 28 failing states, three – Michigan , ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... Research and Markets has announced the addition of the ... to 2022" report to their offering. ... financial data derived from varied research sources to present unique ... on the market during the next five years, including a ... markets, regional and country level analysis. The report provides a ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... DUBLIN , June 23, 2016 ... "Key Pharma News Issue 52" report to their offering. ... need in influenza treatment creates a favourable commercial environment for ... and growing patient base that will serve to drive considerable ... flu vaccine would serve to cap sales considerably, but development ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: