Navigation Links
Fewer Bone Screens May Be OK for Some Older Women
Date:10/18/2010

MONDAY, Oct. 18 (HealthDay News) -- Older women may be able to safely avoid getting bone density tests for 10 years if their previous screening scores didn't show signs of problems, a new study suggests.

"If a woman's bone density at age 67 is very good, then she doesn't need to be re-screened in two years or three years, because we're not likely to see much change," study lead author Dr. Margaret L. Gourlay of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, said in a university news release.

"Our study found it would take about 16 years for 10 percent of women in the highest bone density ranges to develop osteoporosis. That was longer than we expected, and it's great news for this group of women," Gourlay added.

In 2002, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force began recommending that women aged 65 and older start routine screening for osteoporosis, but no time interval for screening was established.

In the new study, researchers studied the medical records of 5,035 women aged 67 and older, and found that it took an estimated 16 years for women in low-risk groups -- based on their bone density scores -- to develop osteoporosis, a progressive bone-thinning disease.

On the other hand, the researchers suggested that older women in the lowest bone density range could be screened annually.

Dr. Joan Neuner, an associate professor of medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin who's familiar with the study findings, said in an interview that the recommendations come from a detailed database "from which much of our current knowledge of U.S. fracture risk factors is gained" and is "consistent with some limited prior work."

More information

For more on osteoporosis, try the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

-- Randy Dotinga

SOURCES: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, news release, Oct. 17, 2010; Joan Neuner, M.D., associate professor, medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Heart Surgery Patients Do Fine With Fewer Blood Transfusions: Study
2. When Doctors Admit Mistakes, Fewer Malpractice Suits Result, Study Says
3. Stomach Ulcers Sending Fewer Americans to the Hospital
4. Fewer Excess Pounds May Mean Fewer Hot Flashes
5. Fewer than half of breast cancer patients adhere to hormonal therapy regimen, study finds
6. Fewer Hours for Medical Residents May Backfire
7. Second-line CML drug evokes faster response, fewer side effects, pivotal study finds
8. Different tonsillectomy techniques may result in fewer complications
9. Henry Ford Hospital study: Fewer infections with new heart-pump implant
10. Simple change results in fewer unnecessary imaging exams for patients
11. Fewer Boys Born Following 9/11 Attacks
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Fewer Bone Screens May Be OK for Some Older Women
(Date:10/13/2017)... York, NY (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... influential people in business to advocate for action towards gender equality at their inaugural ... views from around the globe, and reached a social audience of over 3 million. ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The ... the most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book ... have baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... and Agile Software Development, has been awarded a contract by the Center for ... Agreement (BPA) aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile methodologies in a ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... “America On ... Christian identity. “America On The Brink” is the creation of published author, William ... several great-grandchildren. As a WWII veteran, he spent thirty years in the Navy. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Francisco, CA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... Dr. Cheng, are now treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent ... apnea, a serious sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/18/2017)... Sept. 18, 2017 EpiVax, Inc. ... bioinformatics and immune engineering, today announced a ... A (H7N9) vaccine. ... seasonal influenza and presents a challenge for ... exposure to be effective. Using state-of-the-art bioinformatics and ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... and NEW YORK , Sept. 12, 2017 ... performance ratings for global supply chains, has published the first annual edition ... CSR performance of more than 20,400 companies evaluated by EcoVadis, based on ... 2015 and 2016. ... EcoVadis Global CSR Risk & Performance Index ...
(Date:9/12/2017)... FRANCISCO , Sept. 12, 2017  ValGenesis ... Management Solutions (VLMS), is pleased to announce the ... a member of its Board of Directors and ... ValGenesis VLMS enables life science companies to manage ... the use of paper in this process. Furthermore, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: