Navigation Links
Global study reveals differences in standard of care for osteoporosis across the world
Date:5/27/2008

Barcelona, Spain, May 25 2008 In a first-of-its-kind study in osteoporosis, one in four women surveyed from Europe, North America, and Australia reported having one or more bone fractures since the age of 45 years. Among women considered to be at high risk for a fracture, only 26% reported use of bone-saving drugs, with use reported significantly less frequently in Europe than in North America and Australia. Identifying important regional differences is just one aim of a landmark observational study, the Global Longitudinal Registry of Osteoporosis in Women (GLOW), which will monitor the health of over 60,000 older women (≥55 yrs) worldwide for 5 years. Baseline results were presented today at the 35th European Symposium on Calcified Tissues.

For women enrolled in GLOW, fractures after the age of 45 were more prevalent in Europe than in the United States, Canada and Australia. For hip fracture specifically, a prior hip fracture was reported more frequently by women in Europe (2.1%) than by women in the United States (1.7%) or in Canada/Australia (1.4%). These potential differences will be further explored in follow-up years of the study.

We need to understand the cause for the regional differences we observe in fracture prevalence, said Dr Robert Lindsay, Professor of Clinical Medicine at Columbia University and GLOW executive committee co-chair. One aim of GLOW is to learn from those countries that are having the greatest success at preventing fractures and to recommend best practices that will improve the bone health and lives of millions of patients around the world.

To be eligible for this multi-national study, a woman had to be aged 55 years or older and had to have visited a primary care physician for any health reason in the two years prior to the study. Since patient recruitment for GLOW was not linked to osteoporosis, the study is meant to provide a view to the bone health and quality of care of typical community-dwelling women in multiple geographies.

In Europe, 51% of GLOW participants reported having a bone density test, a valuable tool for diagnosing osteoporosis. This contrasts to other geographies where testing frequency was reported at 79%. Among women considered to be at high risk of fracture, only 20% of European women were taking a bone medication versus 30% of North American/Australian women.

Despite reliable screening methods and multiple therapeutic options being available, osteoporosis remains largely under-diagnosed and under-treated, said Professor Pierre Delmas, Professor of medicine and rheumatology at University of Lyon, France, and GLOW executive committee co-chair. Without some improvements, the burden of fractures on our families and on our healthcare systems will only grow with the aging population.

Osteoporosis-related fractures are an international public health problem responsible for increased mortality, functional impairment and additional health care costs. , Direct costs of osteoporotic fractures in Europe alone are expected to rise from 31.7 billion in 2000 to 76.7 billion by 2050. In women over 45 years of age, osteoporosis accounts for more days spent in a hospital than diabetes, heart attack or breast cancer.

Hip fractures are the most serious of osteoporosis-related fractures, causing chronic pain, reduced mobility, disability, loss of independence and an increased risk of death.i,ii An estimated 179,000 men and 711,000 women in Europe suffer a hip fracture each year.iii


'/>"/>

Contact: Nicki Barwise
Nicola.Barwise@ketchum.com
44-776-682-8849
Ketchum
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Corbett Selected to Host the Only Midwest Global Awards Judging Competition
2. Tata Consultancy Services to Support Roches Global Capacity Building Initiative
3. Creative Technology Services Enhances its Global Competitiveness with Additional Regulatory Certifications
4. Briefing on a new Web resource to address global drinking water crisis
5. MDS Pharma Services Wins Award for Management of Global Malaria Trial
6. Neusoft Becomes First Global Growth Company Partner of World Economic Forum
7. Resonant Medical Appoints New Vice President of Global Sales
8. Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Present at UBS 2007 Global Life Sciences Conference
9. The era of global aging: GSAs annual meeting to present new research on hot topics in aging
10. MEDEX Global Group & Harvard Medical International Join Forces to Create the Most Comprehensive Health Information Resource for International Travelers
11. Ultrasonix Adds Global Medical Imaging Into Its North American Sales Force
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... , ... An April 24th article on Yahoo! Beauty discusses the case of Jessica ... a weight loss surgery. The woman, declaring “I will not hate my body anymore!” posted ... dramatic weight loss. Dr. Feiz & Associates notes that, while it often refers its patients ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Accreditation Commission for ... Care Association of America (HCAOA). This agreement allows HCAOA members to receive special ... as discounts on Accreditation University (AU) educational resources that help prepare HCAOA members ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... Somnoware, ... of Microsoft(R) Word(TM) Online(TM), which enables sleep physicians to create and edit their ... reporting process and provides a familiar interface that does not require additional training ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) announced ... its outlook as “stable.” At the same time, the ratings agency cautioned that the ... dip below “capital adequacy” thresholds required for its strong rating. , “Horizon is committed ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... GlycoMark, Inc. ... GlycoMark test throughout the Northeast U.S. , GlycoMark is the only clinically ... GlycoMark test provides a clinically proven one- to two-week measure of hyperglycemic excursions, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/20/2017)... , April 20, 2017 NeuroVive ... ("NeuroVive") today announced positive preclinical results demonstrating ... compound for non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), in an ... NV556 has previously shown similar ... model. Today, NeuroVive,s scientists present novel data ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ - CRH Medical Corporation (TSX: CRH) (NYSE MKT: CRHM) ... & Co. Healthcare Investor Conference 2017 at the Sheraton Hotel in ... , Chief Executive Officer of the Company is scheduled to present ... Richard Bear and the Chairman of the Board, Tony ... ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... April 19, 2017 The Mobile X-Ray product segment ... healthy CAGR during the forecast period Mobile X-Ray ... global digital mobile X-Ray devices market, which is estimated to ... expanding at a CAGR of 7% over the forecast period. ... of more than US$ 100 Mn in 2017 over 2016. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: