Navigation Links
New IOF report explains importance of FRAX in osteoporosis management
Date:10/19/2009

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) will issue a new 16-page report on FRAX to mark World Osteoporosis Day on October 20, 2009. The report is available at http://www.iofbonehealth.org/publications/frax.html

FRAX, or 'WHO Fracture Risk Assessment Tool', is a free online tool developed by the World Health Organization at http://www.shef.ac.uk/FRAX/. The tool helps clinicians to better identify women and men in need of intervention (at highest risk of fragility fractures) and thereby to improve the allocation of limited healthcare resources. FRAX utilizes several known clinical risk factors rather than BMD alone to calculate a patient's 10-year fracture probability, thus making it particularly useful in regions where DXA technology is scarce or not available.

As a disease, osteoporosis is often neglected. Yet, paradoxically, it so common that, in many regions of the world, one in three women and one in five men over the age of fifty suffer fragility fractures that occur as a result of osteoporosis. These fractures can have a devastating impact on individuals, and represent an enormous socio-economic burden to health care systems and society as a whole. IOF President John Kanis said, "In issuing this new easy-to-read report, IOF hopes to bring understanding of FRAX to a broad audience of health professionals so that more people at risk of debilitating fractures are identified and treated before these fractures occur."

FRAX currently receives nearly 60,000 hits per day, with numbers increasing as it is expanded to include more country-specific calculation tools. Now in web version 3.0, it is available in six different languages and for 18 different countries. The latest country models include Argentina, Belgium, Finland, Hong Kong (China), Lebanon and New Zealand.

The tool is also being continually upgraded and enhanced for greater efficiency and ease-of-use in clinical practice. For example, following the recent link between the UK calculation tool and the UK national guidelines website (http://www.shef.ac.uk/NOGG/), the US model now also integrates an accompanying statement from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (USA), based on their 2009 Clinician's Guide. Furthermore, manufacturers of DXA scanners will soon integrate FRAX into their operational software, combining BMD measurements with the calculation of absolute 10-year fracture probabilities.

Dr. Eugene McCloskey of the University of Sheffield and author of the IOF report, says, "I encourage clinicians to make FRAX a part of their clinical assessment of patients. With timely treatment and advice, fractures and their serious repercussions can be prevented."


'/>"/>

Contact: L.Misteli
news@iofbonehealth.org
41-229-940-100
International Osteoporosis Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Virginia Restaurants Urged to Go Completely Smoke-Free After Major Report Finds Smoke-Free Laws Prevent Heart Attacks
2. Reportlinker Adds Global Managed Health Care Services Industry
3. Herley Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results
4. SOKO Fitness & Spa Group Reports Quarterly Earnings Growth Over Fiscal 2009 First Quarter
5. BioMed Realty Trust to Report 2009 Third Quarter Results
6. Institute of Medicine Report Concludes Smoke-Free Laws Prevent Heart Attacks; Its Time to Make All Workplaces and Public Places Smoke-Free
7. Managing Myeloma Website Announces Fellow Scholarship Program to Attend and Report on Annual American Society of Hematology in New Orleans
8. The National Association for Home Care & Hospice Announces the Completion of The BlackBerry Report - a Comprehensive Study on Technology and Home Care
9. Leading Southern California Physicians Report Patient Fears About Complexities of Flu Season
10. Cardium Reports Positive Data From Matrix Phase 2b Study of Excellarate(TM) Topical Gel for Non-Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers and Plans for Phase 3 Program
11. Users of Gene-Eden, a Natural Antiviral, Report less Sleeping Problems in a Recent Study
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery services, can now turn to ... Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , Dr. Dorsey brings specialization to ... fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey was under the direction of ...
(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:6/24/2016)... ... ... June 19, 2016 is World Sickle Cell Observance Day. In an effort to ... treatments, Serenity Recovery Center of Marne, Michigan, has issued a pain management ... (SCD) is a disorder of the red blood cells, which can cause episodes of ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of ... Cancer Society and the Road To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and ... other adults to ensure the highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Puradigm® & Innovative ... has initiated cultivation and processing operations at its production facility, and opened its ... Puradigm is the manufacturer of a complete system of proactive air and surface ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/26/2016)... 2016 Jazz Pharmaceuticals plc (Nasdaq: ... Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended ("HSR"), ... Inc. ("Celator"; Nasdaq: CPXX ) expired effective ... As previously announced on May 31, 2016, ... agreement under which Jazz Pharmaceuticals has commenced a tender ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... 2016 Story Highlights: ... within the health care industry is causing providers to ... , Deloitte offers a suite of solutions for health ... efficient cost optimization: labor resource analysis, revenue cycle optimization ... better outcomes and better economics ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016  Collagen Matrix, Inc., ... development and manufacturing of collagen and mineral based ... today that Bill Messer has joined ... to further leverage the growing portfolio of oral ... Bill joins the Collagen Matrix executive ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: