SUNNYVALE, Calif., Oct. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Kyphon Inc. (Nasdaq: KYPH) today announced that it is supporting the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) and the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education (FORE) to raise awareness about osteoporosis and spinal fracture risk during World Osteoporosis Day on Saturday, October 20, 2007.
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To raise awareness of ways to maintain healthy bones and fight bone fracture, Kyphon is supporting the IOF on its year-long campaign "Beat the Break: Know and Reduce Your Osteoporosis Risk" that will launch on World Osteoporosis Day. Kyphon is spearheading a program to raise up to $10,000 to support osteoporosis awareness. For each unique click to http://www.kyphon.com/us/WOD, Kyphon will donate $1 to the IOF.
"Kyphon is proud to be supporting the International Osteoporosis Foundation's 'Beat the Break' campaign," said Richard Mott, president and chief executive officer of Kyphon. "Since 1998, Kyphon's balloon kyphoplasty procedure has been used to treat some 340,000 patients worldwide with spinal fractures primarily caused by osteoporosis. Through our support of the IOF and other organizations, we hope to bring about early detection of spinal fractures caused by this disease so that patients can receive appropriate treatment."
As part of its local community efforts to raise awareness of osteoporosis, Kyphon is funding free bone density scanning at a Bone Fair on Saturday, October 20, 2007 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time at the Events Center at St. Mary's Cathedral, 1111 Gough St., San Francisco. The fair is sponsored by American Bone Health, in partnership with FORE and the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to the free bone density scanning, Kyphon representatives will be at the fair offering height measurement because loss of height can be an early indication of spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis. For more information about the event, contact FORE at 888-266-3015.
Kyphon is also supporting local and national awareness campaigns of osteoporosis organizations around the globe such as the Irish Osteoporosis Society (IOS), the Fundacion Hispana de Osteoporosis y Enfermedades Metabolicas (FHOEMO) of Spain, and the Italian Association for Patients with Osteoporosis (AECOS). In addition, Kyphon is offering free osteoporosis patient education posters for physicians' offices in countries across Europe.
Osteoporosis, a term that means "porous bones," is a disease in which bones become weak and can easily break. It is known as "the silent disease" because many of the estimated 75 million women and men in the United States, Europe and Japan who suffer from osteoporosis do not know they are losing bone mass until they experience a spine, hip or wrist fracture. Of the 1.5 million fractures attributable to osteoporosis that occur annually in the U.S., nearly half are spinal fractures, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Kyphon markets medical devices that are used in minimally invasive therapies for the treatment of spinal fractures in order to improve the quality of life of those affected by spinal fractures caused by osteoporosis and cancer.
About Kyphon Inc.
Kyphon develops and markets medical devices designed to restore and preserve spinal function and diagnose the source of low back pain using minimally invasive technologies. The company's products are used in balloon kyphoplasty for the treatment of spinal compression fractures caused by osteoporosis or cancer, in the Functional Anaesthetic Discography(TM) (F.A.D.(TM)) procedure for diagnosing the source of low back pain, and in the Interspinous Process Decompression (IPD(R)) procedure for treating the symptoms of lumbar spinal stenosis. More information about the company and its products can be found at http://www.kyphon.com and its balloon kyphoplasty patient education Web site, http://www.spinalfracture.com.
Kyphon, KyphX and IPD are registered trademarks, and Functional Anaesthetic Discography and F.A.D. are trademarks, of Kyphon Inc.
About the International Osteoporosis Foundation
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is the only worldwide organization dedicated to the fight against osteoporosis. It brings together scientists, physicians, patient societies and corporate partners. Working with its 182 member societies in 88 locations, and other healthcare-related organizations around the world, IOF encourages awareness and prevention, early detection and improved treatment of osteoporosis. IOF's vision is a world without osteoporotic fractures. http://www.iofbonehealth.org
About The Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education
Established in 1990 in Oakland, FORE is a California-based research organization focusing on the needs of the medical community to support osteoporosis detection, treatment and prevention education. http://www.fore.org
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