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Staying One Step Ahead of Osteoporosis
Date:2/26/2009

New studies show key steps to preventing bone loss focus on early screening and treatment

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Facts about osteoporosis are staggering. 75 million baby boomers are approaching the age where the disease is tightening its grip on their bones. Osteoporosis (http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00232) also contributes to an estimated 1.5 million bone fractures in the United States annually. According to new information presented today at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) (http://www.aaos.org/), new steps to manage bone health and increase communication, will significantly help reduce the rate of fractures and increase the quality of life for the aging population.

"Decreasing the rate of hip fractures saves lives, prevents loss of function, and decreases costs," said Tad Funahashi, MD, regional chief of orthopedic surgery and assistant area medical director for Kaiser Permanente Southern California, and clinical professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of California Irvine's College of Medicine. "If we screen for osteoporosis at the earliest onset of the disease," said Dr. Funahashi, "we can implement treatment and help to decrease the rate of hip fractures by 45 percent." Hip Fractures and Osteoporosis Study 474 (http://www3.aaos.org/education/anmeet/anmt2009/podium/podium.cfm?Pevent=474)

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