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

oblem in other parts of the world. In another study, Leonid Kandel, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem, Israel, looked at improving the diagnosis rate of osteoporosis in post menopausal women, who fracture the distal radius bone, which is located in the lower arm, near the wrist. Dr. Kandel says these fractures are often the first clinical symptom of osteoporosis, yet only 15 to 25 percent of these women are referred for a bone density test by a family physician after the fracture.

"It is important that patients understand the connection between their current problem, the fracture, and the possibility that the underlying cause is osteoporosis." Dr. Kandel also suggests that there should be a stronger connection and better communication between the hospital and the community. He feels this will increase the number of patients who are diagnosed and treated for the disease. Osteoporosis in Women after Distal Radius Fracture Study 475 (http://www3.aaos.org/education/anmeet/anmt2009/podium/podium.cfm?Pevent=475)

Francesco Pegreffi, MD, an orthopaedic surgeon in the Department of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at Cervesi Hospital, Cattolica, Italy, along with Lorena Belletti, MD, and Professor Maria Teresa Mascia, in the Department of Rheumatology, University of Modena, Italy, studied a group of patients, 80 percent women and 20 percent men, who were affected by rheumatoid arthritis and under Vitamin D supplementation. "We wanted to analyze the correlation between a person's age, sex, how long they had rheumatoid arthritis, whether they were taking Vitamin D supplements and whether they had fragility fractures due to osteoporosis," said Dr. Pegreffi.

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