Nov 1, 2006 Issue
NAMS Updates Recommendations on Diagnosis and Management of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women [Practice Guidelines]

The North American Menopause Society (NAMS) has updated its evidence-based guidelines on the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women to address the need for standards of care as they relate to menopause-associated health conditions.

Jan 15, 2006 Issue
Ibandronate (Boniva) for Treatment and Prevention of Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women [STEPS]

Ibandronate is a bisphosphonate that can be taken daily or monthly. The daily dosage has been shown to decrease vertebral fractures in women with osteoporosis and a history of previous vertebral fractures. Neither formulation has been shown to reduce the risk of hip fracture or other nonvertebral fr...

Oct 1, 2004 Issue
Pharmacologic Prevention of Osteoporotic Fractures [Article]

Osteoporosis is characterized by low bone mineral density and a deterioration in the microarchitecture of bone that increases its susceptibility to fracture. The World Health Organization defines osteoporosis as a bone mineral density that is 2.5 standard deviations or more below the reference mean ...

Jun 15, 2004 Issue
Calcium Supplementation in Postmenopausal Women [Cochrane for Clinicians]

Calcium supplementation has a beneficial effect on bone density and may reduce vertebral fractures. It has no clear effect on nonvertebral fractures, although the number of patients studied may be too small to predict this outcome.

Apr 15, 2004 Issue
Teriparatide (Forteo) for Osteoporosis [STEPS]

Teriparatide increases bone density in men and women with osteoporosis and has reduced the risk of new vertebral fractures in high-risk women. Its role in therapy is not clear. Due to its uncertain safety profile, lack of long-term experience, and high cost, it makes sense to reserve teriparatide fo...

Mar 15, 2004 Issue
ACOG Releases Guidelines for Clinical Management of Osteoporosis [Practice Guidelines]

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently issued guidelines for the clinical management of osteoporosis in women, including recommendations for screening, prevention, and treatment.

Jan 1, 2004 Issue
Screening for Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women [Putting Prevention into Practice]

Case study: PK, a 65-year-old black woman, comes to get her annual influenza vaccination. She says she appreciates your recent visit to her mother, who is recovering from surgery following a hip fracture. PK asks if she should be screened for osteoporosis

Jan 1, 2004 Issue
Vertebral Compression Fractures in the Elderly [Article]

Compression fracture of the vertebral body is common, especially in older adults. Vertebral compression fractures usually are caused by osteoporosis, and range from mild to severe. More severe fractures can cause significant pain, leading to inability to perform activities of daily living, and life-...

Apr 1, 2003 Issue
Osteoporosis in Men [Article]

Osteoporosis in men is now recognized as an increasingly important public health issue. About 30 percent of hip fractures occur in men, and one in eight men older than 50 years will have an osteoporotic fracture. Because of their greater peak bone mass, men usually present with hip, vertebral body, ...

Oct 15, 2002 Issue
Screening for Osteoporosis in Postmenopausal Women: Recommendations and Rationale [U.S. Preventive Services Task Force]

This statement summarizes the current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for osteoporosis and the supporting scientific evidence, and updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, Second Edition.

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