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.

Aug 15, 2002 Issue
Percutaneous Vertebroplasty: New Treatment for Vertebral Compression Fractures [Article]

Interventional radiologists have been performing image-guided spinal procedures for many years. Percutaneous vertebroplasty is a newer technique in which a medical grade cement is injected though a needle into a painful fractured vertebral body. This stabilizes the fracture, allowing most patients t...

Jul 1, 2002 Issue
NIH Releases Statement on Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis, and Therapy [Practice Guidelines]

Osteoporosis is a disorder of the skeletal system characterized by weakened bone strength, which results in an increased risk of fracture. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a consensus statement on the prevention, diagnosis, and therapy of osteoporosis.

Apr 1, 2002 Issue
Radiologic Bone Assessment in the Evaluation of Osteoporosis [Article]

Osteoporosis affects nearly 28 million elderly Americans. Its major clinical manifestation is fragility fractures of the spine, hip, and distal radius. Low bone mass is the most important risk factor for a fragility fracture. In 1994, the World Health Organization defined osteoporosis on the basis o...

Mar 15, 2001 Issue
Osteoporosis: Part II. Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Treatment [Article]

Family physicians will frequently encounter patients with osteoporosis, a condition that is often asymptomatic until a fracture occurs. Treatment of the fracture can be initiated without further diagnostic testing. Thereafter, treatment of osteoporosis includes (1) prevention of further bone loss th...

Mar 1, 2001 Issue
Osteoporosis: Part I. Evaluation and Assessment [Article]

Osteoporosis afflicts 75 million persons in the United States, Europe and Japan and results in more than 1.3 million fractures annually in the United States. Because osteoporosis is usually asymptomatic until a fracture occurs, family physicians must identify the appropriate timing and methods for s...

May 1, 2000 Issue
Bisphosphonates: Safety and Efficacy in the Treatment and Prevention of Osteoporosis [Article]

Osteoporosis affects more than 28 million Americans. With the advent of accessible and affordable diagnostic studies, awareness and recognition of this disease by patients and clinicians are growing. Osteoporotic fractures of the spine and hip are costly and associated with significant morbidity and...

Jul 01, 1999 Issue
Prevention of Osteoporosis and Fractures [Article]

Osteoporosis and low bone density are associated with a risk of fracture as a result of even minimally traumatic events. The estimated lifetime risk of osteoporotic fracture is as high as 50 percent, especially in white and Asian women. The use of caffeine, tobacco and steroids is associated with a ...

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