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Bone Care and Osteoporosis Center Toolkit

Bone Care and Osteoporosis Center Toolkit

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Materials and Resources

Grand Rounds Presentations

May 26, 2011: Internal Medicine Grand Rounds with Kathryn Diemer, MD, Clinical Director, Bone Health Program, Washington University School of Medicine

Diagnosis and Treatment of Osteoporosis: An Update

May 28, 2009: Internal Medicine Grand Rounds with Joseph M. Lane, MD, Attending Orthopedic Surgeon and Medical Director, Metabolic Bone Disease Service, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY.

Effects of Bisphoshonates and Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) on Fracture Healing.  Presentation slides (PPT)

April 30, 2009: Internal Medicine Grand Rounds with Fred K. Viren, MD, Director, Osteoporosis Detection and Treatment Center, Spokane, WA. 

An Endocrinology Perspective: Overview, Work-up and Pharmacological Treatment Recommendations for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Disease.  Presentation slides (PPT) and Bone Attack (handout)

About Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, a chronic progressive disease, is the most common metabolic bone disease in the United States. Osteoporosis can affect almost the entire skeleton and is characterized by low bone mass and microarchitectural deterioration of bone tissue with a consequent increase in bone fragility.

In the United States alone, osteoporosis affects more than 10 million people age 50 years and older. Due to the aging population, that number is expected to reach 14 million by 2020. An additional 30 million Americans have osteopenia, or low bone mass, and are at risk for developing osteoporosis.

The disease often does not become clinically apparent until a fracture occurs. Consequently, many individuals, male and female, experience pain, disability, and diminished quality of life as a result of having osteoporosis. The economic burden of the disease in the United States is considerable and will grow as the population ages.

Prevention and recognition of the secondary causes of osteoporosis are first-line measures to lessen the impact of osteoporosis. In fact, the majority of patients over age 50 who suffer a fracture have osteoporosis or an underlying medical condition that reduces bone strength.