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Osteoporosis - Prevention, Diagnosis and Therapy
Felix O. Kolb, MD and Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD

Osteoporosis affects well over 10 million people in the United States alone each year. Eighteen million more are osteopenic - with loss of bone mass but not yet with clinical fracture. In the past osteoporosis was considered to be part of normal aging of women and men, but now it is appreciated to be age and sex independent, and that multiple factors are involved in its initiation and progression.

The NIH convened a panel of 32 experts in 2000 in a Consensus Conference to review the available information and data on osteoporosis and make recommendations for prevention, diagnosis and therapy. ( NIH Consensus Development Panel on Osteoporosis. Prevention, Diagnosis and Therapy Consensus Conference, JAMA 2001;285:785-795.)

Diagnosis and Consequences of Osteoporosis
What is Osteoporosis?
Testing for Osteoporosis
Consequences of Osteoporosis
Risk Factors

Evaluation, Prevention and Therapy of Osteoporosis
Optimal Evaluation and Therapy
Medical Treatment
Exercise-The Second Key to Prevention
The Importance of Good Posture
What are the Directions for the Future

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