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The Bone Zone
Current issues from our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board members
For the past 20 years, we have been fortunate to have bone densitometers that provide a reliable diagnostic test for osteoporosis--- the bone mineral density (BMD) test. This test has led to better identification of people at risk for fracture who can be treated effectively and, on the other hand, to better discriminate people whose risk of fracture is low and who needn’t worry. Recent studies confirm that BMD changes are relatively small... Read more
Bone Mineral Density (BMD) testing is an important diagnostic tool for health care providers to understand one component of bone health. However, it is not the entire story. There are critically important clinical risk factors, as measured by a number of tools including the FORE Fracture Risk Calculator™ (https://riskcalculator.fore.org) that assess the possibility of fracture – the most important consequence of bone loss.
To focus exclusi... Read more
Physicians have identified only 30% of the US residents who have osteoporosis. While these patients have been screened for bone loss and have had the opportunity to be treated, the remaining 70% with osteoporosis are living with the serious threat of hip or spine fracture and possible long-term disability or death.
This is an unacceptable level of medical care that has a simple solution. Women over 65 and men over 70 years are at high risk for o... Read more
Meet our Volunteers
I have always had a passion for public health and patient advocacy. When I came to American Bone Health in 2001 (then it was FORE) I knew it would be a great fit for me.
We have been through many changes since 2001, most notably was our move to being a true volunteer driven, grassroots organization. I am continually inspired by the enormous amount of work and heart given by our volunteers to raise awareness of osteoporosis and fracture prevention and bone health.
One day we will see a wor ...