What: The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) is hosting its annual Healthy Bones, Build Them for Life: A Free Consumer Forum as the kickoff event to the Interdisciplinary Symposium on Osteoporosis (ISO13). The event will include an interactive panel discussion with nationally recognized bone health experts to address attendee questions on calcium, vitamin D, nutrition, exercise, osteoporosis treatment and more.
Who: Chicago area osteoporosis patients, caregivers and anyone interested in bone health are invited to hear directly from the diverse team of world-class experts gathering for NOF’s annual meeting, including:
When: Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Where: Union League Club of Chicago
Main Dining Room
65 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60604
Why: In the U.S. today, one in two women and up to one in four men will break a bone in their lifetime due to osteoporosis. For women, this incidence is greater than that of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer combined. As the source of strength for the 44 million Americans at-risk or suffering from osteoporosis, NOF hosts consumer events across the country to arm patients, caregivers and consumers with the information they need to take action to prevent or better manage the disease.
Contact: Valerie Patmintra, NOF at 202-320-6388 or Valerie.Patmintra@nof.org
About the National Osteoporosis Foundation
Established in 1984, the National Osteoporosis Foundation is the leading health organization dedicated to preventing osteoporosis and broken bones, promoting strong bones for life and reducing human suffering through programs of public and clinician awareness, education, advocacy and research.
The December issue of Consumer Reports on Health announces "Good News about Osteoporosis Meds." A recent review of 294 studies completed since 2005 concluded that certain drugs to treat low bone density can reduce the risk of a spinal fracture by 40 to 60 percent in high risk women, and other fractures can be reduced by 20 to 40 percent.
NOF cautions the observational research study conducted by the Department of Surgical Sciences at Uppsala University in Sweden, and published recently in The BMJ, has a number of severe limitations, as the study authors admit in the abstract.