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Research and new developments for osteoporosis

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Research has produced the FRAX® assessment tool, which is now being used by doctors to measure a patient’s risk of having an osteoporotic fracture.

A key focus is on developing systems to identify people who have already had a fracture to try to prevent further fractures. The Capture the Fracture scheme, launched by the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF), aims to reduce the number of secondary fractures by coordinating healthcare more effectively.

The National Osteoporosis Society (NOS) campaign Stop at One aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of osteoporosis and to encourage people to seek early diagnosis and treatment.

The Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA), which is jointly funded by the Medical Research Council and Arthritis Research UK, is conducting a programme of research that will helps us better understand why our bones, joints and muscles function less well as we get older, and eventually develop ways of preventing age-related musculoskeletal problems such as osteoporosis.

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