Research and new developments for osteoporosis

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Research has recently produced the FRAX® assessment tool, which was developed by the World Health Organization to measure a patient’s risk of having an osteoporotic fracture.

The SCOOP study is testing a method of community-based screening to find out whether early identification of risk, followed up with preventative treatment, leads to a reduction in the number of fractures in women aged 70–85.

A key focus is on developing systems to identify people who have already had a fracture in order to help 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.

Research is also investigating new drugs, which should further improve the available treatment options.

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