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Arthritis Res Ther. 2009;11(5):251. doi: 10.1186/ar2815. Epub 2009 Oct 14.

Progress in osteoporosis and fracture prevention: focus on postmenopausal women.

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Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Center for Education and Research on Therapeutics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 820 Faculty Office Tower, 510 20th Street South, Birmingham, AL 35294-3708, USA. ksaag@uab.edu

Abstract

In the past decade, we have witnessed a revolution in osteoporosis diagnosis and therapeutics. This includes enhanced understanding of basic bone biology, recognizing the severe consequences of fractures in terms of morbidity and short-term re-fracture and mortality risk and case finding based on clinical risks, bone mineral density, new imaging approaches, and contributors to secondary osteoporosis. Medical interventions that reduce fracture risk include sufficient calcium and vitamin D together with a wide spectrum of drug therapies (with antiresorptive, anabolic, or mixed effects). Emerging therapeutic options that target molecules of bone metabolism indicate that the next decade should offer even greater promise for further improving our diagnostic and treatment approaches.

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19849819
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PMC2787277
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10.1186/ar2815
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