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National Osteoporosis Society (NOS)

Ninth NOS conference gets underway

Scientists and clinicians are gathering in the city of Bath to hear the latest research into the fragile bone disease osteoporosis.

The National Osteoporosis Society is holding the Ninth Bath Conference on Osteoporosis at the famous Assembly Rooms from Monday June 23 to Thursday June 26.

The programme will review recent developments in osteoporosis treatment and research and aims to encourage, inform and stimulate scientists and clinicians to improve the understanding and management of the disease.

Highlights of the biennial event include the educational update on the first day of the conference, bringing doctors and other health professionals up to date on the latest in risk assessment, diagnosis, treatment and ongoing monitoring of the disease.

The four-day conference will also look at the problem of spinal fractures which are worryingly under-reported. Once a post-menopausal woman has had one spinal fracture she is five times more likely to suffer another and has two to three times more chance of breaking her hip. Failure to identify these broken bones in the spine, which contribute to the height loss and spine curvature associated with the disease, means people are not prescribed treatments which would effectively prevent another broken bone.

Osteoporosis in men, hormone replacement therapy and new guidelines for doctors on corticosteroids, used to control conditions such as arthritis and asthma but which increases a personís risk of osteoporosis, will also be discussed.

A total of 137 research abstracts were considered for inclusion in the conferenceís programme. The scientific agenda includes 13 invited lecturers and 44 research papers are being presented to the conference attendees. They will also have the chance to look at a further 81 studies in special poster displays.

The conference will be opened by Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson and NOS Chairman Professor David Barlow.

13.11.2003


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