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GLOBAL EXPERTS TO PRESENT LATEST RESEARCH IN OSTEOPOROSIS, DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT AND ECONOMICS

NYON, Switzerland
April 8, 2004

Latin American physicians can learn the latest developments in osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment at the IOF World Congress on Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis in men
One in eight men suffers from osteoporosis. Yet doctors generally do not consider osteoporosis when examining male patients. What should doctors look out for?

New drugs
What are the latest developments in osteoporosis treatment? Physicians have a greater choice than ever, and the number of new treatments is growing quickly. Are bisphosphonates evolving? What about new SERMs, parathyroid hormone and strontium ranelate?

Sex hormones
What information do new studies tell us about the role of estrogen and testosterone in bone growth?

Genetics
Is there likely to be a major genetic breakthrough to identify an "osteoporosis gene"?

Risk assessment and diagnosis
What new techniques are available for non-invasive assessment of bone quality?

IOF AND OSTEOPOROSIS

The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) is a worldwide organization dedicated to the fight against osteoporosis. It brings together scientists, physicians, patient societies and corporate partners. Working with its 163 member societies in more than 81 locations, and other healthcare-related organizations around the world, IOF encourages awareness and prevention, early detection and improved treatment of osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis, in which the bones become porous and break easily, is one of the world's most common and debilitating diseases. The result: pain, loss of movement, inability to perform daily chores, and in many cases, death. One out of three women over 50 will experience osteoporotic fractures, as will one out of eight men1. Unfortunately, screening for people at risk is far from being a standard practice. Osteoporosis can, to a certain extent, be prevented, it can be easily diagnosed and effective treatments are available.

Find out if you are at risk, take the IOF One Minute Risk Test at: www.osteofound.org. The IOF website recorded 1.6 million hits in December 2003 – a 200% increase from December 2002.

1 Melton U, Chrischilles EA, Cooper C et al. How many women have osteoporosis? Journal of Bone Mineral Research, 1992; 7:1005-10

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